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unexplained back pain

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  • Posted By: bigtusa
  • November 12, 2007
  • 00:38 PM

Started getting burning pain in mid back in left side 2 months ago. My HMO doctor has not been able to find anything but arthritis in my neck. Pain and stiffness spreads across my entire back after laying down. Any ideas?

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  • May be the beginning of Shingles???? or a herpes related thing...you could get blood work to see if you have an undiagnosed case of herpes2, which often gives a person low burning back pain (without a rash)...other than that, hope you have blood work done to rule out an infection of some type.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 06:33 PM
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  • Don't know what Shingles is, but I'm going to look it up. My doctor did do some blood work, but I think she was concentrating on my blood sugar, because I'm Type II diabetic and prone to pancreatitis. Thanks for your input.
    bigtusa 3 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 03:13 AM
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  • It could be some nerve damage or something going on with that condition.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 08:52 AM
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  • Did you have an xray or CT to look for a kidney stone? Would you call the pain "flank pain"?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 11:57 AM
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  • The pain starts middle back and to the far left, but not to the side. X-rays were taken through the right side. I was told they would show all the way to the left. Initial diagnosis was a "frozen shoulder". I was sent to a Phyisical Therapist, who thought it was a nerve problem in my neck. After traction and therapy for a month, my symptoms have not improved. About 2 weeks ago, X-rays were taken of my neck, and the last diagnosis I got was Severe Arthritis of the neck. I am being sent to a Pain Management office today, and I really hope to get a definite diagnosis? Very confusing and frustrating. I really can't feel any connection with this and my back.
    bigtusa 3 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 01:55 PM
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  • The pain starts middle back and to the far left, but not to the side. X-rays were taken through the right side. I was told they would show all the way to the left. Initial diagnosis was a "frozen shoulder". I was sent to a Phyisical Therapist, who thought it was a nerve problem in my neck. After traction and therapy for a month, my symptoms have not improved. About 2 weeks ago, X-rays were taken of my neck, and the last diagnosis I got was Severe Arthritis of the neck. I am being sent to a Pain Management office today, and I really hope to get a definite diagnosis? Very confusing and frustrating. I really can't feel any connection with this and my back.How regular are you? Low back to the left pain is often a sign of Stomach stagnation and constipation- this happens to people who already have minor difficulties with their pancreas.How much water do you drink? Is it hard to drink plain water?If you don't have a full productive well formed bowel movement once daily, this is most likely connected to your back and left side pain.Try Acupuncture...and for now some Cinnamon Bark Tea w/o sweetener. Also try to eat a small amount of unsalted raw peanuts- see how that gets things moving.Best,Fruity.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 03:24 PM
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  • Well, I'm back to square one. Pain Managment Specialist says it's definitly a muscle problem in my back, and nothing to do with my neck. Gave me a prescription for pain pills that my HMO won't pay for-$400 for one bottle. I am to the point of self-healing and letting Nature play it's course:) God help me.
    bigtusa 3 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 03:02 AM
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  • How regular are you? Low back to the left pain is often a sign of Stomach stagnation and constipation- this happens to people who already have minor difficulties with their pancreas.How much water do you drink? Is it hard to drink plain water?If you don't have a full productive well formed bowel movement once daily, this is most likely connected to your back and left side pain.Try Acupuncture...and for now some Cinnamon Bark Tea w/o sweetener. Also try to eat a small amount of unsalted raw peanuts- see how that gets things moving.Best,Fruity.I have been experiencing similar back pain. I like your post and will try your suggestions. I, too, have been having unexplained back pain, which was first diagnosed as a UTI and then a result of a small benign tumor (angimyolipoma)...now, they have no clue as to what is causing my back pain. I will try your suggested treatment as at this point, I am at the end of my rope and tired of being in pain!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2008
    • 00:41 AM
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  • I, too, have been having some serious unexplained back pain. My doc first thought it was a UTI becuase of luekocytes in my urine. It was then found that I have an angimyolipoma (1.7 cm benign tumor) in my right kidney, which he thought might be the cause of the pain. Although my doc has chatted with a Urologist who has indicated the tumor would not cause this amount of pain. So...we are back to square one...not knowing what is causing my back pain! I like your post about the BMs. I am not the most regular person...maybe that is all it is...I will try your suggestion, eatafruit! Fingers crossed it helps...I cannot take the pain and discomfort anymore!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2008
    • 00:45 AM
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