Hi everyone, I'm glad to have found this forum and I'm hoping your experiences can help me!
My situation is exactly the same as the poster(s) from this thread created about two years ago. Here's the long story of how my pain began:
I was deployed to Iraq two years ago when I was 23, which as you can imagine, involved a lot of sleeping on cots/the ground/crummy bunks and wearing/carrying a lot of weight. My back would be sore, but that was obviously expected. When I returned in 2009, my back pain did not go away and actually started getting worse.
I first went to the VA doc who took x-rays, he said nothing is wrong other than slight scoliosis to the right. The VA took more x-rays and found nothing wrong, also denying my claim of service connection. I went to a chiropractor who did some manual adjustment and activator but otherwise found nothing wrong. I went to a physical therapist who said my spine is slightly misaligned and advised me to roll on a foam roller.
Currently, the pain is the worst when I'm sitting or standing for more than 30 minutes or so. My back (primarily mid-back) will start feeling very painful and tight. I can flex my back or twist in my chair and it will crack slightly, but doesn't bring significant relief. I can only get relief by using the foam roller on the floor, in which case my spine would crack loudly in a few places and it will feel better for 20 minutes or so. Rinse and repeat.
I have an appointment with the pain management clinic at the VA on Monday. Does anyone have any idea what may be wrong? Obviously most of the docs I saw don't. I want relief, but first I need to know what's wrong. I would also like to be able to convince the VA there is something very wrong with me resulting from military service. Thanks in advance.