Last year I went to my GP with pain in the left side of my back, I believe in the T8/9 area, that wrapped around my ribs to the front of my upper abdomen. Was told it was an overuse injury, diagnosed with radiculopthy, and was given some pain pills.
After a couple of weeks of taking these pills and getting no relief I went back and got a referral to an orthopedist. Was given just an x-ray of the area and everything looked normal. No bone spurs or tumors or any other bony abnormalities were seen. It was concluded I had an intercostal neuritis and it would resolve on its own after a few months.......and low and behold it did resolve.
Fast forward to this past January and the pain, numbness, and tingling came back. This time though, it seems worse than before. It definitely bothers me more, and I can really feel it mainly in my upper abdomen just below my sternum. It's very hard to describe the feeling. At times it's burning, others I'll get maybe a jolt of pain. Often it feels as though I've done 100 crunches and I get that lactic acid type burn in the muscles. It just feels so weird it's like you have to constantly rub it. Like an internal tickle or something. Twisting or certain other positions will aggravate my back in the area and I can feel the muscles all around my torso painfully stretch with those movements.
I'm a stomach sleeper and for a while before this began I would often wake up with painful ribs, so I'm fairly certain this posture on a pretty old mattress is playing a role in my current situation. I'm sure other factors are at play here as well, but I haven't figured them out yet as I'm pretty new to this pain experience.
Anyway, since I'm turning 40 this year just to be thorough I made an appointment with a gastroenterologist to make sure the insides all check out before I start investigating the outside. I'll be heading there Monday. I trust my doc who has taken care of me for 30 years, but I'm a bit of a worrier and want to be sure.
Just wanted to share my story and see if anyone else has had any similar experiences. I have read through the forum and see that the thoracic area can have some funny things that go along with it and all kinds of oddball pains that can happen. If this is the start of a long painful journey I'm glad I found a place where people understand where you come from.
Thank you for reading,