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Extreme Upper, Mid and Lower Backpain - Wrong Diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 30, 2006
  • 07:26 AM

I am an 19 year old female and have had horrible back pain since I was 15 years old. On a scale from 1-10, It is between a 7 and a 9 every day.

I have been to a chiropractor, Musculo-Skeletal Specialist, and many other places and have only recieved the diagnosis of "Muscle Spasms" caused by muscle weakness. Most of the extreme pain is located between the tip of the left and right shoulder blade, closest to the spine, around the rhomboid major muscle

Some other symptoms I have experienced which may or may not be related to the same illness are:

Tingling Sensation in Entire Legs and Fingers on occasion(Usually occurs during waking up, doctor says it is due to lack of oxygen)
Random Muscle Twitching in different areas of the body
Occasional Pain in the shoulder area
I have had numerous X-Rays and MRI's of my back to no avail. As well I have had blood work done on multiple occasions.

I recieve weekly injections of Lidocaine, a form of novicaine for muscles.
I wear Lidoderm patches on a daily basis. As well I wear Bengay Hotpatches to comfort the pain throughout the day.

I have been taking Skelaxin for about a year now. Two tablets per day in the morning and at night.

I also was prescribed Elavil in order to help me sleep with the pain as I was having trouble sleeping due to the pain.

None of these methods completely remove the pain.

I am dying for a real diagnosis, any help for ideas to speak with the doctors about would be greatly appreciated.

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  • You never mentioned if you are exercising to try to strengthen these weak muscles. I had the same kind of pain and went through everything you mentioned! I was diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain syndrome. The only thing that would help is massage (4 times a week) but I couldn't afford that for long. I finally "bit the bullet" and started strengthening exercises. Within 2 months my pain level was down to 2-3. As soon as I stop exercising my pain level shoots back up to 8-9. Good luck.
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    • November 2, 2006
    • 05:37 PM
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