Iam a 37 year old woman, who has suffered from upper back pain for almost 20 years now. The pain has subsided at times, and increased at times with the combination of a stressful lifestyle and extreme physical exertion. The pain has recently started to become so bad that it is interfering with my lifestyle and to the point, where voltaren, lyrica, tremadol and your over the counter pain killers no longer help. It is a constant pain between the shoulder blades, and right scapula. I feel the need to be constantly massaged in my upper back, but biofreeze and patches are no longer a solution. I finally had an mri done of the cervical and thoracic parts of the back, with the following report;
No obvious compression of spinal nerve roots is seen in the lateral canals or in the neural foramina. The craniovertebral junction and cervicomedullary junction are normal. No gross para-spinal pathology. Impression; Rectification of the mid-cervical lordosis, suggesting paraspinal muscle spasm. Minimal disc desiccation at C3-C4,C4-C5 and C5-C6 levels. Mild posterior disc bulges at C4-C5 and C3-C4 levels, causing ventral aspect of the thecal sac, without any cord/radicular impingement or spinal canal stenosis.
Impressions: Focal nodular hypotrophy of the left ligamentum flavum at D11-D12 level, causing deformation of the left posterolaterl aspect of the thecal sac and mild compression of the left posterolaterl aspect of the spinal cord.
I should mention when the pain started in my late teens it was not due to any injury, however I have been in a couple of whiplash car accidents since then.
Iam not sure what the report means and my GP has recommended physio. I would really welcome any expert opinions on my severe pain and any course of action.