Hello everyone, I am new to the forum and would like to post a quick story on my situation and maybe a doctor or someone with relative experience can give me some encouraging advice. I am 24/male. If you dont want to read the history the back pain part is in the last 2 paragraphs.
First off about 2 1/2 years ago now I started getting these terrible pains in my chest that would double me over crying. I am no small guy and I have a pretty high pain tolerance or so my wife and friends tell me. Well, I was driving the first time and went to the E.R. and they said it was probly just heartburn. The med's they prescribed were no help. The pain kept coming and getting worse and worse. Finally after the third visit to the E.R. they did an ultra sound and found that I hundreds of small gallstones and sent me to surgery a few days later to have it removed. After that I had alot of relief although I would still get small amounts of pressure in my chest every once in awhile which I told the surgeon later on but he said it may be normal.
Well, 4 months later I went to Florida for vacation with my wife, mom, and moms boyfriend. Had a great time til we got a phone called said that my cousin was killed in a car wreck. I hadnt been real close to him but it still hurts. Then another stressful thing happened(to make a long story short my little sisters(17 at the time) boyfriend who is a pathological liar was starting family drama). I was upset of course but made it through the rest of the week dreading going back home. Two days after I got home I was driving to a friends house about 13 miles away and BAM, panic attack hit me. It felt like my blood was on fire(which I guess someone would call a hot flash) heart racing and of course the chest pressure. Anyways, went to counseling, started paxil and was off work for about a month because of my fear of driving and having another panic attack. After the month I went back to work and seemed to be ok for about 2 years til now.
About a month ago I started noticing this off and on pain or discomfort on the side of my spine between my shoulder blades. As soon as this pain started I would seem to wrap around to my chest and feel almost like a cramp. I would stand up and put my arms over my head for about a minute or two and deep breath and it would go away. I noticed this everyday for about 2 weeks then one morning at work it came on and it wouldnt stop. I freaked out and had a panic attack and went home from work all shooking up. I have been going to therapy on a different med as my doctor suggested it was just panic but I strongly believe that the problem is a pinched nerve along my spine acting as a trigger to panic. My chiropractor mentioned a Sympathetic and Pera Sympathetic nerve along the spine which "can" trigger anxiety. It seems that looking back on previous attacks I always noticed that there was a discomfort in the same spot in my back right before I had a panic attack. I reported this to my doctor and he set me up for an MRI next Tuesday.
That is my story so far. I am hear hoping that maybe a doctor or someone has seen this before and tell me Im not crazy or just wishful thinking. When I went to the chiropractor the first time he said my back was inflamed around the spine where I still feel this discomfort. I am trying so hard to get over these feelings and I am so hopeful right now that this can be fixed.