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Severe upper back and shoulder pain..X-ray and MRI both normal..how?!

Ju5teiJJu5tei Posts: 1
edited 01/29/2016 - 11:33 PM in Chronic Pain
I have had about 3 years of very severe upper back pain and pain in my shoulders. I was 18 when it started. Visited my first Dr who told me to lose weight and the pain would go away (I was 280 at the time). I lost about 60lbs and since there was no change in my pain decided to see someone else who also told me to lose more weight and treated me as a drug seeker. I ended up losing a total of 125lbs and have been at a healthy weight leading an active lifestyle for quite some time. My pain got worse. I saw my third Dr who told me to take ibuprofen and see a chiropractor as well as a massage therapist. I did as instructed but still my pain persisted. Once again I was treated as a junkie (I'm assuming because of my age..I was 20 by this time). I got extremely discouraged and decided no more doctors. Well...6 months later my pain was so bad I passed out and ended up in the ER. Unfortunately for me I was once again treated poorly and my X-ray there was normal. I followed up with a Dr two days later who prescribed me flexeril. It dulled the pain but made me want to do nothing but sleep and it made me very ill and unable to stomach anything. I decided to switch doctors ...again. This Dr suggested physical therapy and prescribed tramadol and naproxen and also tried me on various muscle relaxers which either made me very ill or didn't help. I was going to physical therapy three times a week for a few months and still am for now. Dr did am MRI and everything came back normal. I made an appointment this coming month with yet another Dr... I just don't know what to do. I don't know what's causing this pain or why no one will help me. I can't sleep most nights. Nothing helps. I cry all the time. My pain keeps getting worse. How do I get someone to really listen to me and help me? I'd like to go about my life pain free or at least with little pain.


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