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Hi and welcome to the boards :wave:

I would recommend posting on the "back problems" and pain management" boards. You will get a better response to your questions and a lot of people are going through similar situations. There is also a "depression" board and an "arthritis" board here. I am sure you can find all of them very useful as it sounds like your dealing with many different situations tying together.

Have you tried physical therapy? stretches? walking? heat? cold packs? Does the doctor have you on any pain meds? I guess the more important questions would be, have you had an MRI and what did it say if you have? If not then it needs to be done, also look into going to a pain management doctor for help. They are better suited for a situation like yours. Have you looked up Fibromyalgia? It sounds like you might have some symptoms, you should do a search on that and also there is a fibromyalgia board here also..

Please keep us posted..


* 27 years old, male
*Chronic upper back pain for about 6 years, recently getting really bad, really stiff in the morning takes forever to get going, lasts all day everyday.
*Crackling sounds from rib cage area across upper and middle back when stretching.
* Pain, tightness and burning all day long, usually ranges from a 4 through 9 depending on the day and how my body wants to react. Usually it's at least a 6/7 all day recently, used to be an annoying 3/4 all day, which I lived with but hated.
*Problem areas are mainly around breastbone area of chest, across shoulder blades, dead center upper back, upper shoulders and back of neck. Feels as if it's muscles and bones/joints, possibly ribs.
*Muscles spasms, had a couple that were severe enough to go to ER, felt like I was having a heart attack, pain radiated through upper back to chest area.
*Taking Vicodin 5/500 Soma 350 and Celebrex 200, which also helps somewhat but not to where I am not bothered by the pain, burning, tightness ect..
*Chiropractic 3 years, PT on and off again, all of which produces results that do not last for more than the day I have them.
*Can't remember any trauma I had that would have caused all this. Don't understand how it's getting worse.
*Can't really do anything, lifting, heavy physical ect.. Try and walk and stretch when I can.
*Still undiagnosed and waiting