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Horrible undiagnosed chronic neck and back pain. Please help!

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  • Posted By: sosick888
  • October 23, 2008
  • 02:12 AM

I have been searching for a diagnosis for over a year. I am a 16 year old female. In 2007, I asked my doctor about some straining feelings in my neck that made it hard for me to sleep at night and she recommended physical therapy, which treated me for a postural disfunction. Physical therapy worsened my condition and I began feeling burning and throbbing pains in my neck and scapula. After I stopped the physical therapy, the pain did not go away. Later that year I saw an orthopedist who sent me to a different physical therapist which worsened the pain even more.

Even after I stopped the second physical therapy, I suffer daily from weakness, burning, throbbing, aching pain, (All in my neck and upper back) feeling needles in my back, and numbness and tingling in my hands and feet. I have also been diagnosed since with Raynauds syndrome (I feel it primarily in my feet, which is unusual) and experience circulatory symptoms including getting cold easily (mainly my hands and feet) and a strong throbbing pain in my hands and feet as if a string is being tied around my finger too tight.

My MRI of my upper back and neck has been read by 8 different doctors and none of them could find anything. I have tested negative for lyme disease, schleroderma, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and lupus. All of vitamin levels are normal and my major organs are all functioning properly. I have been told by my orthopedist that nothing in the field of orthopedics seems to be wrong with me, and have since seen a pediatric rheumatologist who after extensive testing and bloodwork couldn't find anything wrong either. I haven't responded to any over the counter or prescription pain killers. (Except for ultram, which I was instructed not to take anymore after it caused me to faint) I also haven't responded well to prescription muscle relaxants.

In August I saw a pediatric orthopedist who told me that I showed some symptoms of collagen disorders. I have an appointment to see a geneticist but the wait is extremely long. Are collagen/connective tissue disorders something worth pursuing? (I have some of the physcial symtoms: long arms and legs, flat feet, bunions, armspan longer than my height, an arched pallette) What can I do to feel better when no drugs, creams, or heating pads work? What's wrong with me?

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