My right back and shoulder pain on the other hand, appears to be the result of a neck injury. Since this particular problem goes back several years, I'm not sure exactly what started it. The doctor has given me a prescription for physiotherapy and, as it turns out, physio is mostly covered through our benefits at work once you have a prescription! Woot!
I'm also planning on getting some chiro and acupuncture done and found out that the chiropractic care is also partly covered. The acupuncture isn't unfortunately, but that means that it's the only one that I'd have to pay for myself! What's even better is that I stumbled across a place near work that has a practitioner who does BOTH acupuncture AND physiotherapy! I'm going to give them a call once I work out my budget for the next few weeks!
Despite the fact that knowing all of this doesn't change the fact that I'm almost constantly in pain, I'm thrilled to know that there's something "real" causing it. It's like one of my friends said, it's a validation that there really is something going on. It's been 7 years of pain, not knowing what was wrong and not getting anywhere with the doctor I had (thank the gods he retired and this new one actually gives a crap!).
So, I'm sitting at work, in a boatload of pain feeling wonderfully justified.