It is nice to know I'm not alone. I have had chronic back pain and have been in pain management for almost 10 years now. I have issues with cervical, lumbar and thoracic areas.
What happened three weeks ago now has totally rocked my world. I had been battling my thoricic are for several weeks, extreme mid back pain...but I woke at 4am with intense left sided kidney area pain that radiated through me down to my groin. It was a constant ripping pain that I could find no position to get relief. My husband insisted after an hour of this it may be kidney stones...so off to the ER we went. After urine, blood and CT scan, they told me that there were no stones present, then the nurse gave me a lecture on how she handles her back pain, then a doctor came in and lectured me about the fact I use pain meds daily. All the time I am wrething in pain...they told me this was most likely referred pain from my back and I just needed too see my PM doctor. They gave me a shot of something that did nothing to help and sent me on my way.
I never had this type of pain that was back related, it was so different I was certain it had to be something else bad going on inside me. It was so painful to sit, I could get it to calm down by laying with a heating pad. That following Monday, got there and found out my regular Dr. was not there. I was so upset but they did a quick exam and scheduled me for an ESI of T11 and 12 two weeks away...I begged them to get me in earlier, thank goodness someone did. I had the ESI which first increased the pain for about 12 hours...then it got better, I had my first relief from this awful pain one week after it started. The pain unfortunately returned, very intense but I am now scheduled for to of the long lasting ESI's T11,12 and L1 and 2. My PM doctor did a trigger point in the office which after a day or two brought my pain level down again to tolerable while i wait for more injections.
I have also seen my PCP about this, she thinks there is a possibility I may have a compression fracture,(I also have osteoporosis) as I have been having gastric problems since this started also. Nothing showed on Xray, but she said that happens often show she will be scheduling me for an updated Thoracic spine MRI.
My PM doctor now wants me to consult a surgeon...: (
I am sorry for being so long winded but honestly I was starting to think if nothing can be done for this I can't live this way. Currently my pain is tolerable and I am back at work. But I would certainly love to hear from anyone else who has had this type of pain and how they handled it and how they are doing now.