chest pain from cervical spinal stenosis
Am 69 yr retired male (5'9",192") on levoxyl with cervical spinal stenosis. Cervical spinal discectomy with fusion done 2001; plate extends from C5-C7; two discs that had been "ground down to nothing" replaced with donor bone; surgeon says there is permanent cord/signal scar at C6-7. Have stinging/burning pain in chest area (lesser ache in lower shoulder muscles of back) that has gotten very gradually worse. The chest pain is what is "killing me"---have tried drugs like neurontin and virtually all the rest but nothing works, even anti-inflammatories like aleve. I am very active person without overdoing it---hike in mountains, jog, bicycle, swimming, walking, etc; when endorphins kick in pain is less; also nothing when sleeping; less when sedentary. Am nonsmoker with pretty healthy diet and get "good grades" on lab tests; no high blood pressure or heart problems; have some reflux under control. Used to think that chest pain only associated with spinal stenosis lower down, but don't seem to have significant problem in middle-lower back. Have been to various neurologists and have periodic MRI's; acupunture and chiropractic don't work. ANY SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HANDLING THE CHEST PAIN?