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Re: Newbie :)
Aug 5, 2003
Hi Katt and welcome to the boards :wave:

I do not have a sciatica problem, but I do have thoracic problems. My problems range from deep muscle spasms across my shoulder blades and dead center upper back, pain/burning/tightness across my breast bone chest area, ribs aching/pain, neck stiffness/crackling. All of which happen in my thoracic and cervical areas. I don't have much lumbar problems except my pelvis aches once in awhile, I have had my pelvis feel as if something went out a few times, really scary stuff, can't move for a minute.

I am in the process of getting an MRI, going to Pain Management, checking for muscle or joint diseases, and also Fibromyalgia. Currently I have been seeing a chiro for over 3 years, been to PT several times, also find that massage works great but is expensive, and of course taking meds (NSAID's, Opiate's, Muscle Relaxer's, Anti-Depressant and Sleep Aids)

My doctor thinks that there could be a list of things that could possibly be wrong. He is putting "I have herniated disks and nerve problems somehwere in my thoracic area and the rest of my pain is referred" on the top of his list (guessing without tests). I will not know for sure until the MRI and further testing.

I have been dealing with this for 6 years on and off, more on than off.. Now it's always "ON" for the last 8 months.

You will find a wide range of people with different types of back problems on this board. I am sure there are others who may be able to shed some light to help further. I wish I could be of more help, but being un-diagnosed sometimes makes it difficult in helping related theories, mostly I am able to just share my history, compare and offer emotional support.

I am sure others will come along soon. If you ever need advice or support you have found the right place. Everyone here is very nice!


* 27 years old, male
*Chronic upper back pain for about 6 years, recently getting really bad, really stiff in the morning takes forever to get going, lasts all day everyday.
*Crackling sounds from rib cage area across upper and middle back when stretching.
* Pain, tightness and burning all day long, usually ranges from a 4 through 9 depending on the day and how my body wants to react. Usually it's at least a 6/7 all day recently, used to be an annoying 3/4 all day, which I lived with but hated.
*Problem areas are mainly around breastbone area of chest, across shoulder blades, dead center upper back, upper shoulders and back of neck. Feels as if it's muscles and bones/joints, possibly ribs.
*Muscles spasms, had a couple that were severe enough to go to ER, felt like I was having a heart attack, pain radiated through upper back to chest area.
*Taking Vicodin 5/500 Soma 350 and Celebrex 200, which also helps somewhat but not to where I am not bothered by the pain, burning, tightness ect..
*Chiropractic 3 years, PT on and off again, all of which produces results that do not last for more than the day I have them.
*Can't remember any trauma I had that would have caused all this. Don't understand how it's getting worse.
*Can't really do anything, lifting, heavy physical ect.. Try and walk and stretch when I can.
*Still undiagnosed and waiting

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