• TreecieLynn TreecieLynn
    May 29, 2009
    Thoracic back pain and muscle spasm for 10 years
    TreecieLynn TreecieLynn
    May 29, 2009

    I  currently have chronic pain in my upper thoracic spine right between my scapula that feels as though there is someone pushing their fist into my back at all times.  It has been getting progressively worse for about ten years after a trauma to that area of the back. No examination was done at that time.

    Some days it's worse and I cannot turn my head and can barely rotate my trunk. It is tender to the touch always. Nothing has shown up on either MRIs or X-ray so it doesn't seem to be musculoskeletal. Naproxyn and methocarbomal help some, but after 10 years of this I'm starting to think I'm losing my mind! Any ideas?

    My neurologist suggests nerve damage, which we will look into after a course (yet again in PT) but as I'm just beginning Ribavirin/interferon now, that's on hold.

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 01, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 01, 2009

    Since there's no evidence of musculoskeletal damage, I suspect your neurologist is on the right track looking into nerve damage.  If there's nerve involvement, medications like Lyrica or Neurontin may be helpful – but I don't know if they can be taken while you're having Ribavirin/Interferon treatments.  How long will those last?  I'm sorry you have to wait to address your back pain issues, especially since it's been getting worse for 10 years.  I hope the R/I treatments go well and you're able to get back to finding relief for your back pain soon. 

    Here are some links that might be helpful:

    How to Exercise with Arthritis

    How to Avoid Back and Neck Pain

    Four Good Reasons to Have Spinal Surgery

     


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