|Originally posted by Silky Johnson |
This. I've always had propensity for a couple of spots in my back to get "out of place". But, starting about 5 years ago, I began to experience chronic mid-thoracic pain 24/7. It feels like someone has taken a metal hook, stabbed it between my shoulder blades, twisted it, then pulled it to the right and hooked it under the edge of my right scapula. The pain is constant, varying in intensity, throughout the day, and it wakes me multiple times per night. I don't recall the last time I slept, uninterrupted. I have had x-rays and MRIs done, but based on the "readings" of those, I was told "we can't see anything, so we can't help you. We can offer another MRI if you'd like." I can't afford to keep chasing it, as we are still, as I kind of joke, "paying for my wife's cancer" and her spinal fusion surgery.
The only thing that lowers my pain at all is a subclass of synthetic opiates, specifically hydro or oxy-codone. Morphine does not work. Tramadol does not work. Dilaudid does not work. OTC meds in any quantity do not work. Kratom powder in large, regular doses can take the edge off, but it's a poor substitute.
I've found the worst things I can do to aggravate the pain are to 1.) jog and 2.) mow the yard. Before this became chronic, I was running 2 5km runs a week and lifting 5-6 days a week. I was probably in the best shape of my life at 37. Now, at 43, it's a struggle to get through the day most days. But, since after 5 years, nothing has helped, I might as well attempt to get at least SOME of it back. I basically took a full year off, other than some light walking, to see if it would help at all...but it did not.