back pain management
HISTORY: work related mid back sprain July 1, 2011 from pushing a heavy cart around the corner. Lots of muscle pain and hypertonicity on right side of back spreading up into neck.
TREATMENTS so far: physiotherapy with intensive exercises has made me feel stronger but I have regressed and getting worse because I think I was overdoing it with the exercises.
XRAY of mid-back showed: there is some ossification in the intervertebral body ligament of the mid-back. no significant abnormality.
CURRENTLY: my lower mid part of my back seems to be mostly healed except I do have problems with the lat muscle being fatigued quite easily. I used to have alot of spinal joint pain there but it feels better. NOW my biggest problem is around T4-5 between the shoulder blades. There is lots of tight muscles around there and I get alot of pressure pain right on the spine there which freaks me out. The pressure increases the more I am upright and I feel better laying down. I get these sharp twinges almost like something is tearing when I move certain ways especially using the right arm to cross over body for whatever reason.
I have seen a chiropractor 3 times recently who said that maybe I am developing ankylosing spondylitis because at my age of 36 it is uncommon to have this calcification with pain problem. I am totally freaking out...I am depressed and don't know what to do.
I take naproxyn about once per day and use ice when it is at its worse and heat throughout the day. I do stretches and have stopped the actual strengthening exercises for now.
Any thoughts on what my problem is ??
I know about 5 weeks ago a physiotherapist worked on me and pushed really hard down on my spine up and down my back which caused a ton of pain especially in this T4ish area and I have been really bad since she did that.
What is the tearing feeling / sharp pains that I feel. What is the pressure that I am feeling.
I really am starting to feel like I just want to stay in bed because the pressure doesn't build up in my back in that area if I stay laying down but I know laying down isn't good either.