Re: Back & Neck Pain for 3 Months
You sound like me a little bit in regards to pillows & beds. When my low back first started bothering me (I had never had back pain before and was very active & went to the gym every other day, etc..) I couldn not understand for the life of me why it was hurting. I used to think I got a draft or something (LOL) among other things, thought maybe I overdid a workout (I cut down but things didn't improve), I ended up buying 2 different new mattresses which did nothing, and probably about 10 different pillows of all shapes & sizes. Nothing helped my back pain. I cannot say what is causing your upper back pain, only a doctor can help with that. But mine had gotten worse & worse over time and eventually went up my spine. I ended up having a lot of spine conditions that ended up needing surgery.
It is true that the majority of people who go to docs with back pain end up getting better within a few weeks or months. But if you are finding no changes to your pain or it's just getting worse over 3 months, then you probably need x-rays and an MRI. It could be just a muscle problem, but it could also be other things, such as problems in your cervical spine. If the current doc just blows you off again, then go to a different doctor. Make sure you tell them how long it's been going on, what, if anything, makes it feel better (Like different positions), what makes it worse, etc. In the mean time, you might want to try taking some Tylenol or Ibuprofen and alternating heat and ice over the area.