Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this. A little history. I am a 33/M overweight but not out of shape. I've been suffering from thoracic back pain and muscle spasms for 6 years now as a result of a fall from approximately 12 feet. The diagnosis from the fall was herniated L4 and L5. The CT scan also revieled an older injury. Compression fracture of T6. Treatment was rest and pain medicine and I was back to work in 2 weeks. Work being self employed contractor in the residential sector. My lower back never hurt after the fall outside of normal aches and pains associated from my job. About 3 months after the accident the middle right side of my back developed a knot approximately 4 inches around below the compression fracture and to the right around T8/T9. The pain associated from this has been every imaginable variety depending on my workload for over 5 years now. I changed jobs due to the pain. The pain is constantly dull and the knot meet goes away, the longer I stand ( which unfortunately is a long time with my new job) the more pain I have. Simple tasks like walking or picking up my son have become a chore And my wife tasks me that my gait has changed, though I don't notice it. And while my job description has changed I am still currently uninsured and not a candidate for the affordable care act. I found this website after a sleepless night from said pain and after reading through the forums was impressed by the amount of knowledge here.
My questions are these
1) Could this be related to my previous injury or caused by something else?
2) As I said I'm overweight. At 6'4" I tip the scales at 270 pounds. However, that is deceiving. I was very active before the injury started limiting my mobility and regularly lifted weights and participated in athletics. Are there any exercises I can do to strengthen the latissimus dorsi and longissimus thoraci muscles that are "knotted up" for lack of a better term. I have recently started yoga to try to do so but not had any positive results.
My lack of insurance is a major problem that much is clear. My wife graduates college in 3 months, at which time I will be insured and able to seek the opinion of a doctor. I'm the mean time I just want to get answers to these questions and possibly alleviate some of the pain without medication.
There are no medical professionals on the forum side of this site. Therefore everything you read is based on the personal experiences and/or research done by the individual member. Comments should never be taken as pure medical facts. You need to discuss this with your doctor. They are the only ones that can provide you with detailed information about you, the patient.
Liz, Spine-health Moderator