Help, it hurts. Yeah, that's pretty much all I can say. I don't post in thoracic forum, and am doing so through quite a bit of pain right now, due to something new. I am hoping someone can just give me their take on my situation.
Last night I was showering, and I was a little too animated I suppose in my scrubbing and washing. I reached behind my neck/shoulder with my right hand, and CLACK! I felt like I had been shot right between the shoulder blades, or as if I were made of lego blocks and a big one had just popped out. The pain was initially so intense it radiated through my chest cavity, gave me sort of a scare that my heart had stopped or something, but after a moment or two i caught my breath, realized it was my spine, and immediately took to the most comfortable position; on my feet, squatting, with my arms close to my chest. This all happened in a matter of a few seconds I believe (not sure, sort of blacked out)
I am lucky I was not alone, because the pain was well, unbearable. After about 30 minutes of torturous movement, tears, and breathing exercises, I had made my way out of the bathroom and was able to wake someone, who took me to the hospital. They diagnosed me with a thoracic strain, and sent me home. The dr. was one of those ones who made his diagnosis before he even walked in the room; blew me off as a muscle strain, and wouldn't listen to me. I know why, but it's frustrating. Anyhow, this thing, this injury that happened, it's just how I hurt my lower back, except for the shower.. The experience was so very similar. I've pulled a million muscles, and this isn't one of them. Anyhow, they had me on an IV, gave me ativan (i was very tense), morphine, and phenergan. The pain was sustained, so they gave me another IV shot of morphine. It *touched* the pain for about 30 minutes, and then it was back to where it was, and it is, a nice, healthy 7 or 8. We all have different pain scales, but to me 7 or 8 is where you've got shortness of breath, maybe some real tears of pain. A 9 is screaming/vomiting/uncontrollable pain, and a 10, I assume unconscious from the intensity. So, that's my scale, and I'm near the top.
It doesn't hurt when I breathe, but I do feel an increased pain if I lean my head forward, backward, or sideways. The pain is constant, and I don't know what to do.. I'm already taking 30mg of methadone a day for my lower back injury, with dilaudid, but this pain just supersedes all of that. The meds don't help this at all.
Ok, so I know, I know, an ER can't treat everything, but I went because I feel like I blew a disc out or something, and had hoped they would use imaging to check it out; it was my only hope. I have no insurance, and have been denied all from private to medi-cal. I have no money, so I, I can't get the MRI I need.
My bottom line question is, does anyone think I am over reacting? If so, please say yes, tell me I'm a nut and that it will go away. But does anyone think that I might have really hurt myself? I'm in constant pain; it increases to a very solid 8 only with significant head movement, or if I move my arms about much, or any body movement at all really. I've got no tingling or numbness... I'm just looking for an educated guess, please
I've learned to deal with my lumbar pain, I can't even feel it now, but this is just killing me. I know I need an MRI, that's not what I want to know, I just want to know if it sounds like I may have injured anything or if I'm just having the worst muscle pain in the world.