I have just joined, and am hoping for some advice.
I suffer from pain in my upper back, on the left side... it's closer to the middle of the back than the shoulder blade. Sometimes it wraps around the side and the front of my rib (under my breast). This pain comes on after walking or standing for about 15 minutes.
The pain first came on two years ago during a normal walk for exercise. It started to become more common, and eventually became a daily struggle.
The MRI shows a bulge at T10-T11 and degeneration in lower discs.
However, my docs aren't convinced my left rib/back pain is caused by this bulge.
I've been through hours of physical therapy, massage, chiropractor, 3 spinal injections, acupuncuture, and seen by an osteopath.
I'm only 27 and am a teacher. As you can imagine, not being able to stand or walk is a struggle with my job and totally hinders my quality of life.
In addition, I've had chronic arm pain (both arms, shoulders, etc) for over 10 years...yes it started when I was only 16. I had come to terms with the arm pain, but cannot accept this back pain. It's stealing my joy.
Any ideas on types of doctors/treatments I should try? Or, has anyone had similar pain? Or a bulge in this location... what symptoms did you have?
Sorry so long. Thanks for reading. I wish you all the best.
- Moderator note: See Upper Back Pain from a Thoracic Herniated Disc