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Upper Back Pain From Head-Butt as Teenager

edited 11/07/2013 - 8:36 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
When I was around 16 years old, I was head-butted from behind by a teenager during "child playful fighting", but the skinny
kid gave it all he had as he held my arms so I could not move. He proceeded to Head-butt my upper back (right between the arms and right on my Spinal Cord) while we were both standing. He Head-butted me about 3-4 times which causes immediate pain but no hinderance or "cause of immediate limitation of movement in my upper body".

I experienced the pain for 1-2 months as I applied a heating pad to my upper back to dry to "sooth" the point of impact thinking that it may help "heal" any damage. I had some anxiety at the time that some immediate/permanent damage might have occured, which could lead to a worsening condition of my upper back, but I relented from telling my parents or requesting to see a doctor to check and make sure that everything was alright, but I thought that it would be too much of an outragious fear. The pain, after 2 months went away completely and I thought that it healed itself.

But since then, every once in a while the pain would re-appear.

Between the age of 20-25 and 30-40 I worked out heavily, especially on my back and lifted heavy weights without any real pain in my upper back during of after the lifting. And I never really had any pain there in my upper back as a result of working out on building muscles.

Now that I am in my mid-40s, if I work around the house or spend the day lifting things, the pain re-appears and it causes my anxiety to kick in making me think that something more serious happened to my spine that fateful day as a teenager. A few weeks ago I was simply moving a ladder for 7 hours around the outside of the house as I painted a outdoor Soffit around the house and the pain appeared two days later. Also, I was trying a new "abs" work out method at the Gym where you "twist" your legs as you lift them in order to work out your "side abs" and this causes the pain to re-appear as well. I can live with being limited from doing such exercises as long as I know that my spine will not "break" or "paralyze me permanently".

I can live with the pain for the rest of my life. It is not "debilitating". But I have anxiety and fear over the idea that my body is saying that something really bad could happen to my upper spine if I do not get it checked out. One of the reasons why I have not had it checked out was because of the realization that there probably is nothing they could do to fix such a issue, but I just want to know that there is no "structural" damage or something severe like a "broken back" or "severly damaged cord".

Any thoughts? I've googled "head butt spinal injury" for years but I seem to be the only person on the planet who was diagnosed with being injured in this way.


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