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Over 2 years ago i started having side pain. At first it was just in one spot at the very end of my rib cage and it literally felt like i was being stabbed in the ribs. It wasn't consistent and at first was painful but maybe just a 6 on the 6-10 scale. The day before i had been fishing and caught a large fish and by accident stuck the pole in my stomach and used that for leverage for a short period.
I went to my doctor and based on the location they sent me down the rabbit hole of GI specialists. I have had tubes up and down me and they found all sorts of stuff but nothing related to side pain or remotely close to my stomach.
Next came the lab work and the checking of my spleen and all other organs that reside in your torso. Everything came back normal.
Then came the chiropractors who all made me feel much worse that i actually was. They sent me to acupuncturists next and i even went to see eastern medicine practitioners who rubbed hot stones all over my body with essential oils and who knows what else.
Finally i moved to Tampa where i found an excellent primary doctor and for the first time in this journey i heard the words "i don't know what it is but i believe you and we will work together to figure this out".
He has sent me to several specialists and finally, i broke down and allowed him to send me to a pain management doctor because the gabapitin and steroid shots into my back and cartridge wasn't enough anymore.
At this point i had had x-rays, cscans, Ultrasounds, and finally an MRI of my thoracic spine and ribs all coming back as normal.
I requested a neck MRI and everyone i spoke to said they could not be related because the neck nerves only control the arms and shoulders.
My results for my neck revealed i have a herniated disc with the rupture of the lining causing it to sit on a the external nerves of the transverse processes of the vertebra, I have scoliosis of the neck, and bone spurs all from c4-c6. I was told to go see a neurosurgeon who literally walked in, picked up my hands, asked me where the worst pain was (which i said was my lower rib cage), glanced at my MRI images and said everything is age related (I'm 43) and sent me on my way.
I only meet about half of the symptoms of Tietzies. My pain level has increased now to the point that the stabbing will knock me to my knees from the pain. Pain pills dont help. I now have pain that extends from my entire left rib cage up though my shoulder and part of my left arm that even with pain meds i sit at a constant 5 in pain and sitting is impossible for me.
ANY ideas welcome because my next move is to check myself into the Mayo clinic if they will have me.
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