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severe undiagnosed backpain - getting urgent - help!

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  • Posted By: JamesG
  • February 11, 2008
  • 05:17 PM

My lovely fiance shawna has had severe and debilitating back pain for 10 months. She has seen her doctor (at least 2X a month) had an mri (albeit an open mri she's claustrophobic), seen a couple of ER docs and gone to a chiro for several months all without any relief or diagnosis. Chiro says she has subluxations and arthritis. Docs say they can't find anything. She describes it as a dull but intense pain all over her back, but focused on a spot about 2inches to the left of her spine in her midback. She describes the pain as feeling like "the inside (as in the backside) of her ribs are throbbing. She's been reduced to missing work all the time and sitting in a lazy boy with a heating pad on her back. Her doc recently gave her Lyrica saying that it sounded like Fibromyalgia. So far not helping. She also experiences occasional blurred vision, nausea and frequent vomiting, and is obviously in a deep depression. She says that she feels that these aren't symptoms of whatever is wrong with her, merely side effects of her chronic pain. I need so desperately to be steered in some sort of direction. Please help.

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  • PLEASE, try acupuncture. It can help get her back on track. Look for a practitioner who is NCCAOM nationally certified in both acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. Herbs, along with acupuncture, would be very helpful IMO. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 06:06 PM
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  • Thank you so much for your responses. It is funny that you mention that heating pad. She actually has slight discoloration on her back from having a heating pad on her back ALL THE TIME. She falls asleep with it frequently. I'd though about Lyme actually as we live in upstate New York and during the months before she started to get sick were getting ready to build a house and spend countless hours wandering through our forested property. I will check out those links and talk to her doctor (again!). Thank you again. She is VERY interested in accupuncture and actually has insurance that covers it kicking in in a couple of weeks. Thank you both again.James GalbraithCamillus, NY
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
    • 04:16 AM
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  • Has she had a mri of the spine?Also a lumbar puncture may be needed if the occasional blurred vision, nausea and frequent vomiting is related to the symptoms-may be Benign Intracranial Hypertension
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2008
    • 09:39 AM
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  • Thank you so much for your responses. It is funny that you mention that heating pad. She actually has slight discoloration on her back from having a heating pad on her back ALL THE TIME. She falls asleep with it frequently. I'd though about Lyme actually as we live in upstate New York and during the months before she started to get sick were getting ready to build a house and spend countless hours wandering through our forested property. I will check out those links and talk to her doctor (again!). Thank you again. She is VERY interested in accupuncture and actually has insurance that covers it kicking in in a couple of weeks. Thank you both again. James GalbraithCamillus, NY I am not sure where Camillus is - used to live in Dutchess County, NY. I would recommend visiting www.nccaom.org or www.acufinder.com to find a qualified practitioner near you. If you live near Rochester I have a colleague working there. That is great that acupuncture is covered by her insurance! Hope she sees someone soon.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
    • 05:03 AM
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  • Look up costochondritis. Although it usually effects the rib where it meets the breastbone, the pain may radiate to the back.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
    • 11:41 AM
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