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  • So sick of my back! Could use some advice please!!!!

    Ok so for about 3 to 4 years now I have had this "nagging" back injury. I believe I originally received this injury by falling on a wooden log facing upwards, back first. At first my back was just sore and it would have this weird popping sensation when I squated and it all eventually went away but over time the muscle would start to burn.

    Over the past years its gotten worse. It went from barely even noticing it to if I dont have some form of back support my back muscle starts to burn like crazy, like the muscle is activating and working for some reason. Then in the past 6 months it again got even worse and now it hurts to turn my torso to my left.

    The pain is in my mid/upper back on the left side of my spine. So when I turn left and my scapula forces closer to my side it hurts. I have been to my doctor for this many many times. Finally this year he sent me to physio and a specialist after four years of complaining and progressively getting worse! I did about 12 weeks of physio with next to no progress in helping my pain.

    So he sent me to a specialist and the specialist told me the x rays of my back they took looked fine and that it must be muscular damage or something and that he couldn't help me. He then told me since its been four years it obviously isn't going to heal on its own and basically told me im fucked. This was a week or two ago. I have an appointment to speak with my doc soon but I imagine he's just going to be no help so I'm asking here.


    Has anyone had anything similar to this or have any advice? This is a constant bother to me and I want to try and find a solution to this.....


    Also it doesnt seem to effect me lifting....I have no weakness or pain when lifting...it just hurts if I expand my back or twist to the left and it constantly burns.....ANY HELP would be amazing.....thanks guys!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lhart6272 View Post
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      I've been to three chiros in my area.....trust me I have done everything in my power to help this.....all these chiros did was the same thing.....crack my back...then put me on some electric current machine.....one tried acupuncture on me too......no help what so ever.....maybe these people arent the best at what they do but they were the highest recommended chrio's in my area.


      So advice would be amazing. Thanks again

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      • #4
        I would look into ART or one of its variants. Have you gotten a MRI or just a x-ray? Does it feel deep or is there anything you can palpate?

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        • #5
          I have only had an x ray. They never sent me for an MRI. Also there isn't much to really feel....I think there was a knot there my girlfriend says but the doctors never noticed anything worth mentioning. I have not heard of ART so I will google that right now.

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          • #6
            I think the MRI would be a good next step but one thing that might have occurred is nerve damage. Based on what you said, that being you do not have any loss of strength, you could have pinched your nerves and damaged them and when you move in a certain way it affects that particular nerve. Have any doctors mentioned this possibility to you previously?

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            • #7
              Deep tissue massage has done wonders for me in the past. That would be beneficial if its is some sort of a impingement in the nerves or is possible damage to the lumbars. But I have to agree with the others an MRI would be my next step.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mentalflex View Post
                I think the MRI would be a good next step but one thing that might have occurred is nerve damage. Based on what you said, that being you do not have any loss of strength, you could have pinched your nerves and damaged them and when you move in a certain way it affects that particular nerve. Have any doctors mentioned this possibility to you previously?

                -Kris
                No doctors have mentioned anything about nerve damage....the only thing they said was it might be bursitis in my scapula, or muscular damage. My specialist laughed when I told him my doc thought it might be bursitis though.

                I have no strength loss at all and have been progressing very well in all of my back movements but it could very well be nerve damage. I have no experience with that so I don't know...My doc is basically not sure what to do. That's why he sent me to the specialist I guess. Maybe I'll try and push for that MRI. Thanks for all the help though guys

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                • #9
                  I agree with above...MRI is the first step. After you know exactly what is wrong, then you can consider methods to treat it. You just don't want to screw with your back. Trust me...I've had back problems for over 30 years and it's no fun.
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                  • #10
                    Get an MRI and possibly see a pain specialist. I had a pinched sciatic for 2 months and went and got an epidural and it calmed eveything down and my back feels great now. An Xray won't show soft tissue damage like an MRI will so get that done.

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                    • #11
                      I might have had something similar to what you have. I was always trying to bend over and pull on something to help stretch out my upper middle back. Then I found that taking 2 moderately heavy dumbbells and doing a deep chest flye stretch on a flat bench really helped to stretch that middle part of my back. Really try to bring the shoulder blades together on this. I'm not sure if this will help you, but it might be worth a try.

                      I think that deep tissue massage is always good too.

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                      • #12
                        Well I found an A.R.T/Chiro and have been going to him for treatment out of my own pocket for a few months now and I have had very limited success. It has gotten slightly better, but my back still burns a lot of the time and gets very stiff sometimes.

                        He believes it's nerve damage and that one of my spinal joints is hurt as well.....I'm starting to think this injury might never fully heal. My doc is still clueless and I have an appt with him in December so we'll see what he says then but I'm running out of ideas.

                        If anyone has any other ideas/opinions it would be great....I would love to finally recover from this..

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                        • #13
                          anyone?

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                          • #14
                            perhaps a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain?
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                            • #15
                              I would start with getting at distinct (differential) diagnosis and from there a distinct prognosis.

                              I've only read here that your ART guy, "believes it's nerve damage and that one of my spinal joints is hurt as well." You can mask pain in various ways, but you're not getting to the root of things.

                              My first thought was that you may have a rib out of place, but I can't tell from your description where your pain actually is.

                              I would also look at your posture. If you're slumped over chronically, this can cause this kind of pain.

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