I'm 15 and I don't know what's wrong with me, if anything.
I've been having minor back pain for a few years now, but recently it's gotten a lot worse and I can't work out why.
It's difficult to sleep, and difficult to focus in school and even on conversations with friends. One wrong move and it feels like my vertebrae are exploding. It hurts like hell to stand for too long, and it hurts to even try and lie flat on my back. It's nearly impossible to find a sitting position that doesn't hurt. Walking for a long time makes it feel like there are knives under my shoulder blades.
I've tried improving my posture (did nothing) yoga (hurt. A lot.) switching from a handbag, carried on one side, to a backpack (ugly and painful) making my school bag lighter (did nothing) and sleeping in weird arrays of pillows for support (helps until I roll over after 5 minutes).
Recently, my chest has started hurting too. If I lift my arms wrong, or pick up something too heavy, or even inhale deeply, there's this weird burst of pain in my sternum, sometimes my ribs too, like something is stretching to the point of ripping apart. It didn't used to be that bad, just kind of annoying, but now it's really interfering with my life.
I might just be making it all up though- I tend to be a bit of a hypochondriac. And if you believe you're ill, you'll get ill, right? I'm sure that's a thing that happens. I wouldn't want to waste NHS time going to see a doctor when there are people who have actual serious issues.