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Incredible burning pain in neck/back/shoulders

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  • Posted By: Sufferage
  • April 30, 2011
  • 08:58 AM

all started about a year ago with simple neck pain it was like a burning pain, i figured it must be from poor posture from sitting infront of a computer all day, i went to the doctor he gave me some naproxen, didnt help, tried to fix my posture to see if that would help, that only made my back very sore and ever since then i have been having EXCRUCIATING burning neck/back/shoulder pain for over a year it is so intense i really feel like im being burned and in the worst imaginable pain. I cannot tell if the pain is deep or on the surface its so bad and if i press it doesnt make it worse it sometimes feels like my skin is also burning. I have been on so many meds its crazy and so many tests nothing is helping and i cannot take it much longer. I cannot even sit anymore for more than 15 minutes witout being in so much pain. Try lasting even a day without being able to sit and rest. Even if i lay flat the burning in my neck/shoulders will occcur/worsen. Im at the end of my rope and its not getting any better and i cannot do anything anymore, i cannot sit/read/look down/watch tv/anything physical really its pathetic and depressing. I used to work with computers all day and thats all i really liked to do for work and now i cannot work because of the pain i cannot even sit on a computer. Its been a year of only getting worse despite trying everything to "help". I really cannot go on much longer with this. My doctor doesnt even know whats wrong he just says he thinks its muscoskeltal. Here is everything i have tried/am trying:
Naproxen
Ultram
Ty #3
Lyrica
Elavil
Cymbalta
Flexeril
Robaxacet
Prednisone

Currently taking:
Diclofenac 50mg 3x day
Percs 5mg 3x day (was on 5x a day but within the last week i have slowly reduced it do to it not seeming to do anything any more)

Other things tried:
Chiropractor
Physiotherapy 3x different ones
Neurologist

Had blood work/Bone scan/Xray/Nerve conduction test(only showed some irregularities but didnt say why it would have anything to do with the pain) and am about to get an MRI done.

The psychical therapy gave me stretching exercises like neck side to side rotation/shoulder rolls/shrugs and such but there only seem to make it worse it hurts to even roll my shoulders/shrug now.


In the last week its only been getting worse. I have been told theres nothing else much to do for me. I live in Canada so i cannot just go to another doctor. Im so trapped and getting more depressed as time goes by. Im about to give up for good. This is really a last ditch effort for some ideas. Please if anyone can help. This is the worst pain i can ever imagine since it just doesnt week its just constant. My body is so tired and so am i.:(


I just noticed this forum and i created another thread in the other you can delete the other if you like this forum seems like a better fit.

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  • might try steam bath, or kneeding massage? then there is faith healing. Ask ****s to heal you.
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  • Im wondering if you could have fibromyalgia. Pressing on fibro trigger points which are in flare will hurt more. I used to get fibromyalgia and the pain was quite extreme (even the bedsheets and my clothes hurt me). I suggest to you to go to a Rheumatologist and have the fibro trigger points tested to see if its probably this. Rheumatologists are doctors who specialize in treating arthritis, rheumatic diseases, and other bone, joint and muscle disorders. So the specialist you are probably needing to see is a Rheumatologist. There are three approved drugs for Fibromyalgia. Ive read they can work better if taken in combination. I see you've already tried two of them.. Lyrica and Cymbalta. The third drug which was approved in 2009 by the FDA for fibro is Savella (milnacipran hydrochloride). I used to know someone who actually was on morphine injections for fibro pain. I know you said you had tried a chiropractor.. but I also suggest to try a second one who does a different form of chiropractic technique to make sure that is probably not going to bring you some relief .. (A chiropractor once told me there was 160 different kinds of chiropractors..different training is in different schools). Not all chiropractors are good and one kind may work better then another. Ive found that the best chiropractors.. one can tell its really doing something good after only 1-2 sessions.
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. This is a classic issue associated with the lower cervical spine (neck). Watching your posture will help but not cure the issue. I would recommend applying ice (no heat) and seek help from an orthopedic doctor that specializes in the spine. As a PT I have worked with patients with exactly these symptoms. Manual joint mobilizations do help but based on the severity and length of your symptoms PT may not be enough. I would imagine the ortho MD will do a cervical MRI, try another type of anti-inflammatory (Medrol?) and possibly look at an epidural depending on what the MRI indicates. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATC http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. This is a classic issue associated with the lower cervical spine (neck). Watching your posture will help but not cure the issue. I would recommend applying ice (no heat) and seek help from an orthopedic doctor that specializes in the spine. As a PT I have worked with patients with exactly these symptoms. Manual joint mobilizations do help but based on the severity and length of your symptoms PT may not be enough. I would imagine the ortho MD will do a cervical MRI, try another type of anti-inflammatory (Medrol?) and possibly look at an epidural depending on what the MRI indicates. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATC http://www.joint-pain-solutions.comThanks so much for the replies and im so sorry i didnt answer sooner, i didnt receive any emails saying there were replies so i assumed no one answered. For the past couple weeks the pain in my neck shoulders/between shoulders have been so bad its a burning stretching tightness and it hurts to do anything with it like, chin to chest/side to side rotate/side to side tilts/shoulder shrugs/pinching shoulder blades back toghether. Even if i get down on my hands and knees and my head feels like it weights and ton and is pulling my back of the neck/shoulders down and very painfull. I cannot do any exercises to try and recover the muscles/tissure or stretches they ALL aggrivate it and make it feel tight/stretched/burning. Im so stuck because i cannot do anything to fix it . I get this sensation a little below my shoulder blades in the middle as if it needs to crack or snap or something and if i twist my shoulder blades to the side or lean to the side i can feel like a pulling sensation and then a cracking/snapping feeling it feels good and painfull at the same time. I dont know whats wrong im going crazy. I need to build up muscles in my back but all strength exercises exacerbate my pain so im stuck. I was told my problem is lack of muscles in my back/neck and rounded shoulders from my weight loss but everything i need to do to build the muscles makes it worse. I had an MRI done on Monday but no results yet. Im really giving up its not getting any better my Dr just upped my percocets from 25mg/day to 50mg/day. I hate taking this many pills but he wont go to anything stronger so i wouldn't have to take as many.
    Sufferage 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for the replies and im so sorry i didnt answer sooner, i didnt receive any emails saying there were replies so i assumed no one answered. For the past couple weeks the pain in my neck shoulders/between shoulders have been so bad its a burning stretching tightness and it hurts to do anything with it like, chin to chest/side to side rotate/side to side tilts/shoulder shrugs/pinching shoulder blades back toghether. Even if i get down on my hands and knees and my head feels like it weights and ton and is pulling my back of the neck/shoulders down and very painfull. I cannot do any exercises to try and recover the muscles/tissure or stretches they ALL aggrivate it and make it feel tight/stretched/burning. Im so stuck because i cannot do anything to fix it . I get this sensation a little below my shoulder blades in the middle as if it needs to crack or snap or something and if i twist my shoulder blades to the side or lean to the side i can feel like a pulling sensation and then a cracking/snapping feeling it feels good and painfull at the same time. I dont know whats wrong im going crazy. I need to build up muscles in my back but all strength exercises exacerbate my pain so im stuck. I was told my problem is lack of muscles in my back/neck and rounded shoulders from my weight loss but everything i need to do to build the muscles makes it worse. I had an MRI done on Monday but no results yet. Im really giving up its not getting any better my Dr just upped my percocets from 25mg/day to 50mg/day. I hate taking this many pills but he wont go to anything stronger so i wouldn't have to take as many.
    Sufferage 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I know this was in 2011 but I have the same problem right now I'm suffering so bad I'm in so much pain the burning in my shoulders the pain in my neck it feels like the back of my neck is burned if anybody has an answer please help. May God bless you all that suffer as I.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 1, 2015
    • 02:22 AM
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