Struggling to remain still, I try to focus on why I am here. For seven years, I’ve wrestled with back pain, a grindingly persistent condition that emanates from beneath my left shoulder blade. To fix it, I have tried nearly everything--physical therapy, exercise regimes, a standing desk, a chiropractor, a Myopractor, acupuncture. Nothing worked. The pain could be dull and nagging or acute and raging. But it was always there, no matter if I was at work, at the beach, or trying to fall asleep. I had to do something drastic. This MRI is the first step. The next will take me to the very fringes of medicine.