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Frequent upper, mid back, neck pain

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  • Posted By: Painfree
  • October 24, 2006
  • 05:41 PM

I am 33 yrs old. I used to very healthy just a while ago until I started having episodes of stiffness and muscle pain in my shoulder blades, upper back, mid back, sometimes lower back and neck. I have seen an orthopedic dr, a neurologist and have done xrays and MRIs which have not shown any major abnormality other than some regular wear and tear and have diagnosed as having mild osteoarthritis. I have changed my work setting and try to maintain a correct posture. However, I have been having chronic muscle pain in the same areas to the point where my muscles become very tender and I am not able to do much. I am doing physical therapy for the past few weeks and do the stretches etc regularly with not much effect. I cannot tolerate 800mg ibuprofen or celebrex and get diarrhoea. Very frustrated and worried. PLEASE HELP

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  • I have the same episodes of stiffness and muscle pain in my shoulder blades, upper back, mid back, sometimes lower back and neck AND psoriasis ( skin condition) and I'm diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis.
    AchingCandee 18 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 04:30 PM
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  • Last spring, I had the same thing happen to me. On a daily basis, it felt like someone was sticking a knife in the upper middle of my back. The knife going directly into my spine, and the pain would fan outwards. As an idea (while waiting for my MRI to be scheduled), I changed my office chair. Went from a wooden bench to a nice soft spring back chair. Much like what a Corporation Executive would use in their plush office. Also installed a sheet of 3/4" plywood between my bed's matress and box spring. Within 3 days, the pain was gone. Never came back again. It sounds like you did change your work environment. Going one step further, change your bed, office chair, perhaps add a back support insert in your auto, etc. etc. Worked for me....Hope this suggestion helps as well....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 03:06 AM
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  • I, too have burning in my upper back. This goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Iwent for test after test, then my doctor ordered a bone scan, and it came back showing I had severe osteoporosis. Iam only 37 years old and feel like I am in the body of a 90 year old. Ican't function like I use to, i can't even clean my house anymore without taking pain pills, and that still does't help. I hurt when I'm sitting, standing, walking, lying, the burning never goes away. i would suggest you get some bone tests done. i was told not to even pick up over 10 pounds. i am very at risk of breaking a bone at any time. i feel like i have been diagnosed with cancer. there is no cure for this, you just have to try and kep your bones stronger. good luck on finding your diagnosis.
    hurtin in tenn 7 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 01:43 PM
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