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.