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24/7 upper back pain at 24

kgreeniakkgreenia Posts: 1
edited 01/05/2016 - 11:09 PM in Chronic Pain

Looking for ANY advice - I feel like I've tried everything. I'm 24 years old and have had upper back pain and neck pain for 5+ years. It's been a long journey of trying to find solutions and nothing has helped long term.

It's a dull pain in my shoulders, in between my shoulders, in my neck. All I ever want is to be massaged all the time. The muscles are so tight and tired.

I've tried 3 months of physical therapy, I've gotten an MRI (found nothing), I've gone to a sports doctor who just prescribed pain killers that didn't do much, I've gone to medical doctors, I've gone to a chiropractor for 2 years, and I do hot yoga 3+ times a week. I have a back roller, a back massage roller, I have a cervical traction device, firm mattress, approved neck pillow from my chiropractor. An xray shows that my neck is pretty straight - straighter than it should be, but nothing has changed from getting adjustments, etc.

I also have bad tendentious and TMJ - which I know isn't maybe covered by this forum, but I feel like there must be a reason I have all these muscle pains.

I played volleyball in high school but that was about it, nothing too aggressive. I'm a physically active person - yoga and running mostly. BMI is 20.6

I work a desk job, which definitely does not help, but I stand a decent amount of the day.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this at this young of age, this constant, and this long?

Thank you!



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    edited 01/06/2016 - 12:54 AM

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  • Do you have Supraspinitus tendonitis? If you went to PT what were they treating you for? I can understand your MRI being clear but I just wonder if you have a muscle issue?? More info would be appreciated.....
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