"Chronic pain especially is so, so difficult, and I empathize with you - I can't imagine being in pain like that constantly. No wonder you are anxious. So this is pain in your upper back? Numbness/tingling/anything like that, or just pain? Is it near your shoulder blade? Is it constant or intermittent? Does anything seem to make it any better or worse? "
Sarita---sorry I haven't answered sooner---sick kids in the house!
Anyway---This pain is in my mid-upper back---pretty much my right upper quadrant (ribs-front/back, mid back, neck/shoulder, pain around shoulder blade, serratus anterior, right arm, and even sometimes my right leg).........
I do get numbness in my right arm---it often goes numb, and feels "heavy" by the end of the day---the more 'repetitive' motion I do (vacuum, drive-hold steering wheel, hold computer mouse, hold my kids' hands) the more numb/freezing cold it gets (sometimes this happens with my right leg as well---sciatia?) I also get bad headaches and dizzy/nausea-fun!
I usually wake up with dull pains all over the upper right quadrant/neck/shoulder---as the day goes on--it gets worse! I try to put heat/ice on it--do my PT exercises and take Advil (right now---about 4/day)---the PT and Advil help a little bit.
I had one MRI of my thoracic spine---came back OK--they should have done my neck also, but didn't. I will ask my Sport Med MD about this------
So, that's all!
anymore thoughts---I appreciate it!