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Hi all. I'm new here, hopefully I can gain some useful information during my time here.

I'll try best to explain my pain.
A year and a half ago at work I started to get an odd pain in my upper back (between spine and right shoulder blade), which has progressed into an awful, constant pain. Since then the pain seems to have spread to under the shoulder blade, and even towards my armpit. Sometimes the pain is worsened by breathing (worse when breathing in than when breathing out) and the only way I can seem to relieve it slightly is by putting something hard like an ice pack on the floor and rolling around on it, putting pressure on the muscle between spine and shoulder blade. Quite often the pain seems to travel down my arm making it ache and sore. Occasionally the pain feels as if it's coming through my chest? Just to the right of my nipple Only slightly, but it makes me wonder if it's something rib related? Or lung? I had an MRI last year which showed nothing except some disc dehydration in my lower back. I was given codeine which I've since replaced with Tramadol as the pain has gotten worse. I'm exhausted all the time for no reason. I'm a muscly guy, killer calf muscles, so why does walking up the stairs destroy them? It's as if my muscles have no endurance whatsoever.. I also seem to be hot all the time, don't know if it's related but it's definitely not normal. I also get pain in my wrists/hands, for example typing all this is killing my hands. Using the PC mouse for a short while hurts my wrist, sometimes my forearm. I can't even enjoy playing games whilst bed ridden, video games used to be my main source of entertainment..

After about 6 months of not working I started getting pain in my lower back, which slowly got worse until it was worse than the shoulder pain! It's just to the left and right of my spine, above the coccyx. A deep ache that wont go away unless I'm using my tens machine (Which is damned expensive and keeps needing to be replaced..) Shortly after the back pain started, the leg/thigh pain started. It seems a lot like sciatica, a burning pain down the outside of my left thigh and a bad ache/burning from my left buttock down the back of my thigh.. hurts to walk, tens doesn't help with this pain. It's SO frustrating. I'm 25, had no life, and at this rate won't be having one any time soon.

I started getting really depressed. I have a tendency towards being a sad monkey and feeling completely hopeless about my pain isn't helping. Since the MRI last year I've had physio that lasted 6 weeks, that didn't help me. I've had a couple of blood tests for a type of arthritis but nothing else. Surely there's more that can be done?? A year and a half now and it's all I can do to stop myself becoming an absolute wreck.. very depressed, the doctors don't seem to know what's going on - and don't seem to care - it's as if they think I'm making it all up?!

I don't know what to do next. In 2 weeks I have an appointment at a pain clinic and I hope they can offer something, Anything, to look in to my pain. I flatly REFUSE to engage in pain management, e.g how to deal with the pain. I'm not accepting that I'm going to be like this forever, I want a diagnosis and treatment, not to brush it all under the rug with anti depressants and coping techniques!

Does anyone have any insight? Any theories? Anything is appreciated muchly.

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