I have inexplicable, excruciating back pain.
August 24, 2006 9:15 AM Subscribe
I have inexplicable, excruciating back pain. Help me figure out what to do/who to see about it.
posted by curie to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know if the chiropractors I've made fun of developed more effective voodoo dolls or if I wrenched it in my sleep or what, but this is a pretty far out there kind of pain. I will be going to some sort of doctor today, but I have some questions.
First: it's not in my lower back. Lower back is fine and dandy. It's the upper half of the thoracic spine. It extends all the way out to the shoulder blades. Is this unusual as far as back pain goes?
Second: accompanying all this is a soreness and tightness that wraps around the lower part of my pectorals. I don't know if this is like a sympathetic pain or if it's caused by the tightness of my back or something else entirely.
There is a position that is bearable. If I use perfect posture but roll the shoulders slightly forward the pain is significantly lessened; a deviation of as little as 10% from this produces a sharp stabbing pain right in the middle of my back.
So: what kind of doctor should I see? I GP? A physical therapist? Should I request any specific tests? X-Ray? Does anyone have experience with this sort of upper back pain?
Honestly, the only way I was able to sleep last night was to take some left over Percocet and it still really really really hurt. So I need some sort of actual fix. Thanks.
(Asking for Optimus.)