I'm a 17 year old girl with incredible pain in my thoracic spine. It is by far the worst when I sit, and I experience no pain when I'm moving (even If I bend over). I'm extremely active and I play volleyball around 3 hours every day and I plan to play in college. My hamstrings are not tight, most doctors are amazed at my flexibility, and have suggested I'm hyperflexible.
I have tried a medrol dose pack, muscle relexers, a tens unit, a back brace, 7 months of physical therapy three times a week which included electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, joint mobes, strength excersizes, stretching, traction, and yoga moves. I have also had a lumbar epidural, a thoracic epidural, and 5 trigger point injections. I have tried Lyrica, and Lidoderm patches as well as numerous NSAIDS, a low dose anti-depressant, narcotic pain relievers, and non-narcotic pain relievers. I'm currently doing accupuncture, seeing a chiropractor, a doctor for pain management, a doctor at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and I'm mdoing biofeedback. I think I got it all :)
I've been examined by the Chronic Pain Management Center at the Rehab Inst. of Chicago and the psychologist there determined I'm not depressed at all, I have an open mind about my pain and treatment, etc. - I'm a normal high school girl except for my back.
All of this started during a couple of weeks about a year ago at the start of my junior year in high school. No injury, nothing changed, just all the sudden, I was unable to sit without unbareable pain.
I had an MRI and X-Ray which revealed the vertebrae in my thoracic were wedge-shaped, and the edges were wavy. I had three bulging discs below T3, T5, and T8. My discs were degenerated. I also had several Schmorl nodes. The vertebrae with the worst deformities were T2-T10. Also the slightest amount of scoliosis was visible. All the doctors I have seen agree that I have a variant of Scheuermann's Disease, and degenerative disc disease. The reason that it is a variant is I have no kyphosis, none, ever. A posterolateral fusion from T2-T10 was suggested by one doctor but dejected by all the others because they feel it will not provide sufficient relief, and limit my motion so much that I can't play volleyball which currently is the one time I'm not in pain.
So basically, my question is what other possible options are out there, if any?