Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Mid/Upper back pain, from spine to shoulder, chronic for ~2 years
I have been in the navy for a while now, and for the past 2 years, I have had back pain in my upper back.  Heres the progression

I intially complained about it, and was pretty much blown off for 6 months. Changed commands, and saw doctor there. she IMMEDIATELY put me on physical therapy... completed 6 weeks  of PT, but unable to complete the 24 prescribed due to scheduling conflicts (nuclear prototype school, consists of ~90 hour work weeks of rotating shift work). Changed commands again, went to carrier, they re initiate my physical therapy, complete ~6 weeks, again. I stop going because its not getting better, so I complain further up, have an MRI scheduled for next saturday.

found out I have been incorrectly taking flexeril for over a year and a half! (only supposed to take for 2-3 weeks because long term usage is unknown, I have been using for 75 weeks... can I sue ? lol -.-)

Ok, symptoms

Usually, a stubborn, dull pain radiating from mid back, primarily right side, but not focused. seems to start mildly at my spine, and gets worse proceding to shoulder. Pain varies from as mild as a 2/10 to 4-5/10 some days. Seldomly however, extreme spasms occur, debilitating 8/10 to 10/10 sometimes. again, rare, but often enough to bug the **** out of me.

What relieves it? Motrin/Naprosyn provide mild relief, but not total relief. Flexeril just knocks me out, so Im not sure how it affects my pain.  Never taken opiates, but im sure it'd help haha. Stretching my neck down, i.e. chin to chest, seems to slightly alleviate the pain, but not completely. soon as stretching stops, pain returns immediately.

Treatment ->
- stretch therapy, un productive.
- strength training, unproductive.
- ultrasound/heat therapy, stops spasms, but not chronic pain (seems to anyway)
- 2 x-rays, unconclusive
- MRI next saturday (hopefully provides answers!)
- medicine, temporary pain relief

What I want -> I want the pain gone! its annoying/ridiculous to go through my life like this. Im 21, i should have this problem :(

thank you very much in advance!
-Jordan




Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
bump i guess. no one has anything at all to add?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Hey... I'm only 20 yrs old & have had back pain for 5 yrs. I had spinal fusion surgery last year. So I know how frustrating it is to have this pain when you're so young. You just want to be able to do everything you can & live, but sometimes the pain is too much.

I know it's tough to wait but it's a long process to get everything figured out. After you get your MRI done, I'd recommend going to an orthopaedic doctor to go over the results. He might be able to offer a different treatment based on the results.

And don't worry about the Flexiril. I was on it for years when I was younger for juvenile arthritis and had no idea you're not supposed to be haha. Never had a problem with it though

Good luck! Hope you feel better:)
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Back & Neck Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Pain Answerers
547368 tn?1440545385
Blank
On the Beaches of Paradise, FL
Avatar universal
Blank
Milwaukee, WI
Avatar universal
Blank
st. louis, MO
17878338 tn?1465314274
Blank
Chesapeake, VA