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Thorasic Back Pain

Thorasic Back Pain

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Posted by Andy on August 30, 2000 at 20:05:49:

For the last 3 years I have been having chronic pain in the upper right side of my back. The pain centers in and around the shoulder blade, but recently has started to include the section of my ribs just below it.

The pain is constant, but varies in severity, sometimes becoming so painful that the only way I can function is to take narcotic painkillers.

Now here's the cruncher, because there is no known reason for this pain, (although many people do suffer with identical symptoms), the matter is always taken lightly or dismissively by whatever doctor (osteo, regular, arthritic) or completely misdiagnosed.

I do not have any damaged disks. Even though I have some similar symptoms to spondylitis, if medicated I have no restriction of movement. I do not have problems expanding my chest, except that it hurts. Again if medicated this is tolerable.

I do not have a gall bladder problem.

Xrays and ERS show no problems, except for an unusually straight kneck and back.

I do have unusual swelling in the right side of my back, just below the shoulder blade, but this is only prominent during seriously bad pain.

My problem is this. I am in pain. I need to not be in pain. The only way I can achieve this is to take narcotic pain killers. Not all the time, sometimes the pain is tolerable. But I can not get a doctor to regularly perscribe pain medicine, because of two things. 1/ it will not cure the problem. 2/ I will become addicted to oxycodone or hydrocodone or whatever.

Even with the pain killers sometimes I am still in pain, because although I use them sparingly, I gradually become more tolerant to them, and thus need higher doses to achieve the same level of pain management.

How on earth can I convince a doctor my pain is real, and that although I am aware of the addictive nature of what I am asking for, I need him/her to perscribe me the pills on a regular basis?

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