Here's my background...
I've had multiple major surgeries that leave me more than vulnerable to chronic and recurring pain. At 15 I had my spine fused from T5-L4. At 18 I had my aortic valve replaced. At 21, my fusion and hardware broke at both T10 and L3, and at 23 we finally discovered the issue and I had it repaired. At 27 I had my aortic valve replaced a second time.
Now I'm 30, and over the past year or so, I've suffered progressively worse pain in my upper left back, shoulder, and underarm areas. This has grown into a severe, debilitating, chronic pain that gets worse with exercise. Essentially everything in contact with my left shoulder blade hurts, and the skin around the most painful areas is partially numb and/or very sensitive (almost painful) to touch.
I've had MRI's of my shoulder, my neck, and everything else between my jaw and my stomach, and what I've heard is, "There's nothing wrong with your trapezius muscle," which is nice and all, but doesn't answer what's causing the pain.
I'm unable to work without taking medication; I'm taking 80mg of OxyContin and 22.5mg of Percocet daily, just to hold down my two jobs, clean my dishes, provide for my wife, and so forth. Otherwise, I'd spend 20hrs a day in bed and essentially remain useless.
This issue began quite awhile after my last surgery, so I doubt those are responsible. I'm looking at everything from muscle tears to cancer, and I'm at my wit's end trying to chase enough doctors down to figure it out.
Anyone with insight would be helpful.