Only around four times have I experienced what feels like death...sorry to exaggerate. It starts as a localized shooting pain in my thoracic region then radiates out. I can't turn or it shoots again. Also, if I try to pick something up, even a pencil, it feels like the radiating pain moves back to the localized section then slowly increases to a shooting pain again, forcing me to drop the object. If the pain was higher than the arms I would understand the arm weakness, but it isn't. I suppose it could be a muscle thing...I can tell when it is about to happen every thing in my back seems to tense and the area gets sore-ish. I just want to know if anyone has experienced anything like this or if anyone has any ideas what it could be. Thank you!