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Barblee22BBarblee22 Posts: 1
edited 01/08/2016 - 9:31 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am 22 years old, I'm not one to talk about it when I'm in pain unless its really bad. About a year ago, I hurt the upper part of my back by trying to put a pallet on top of another one by hand at work, instead of waiting for the fork lift drivers to do it. And ive dealt with the pain, BC I don't have very good insurance and can not afford a bunch of bills. The pain was tolerable it would hurt while I'm at work standing up or bending and when I get out of the bed whenever I wake up. Recently on new years eve I had a CAR wreck, my car flipped several times I'm lucky and grateful to be here. My car landed upside down in a field, I was able to get out on my own before the ambulance got there but as soon as I got out of my car and stood up, in the same area where my back has hurt for the past year it hurt ten times worse. The ambulance took me to the hospital, Because I couldn't breathe they wasn't sure if I couldn't breathe because of my back pain or if I damaged a lung or broke a rib. The hospital did 2 x- rays and sent me home without giving me a prescription for pain meds . I missed a couple days of work, but every thing is back to normal now besides my back pain. I was thinking maybe they missed something at the hospital they were very busy on new years eve so I went to a different hospital and got a second opinion they DID like 10 different x-ray positions and once again they said nothing was wrong besides I was having traumatic thoracic back pain. Once again they gave me no pain meds.
I haven't been able to sleep without waking up from the pain, it hurts so bad it makes me cry. Ive took ibuprofen, it didn't help. It just feels like somebody is stabbing me in that area, it burns, and aches I can't even talk when it hurts like literally it's hard for me to talk. ( But the one thing that is really bothering me is I feel like I can't breathe, it hurts really bad to take a breath and it feels like something is pushing on my lungs or im really short of breath. I don't now have a family doctor, but i have been informed that I need to get one. I really need some advice on what I should do and who I should turn to. It's not easing up it seems like its only getting worse. I would appreciate it if somebody could tell me what I should do. I got a lot of questions, I'm really concerned! Why is my back pain affecting my breathing and what can I do to help it. I'm hoping there is something I can do besides go to a chiropractor, and take pain medication. Please somebody help me out.

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  • LadyK13LLadyK13 Posts: 2
    edited 01/14/2016 - 4:24 AM
    Two years ago, I had T-8 disc rupture and compress my spinal cord. The only pain I suffered was a radiating, sharp spasm from my back, under my shoulder blades to the front of my right rib cage. It made it difficult to breathe. My back didn't really hurt though in previous years, if I did get a back ache after work, it would be below my shoulder blades or on back ribs above kidneys.

    I tell you this because after going to ER, the doctors took several days to even find ruptured, strayed disc. X-rays, didn't show it.
    A basic MRI without dye didn't show it. They were at a loss and started testing me for other stuff, like MS. Let me tell you, I sure didn't enjoy the spinal tap for meningitis.

    Finally, The MRI they gave me WITH dye suggested it, and the CT with dye really located the broken disc.

    Don't give up.

    "Depression is living in the past; anxiety is living in the future. . .live today, one day at a time."
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