Re: Upper Back Pain
I had a lumbar discetomy on L5-S1 in 1994. I was doing excersises after the surgery when I felt a pop in my thoracic area. The pain came on real strong after the pop. I ended up going to my MD a couple of days later. I was put on the steroid pak for a week and the pain subsided. I had flare ups over the years with it (upper back) but they would last a few days or a week and then go away. I was doing great until August of 2000. I woke up one morning and the pain was very severe in the thoracic area. I thought I was also having a heartattack. I ended up going to 3 different Neuro's and had 4 MRI's, but nothing showed up (no disc buldge ect...) I was put on pain meds and told to learn to live with it. I had this very severe pain for about 5 months and finally one day I noticed it was starting to go away, and I was not grabbing for the pain pills (hydrocodine) nearly as often. I now have gone about 4 years again with a few flare ups, but that is about it. I do however try and watch myself a little closer as to how heavy any items are that I lift, and the proper lifting procedures. I know this probably does not answer your question, but yes I have had the pain, and yes it did go up my neck and shoulders and burn. I do get numbness into my right arm and two of my fingers once and a while, but the pain has not flared up real bad since the one time back in 2000. The docs never have been able to figure out what is causing this.