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What a pain in the....back!

davisgaddavisga Posts: 1
edited 01/06/2016 - 7:14 PM in Chronic Pain
Greetings all, I suppose my pain and issues are no different than any one else’s. I have referenced this site so many times that I thought I’d post my problem and where I am.

I have had terrible issues for the past three years with my back. A constant stabbing pain beneath my right shoulder blade which then drives a burning sensation that runs up my spine between my should blades to my neck. I feel like they are related. Breathing in deep hurts – it puts a ton of pressure and stress on what feels like a rubber band around my back, beneath my shoulder blades.

My regular doc referred me a pain management doc a little over three years ago. After waiting 3 hours, I was blown off. He told me I was right handed and sit too much and that’s why I hurt. I am left-handed and sit way less than he thought. Asked doc for another referral and was referred to a large orthopedic company. Had some family issues going on so I was unable to get in until September 2014.

My doc ran me through all the tests (hold arms out, etc). Nothing. X-rays at the first appointment – nothing. I was given a muscle relaxer and a small dose of Lortab. It worked okay. I have been prescribed most muscle relaxers out there and have had no improvement. Tried Celebrex, prescription NSAIDs, etc.

So for the past 1.5 years I have seen this doc almost regularly as we try to figure out what the hell is going on. I have had 2 MRIs, 3 trigger point injections, and EMG, 1 CAT scan, physical therapy, and 4 epidural steroid injections.

For a while I was taking Gabapentin 300mg at night and Oxycodone 5mg or 10mg up to 40mg/day. The only thing Gabapentin did was put me to sleep - which was good, I took it at bed.

MRIs showed nothing. CAT scan shows a partially herniated disc in my neck and some bone spurs. Doc thinks that neck issues are causing the pain under the shoulder blade. (But are they?)

First 3 epidurals where in the neck area, thinking that would kill the pain - no effect. Last week I had an epidural at the spot of the pain. During the x-ray they use when doing the epidural, the doc saw a bone spur on my spine just to left of my pain, maybe that is something. So, 6 days later no effect at all. Horrible pain. Back has been burning since Saturday almost nonstop. I sat in an airport yesterday for 3 hours waiting for a flight. I literally just sat there, I was in so much pain I just couldn’t do anything else.

This pain is having a huge effect on my life. It’s keeping me from wanting to do things, I’ve put on weight, I can barely lift my kids, it keeps me from being able to concentrate on tasks because I hurt. It’s so crazy though that nothing is fixing this. It’s frustrating the hell outta me.

I am 37 year old male. I am 6’3” and a little overweight, but the pain was there before being overweight. Never had a big accident or anything. I did have a job once where I was doing a lot of squatting loading bags on planes. Now I do office work, but spend a lot of time traveling so I am only at a desk 30% of a week. I sit with good posture.

Doc has mentioned talking to a surgeon but what are they going to fix? I’ll go back to see the doc next week to see what’s next and to get another pain med prescription. I hate the looks I get when I fill something at the pharmacy but it is nice to have some relief so I can carry out normal, sleep, and play with the kids. This sucks. Driving me crazy.

Thanks for listing.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/06/2016 - 7:14 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. The pain you describe in your upper back is what sent me to my doctor in 2008. The ending result four months later was a 3-level cervical fusion from C4-7. The pain was from muscle spasms as my neck tried to hold my head up with three desiccated discs in my neck. It's very common to have pain in the upper back and behind the shoulder blades when you have cervical problems.

    I agree with your doctor that you should see a surgeon. That doesn't necessarily mean surgery, but the surgeon can better tell what's happening and what to try. If you do seek out a surgeon, make sure you trust him/her 100%. It's also wise to get a few opinions to make sure that what you need going forward is the best thing to do.

    I hope you can find what's happening and that a conservative treatment plan will work for you. But if you end up needing surgery, the cervical area is much easier to recover from than lumbar surgery (I've had one cervical and two lumbar surgeries).

    Take care,
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