What type of Doctor would be best for upper back pain?
I am an RN and I know that in itself has a lot to do with my back problems, but I've always had a weak back. I am a 34 year old that feels like I'm living in a 84 year old's body. Lately the past 3 years I've got this horrible back pain in my upper back, it radiates more to the left, but by the end of the day it covers the whole upper back sometimes radiating around the ribs and chest. Now just this past week my lower back decided it felt left out and decided to start hurting too! I've switched MD's three times and got referred to an orthopedic doctor, they did x-rays which show very mild scoliosis and kyphosis, supposedly not enough to be causing so much pain. Also showed degenerative changes. I tried physical therapy and it didn't really help, because of my job I can't take anything strong and the Motrin and mild muscle relaxer, Skelaxen don't really do much at all for relief. I feel like the doctors don't understand just how much pain I am really in, or they think I'm making it up, it seems like everytime I have an appointment it ends up falling on a "good back day" when the pain is only about 4/10, where days like today it is definately a 9/10. At work I push through it because I must, but it affects my homelife, I don't have any ambition to do anything because it will cause pain. This was a very longwinded post but I guess basically I just want to know which type of doctor would be best for my type of pain. Or if anyone can make any recommendations for a good one in Pennsylvania or I'm even desperate enough at this point to travel further if I can find the doctor who will finally listen to me.