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chronic back pain, mental or physical???

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 4, 2008
  • 00:24 AM

I had a fall 6 months ago and developed severe lumbar back pain. Was treated with pain meds, physical therapy. The lumbar back pain resolved but as it resolved, i started developing severe thoracic back pain. I have since had microcurrent therapy, steroid injections, acupuncture, which have NOT helped. A MRI was done and showed nothing but some mild degenerative changes and a possible healed wedge fracture. Was told to just learn to live with it as there is nothing (bone wise) wrong. I have been unable to work in construction or even be a stay-at-home dad to my small children as I cannot lift them, bend down, sit for very long, walk more than a short distance. Possible RSD??? I am extremely sensitive to touch in the thoracic area and even very light pressure is not tolerable. My range of motion is like none. I have periodic episodes of numbness in my left thigh and both feet and my feet are cold all the time. As far as swelling, discoloration, etc., since I cannot see my back, i dont know if I have any of these symptoms. Is it possible to have RSD in the thoracic spine area or am I totally barking up the wrong tree??? I am not satified with the "we dont know what is wrong with you" and "just live with it" and "here are some more pain pills, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, antiinflammatory pills and come see me if things change" attitude. Any other courses of action and/or possibilites to pursue would be greatly appreciated.

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