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Mid-Back Muscle contractions

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  • Posted By: finaid_lady
  • January 17, 2007
  • 02:41 AM


I have been having intermitent intense muscle contractions in my mid-back just below the shoulder blade which feels just like labor contractions. They become so intense it makes breathing difficult with the pain often radiating up the neck, down the arm, and wrapping around to the front of my rib cage. On a few occasions the same pains have occurred on the opposite side. This occurs at any time with no any known provocation, lasting from one week to three months. Muscle relaxers and pain meds do not seem to help. Most recently, I have recently tried Baclofen and Tamofel which worked for only a short time but is no longer effective. I have a hottub which only seems to ease some of the pain only while I'm in it. Heat packs take the edge off sometimes when the spasms aren't too intense. During these episodes, I have to lie perfectly still for about 20 hours a day until the pain goes away. I must work for 4 hours a day (pain or shine) to be able to pay the $1100. per month for health insurance I need to try to get this problem resolved. The insurance will be running out soon.

This problem began after I tried to keep a large walk-in freezer from closing. I twisted my upper body around to catch the door and pulled the handle quickly. The door had already closed creating a suction. I felt a tearing kind of feeling and started to feel intense spasms about a day or two later. It has now been about seven years since this first occurred.

I do not think the doctors believe I am actually having these contractions. I have asked to be admitted to the hospital to be tested and diagnosed, but my requests are ignored. I have gone to their offices while I am in spasm and they won't even look to see what is going on, they just keep giving me appointments and pills that make me suicidally depressed. They tell me to go to the emergency room, but they only give out more of the same pills. I truly believe these doctors and pain management centers are bleeding the insurance companies and patients out of all their money and turning people into drug addicts (I refuse to become addicted to drugs) before they actually will do anything. I am so discouraged.

I am thinking of trying a TEMs unit to see if it will help. Does anyone have any information on this type of problem and any alternative pain relieving methodologies.

Your input is appreciated.

Carpe Diem!

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