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Chronic pain

bigginbbiggin Posts: 1
edited 02/01/2016 - 1:43 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
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.

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/01/2016 - 1:43 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 159
    I to took a fall at work. Did a compression fracture on my T7, smashed it. Cracked T6&T8. Did Not have  it looked at for 5 months. Did go to my PCP, other doctors to. But no xrays where took. Everyone was saying cracked ribs or it will take time to heal. Friends and family started saying I walk leaning forward. I finally went to a neurosurgeon. He did an MRI. Said I was lucky that i'm not paralyzed. He could not believe I waited this long. So I ended up worse. He had to fuse my T4-T10.  Not sure why you say your not a candidate for  the affordable care act. I have it with my back issues. They dont ask you any health question. But you could and can hurt yourself worse, like me. I think you should really be seeking a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic doctor. And don't be lifting.   
    Greg fisher
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,146
    Could this be related to my previous injury or caused by something else?

    Yes, either one.  Have you tried a muscle relaxer?  That might be a relatively inexpensive fix since you don't have insurance.

    I can't imagine going through this without insurance.  There is a forum here to discuss insurance

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    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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