Hi, I'm very grateful to have found this forum months ago and have been reading especially since it's one of the only places that has such a place for us upper back pain sufferers! I have a disk protrusion in T6/T7 as confirmed by MRI in 2014 after suffering pain between the shoulderblades, in the shoulders, and neck, since childhood. I've tried PT, chiropractor, exercise/tai chi, OTC meds, you name it all with no relief. Trigger point injections made it worse. I currently get epidurals several times a year and tramadol 50mg PRN which lets me function but barely. My pain is every single day and I've noticed it especially since the holiday season when I've had to be on my feet more cooking, shopping etc. which I normally don't do at all because of my back.
My triggers are being in any position except lying down or reclining, like sitting at a desk or driving, but standing is the worst. I can only stand for about 10 minutes before I'm in excruciating pain. I can't walk much longer than that.
My question is, does anyone use mobility aids for this type of pain? I've noticed I can walk longer when I use a shopping cart, for instance, and have considered a walker or rollator (so I can sit down whenever I need). I see my doctor next month and will ask then, but in the meantime... I've never tried a wheelchair, cane, walker, or any kind of aid, but maybe it's time to invest in one.