Sorry for the lengthy post.
I started having a pain in my upper back a little over a month ago. I went to the doctor and he said it was a stranded mussel . I was prescribed mussel relaxers and pain pills and took them for about a week. About two week ago I had to go to the emergency room due to the pain being unbearable. The said the same thing and prescribed antibiotics and mussel relaxers.
The other night the pain got worse again so I went back and was released today after two days with no diagnosis and was prescribed mussel relaxers, antibiotics, Nexium, and pain pills.
Here is my complaint:
The pain is located between my shoulder blade and spine and about the size of the circumference pencil.
It feels as if someone is stabbing me with a knife and a slight burning sensation.
When you touch the area it does not reduce or increase the pain and the doctors have said that indicates that it is not mussel related.
When I take a deep breath the pain increases.
I do not have a cough.
There is a tightness of the right side of my chest mostly when I breath deeply.
I have not had any fever, rashes or any other signs/symptoms. The pain does not radiate anywhere.
What the have done:
They ran a CT to check for the aorta trying to separate. Negative
They did two days of cardiac enzyme test every four hours. Negative
They gave me an IV of strong antibiotics. No help
The pain shots and pills do not affect the pain in any way.
They did a chest ex-ray. Negative (all clear)
They monitored my cardiac rhythm for two days. No signs of problems
Lung sounds are clear.
The have scheduled me for a cardiac stress test for next week but I just went through that three months ago for a medical exam for the police department and all was good.
They also have me scheduled to take a gallbladder test next week.
It seems like they are just grasping at straws and have no ideas what could be causing the problem.
I am a 44 year old white male and the only past medical history I have is acid reflux. No major family history except high blood pressure and pelvic cancer on my mothers side and kidney cancer on my fathers side of the family. I have always been in excellent health. I do smoke (1 pack a day) and yes I know I need to quit. I am also about thirty pounds over weight.
If anyone can make sense of all this please let me know. I have got to find a way to get out of this constant pain.