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Dull/Achey Pain in Thoracic Region

Started by pcschult on 05/22/2017 1:58pm

Hello All,

I am a recent lurker, first time poster. This looks like such a great, welcoming community that I needed to post and bring up an issue that I have been having.

SO, I have been having a pain in the middle of my back (just right of center), in between the lower shoulder blades. It is a dull/achy/almost just existent pain. This pain started around September/October of last year. One week I noticed 'hey, this is kind of uncomfortable', I wrote it off as 'normal back pain' and just pushed through it. It didn't really affect my daytime job or my part-time job, so I didn't think much of it.

Fast forward to the last month, the pain is still present. It seems to be prevalent when I am sedentary or when I'm sleeping/resting. Within the last couple weeks, It has caused me to wake up early in the morning (much earlier than my alarm, which used to be the primary way for me waking up). So I have lost a lot of sleep because of this. Since this back issue has been unrelenting, I decided to check in with my GP. She chalked it up to working at a desk full-time and working part-time as a bartender. She looked at the outside of my back and said it looked great, so she suggested that I check out a chrio. I went to a couple chrio appts and received some adjustments, which felt great, but didn't fix the issues. It was kid of interesting, but after I received the adjustments, I actually felt a little nausea and sick, not sure if that is normal or not? So I told my GP that I didn't feel like it was working, so she had me sign up for some PT sessions. The PT gave me some great insight regarding my posture and breathing techniques, and gave me some daily stretches to do. After doing these for over 3 weeks now, I haven't really seen any noticeable improvements.

So, long story short, I am starting to get very scared. First, I am scared that I will never be alleviated of this awkward, annoying pain. Secondly, I have the crazy irrational that this could possibly be a metastatic spinal tumor. Everywhere I read online says that these tumors tend to flair up with inactivity and in the early mornings, so obviously this has me terrified. Am I being completely unreasonable?? I wanted to see if anyone has had these issues, or similar issues to this? I apologize for the rambling, I wanted to try and get as much of the details out as possible. If anyone wants clarification, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you all so much for your help, this seems like a fantastic community!


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Hi, Peter--thank you so much for your post and for your kind sentiments about our Community! We are happy you're here and hope others share similar experiences with you.

The first thing we thought after reading your post is that it seems you haven't received a definitive diagnosis for your back pain--that's something that typically requires an imaging scan (like a CT scan, MRI, or x-ray). Because back pain is so common, some physicians may not take it as seriously as the patient needs them to. You've already seen a chiropractor, but have you thought about seeing a different spine specialist for your pain? SpineUniverse has a great tool to help you locate a qualified spine specialist near you: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe... . These specialists are trained to treat the type of pain you're experiencing--and it starts with finding exactly what's going on in your mid-back.

With all that said, there are so many things that could be causing your pain--having a metastatic spinal tumor would be a worst-case scenario. We encourage you to stay positive, seek answers, and avoid expecting the worst (even though we completely understand that it's hard to do when your symptoms align with a specific condition!). The best course of action may be visiting with a spine specialist and getting to the bottom of your pain. That way, you can get the right treatment--and be on your way to more restful nights and less stressful days.

Keep us posted on how you're doing and what you find out. We wish you the very best of luck!