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Incredible burning pain in neck/back/shoulders

Posted In: Muscle conditions 13 Replies
  • Posted By: Sufferage
  • April 30, 2011
  • 08:51 AM

It 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.:(

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  • It 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:NaproxenUltramTy #3LyricaElavilCymbaltaFlexerilRobaxacetPrednisone Currently taking:Diclofenac 50mg 3x dayPercs 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:ChiropractorPhysiotherapy 3x different onesNeurologist 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 would probably have an MRI done of my neck, upper back area. Have you been in an auto accident that could have caused damage to your back or neck area, recently or in the past ? Sounds like a nerve problem to me. I have had great success with Acupuncture for pain relief. If interested, ask around to find someone in your area. Ask at your local drug store if they know of a good doctor that does Acupuncture, Pharmacists know the best doctors.
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. First, I would agree that getting an MRI of your neck is a great idea. Most likely the symptoms are coming from your lower cervical spine. I hate to hear about the exercises you were given. I would have hoped you would have gotten better treatment from a PT. If you were my patient I would highly suggest you apply ice (no heat!) to your neck, 10 minutes at a time, a few times a day. I would also suggest you really watch your posture. Any time you sit, have a pillow behind your back. Avoid prolonged periods of sitting and especially driving. If possible, I would also suggest asking your doctor about a long course anti-inflammatory. A Medrol pak might be a good place to start but you'll need to discuss this with your doctor. It is obvious to me that you have a strong inflammatory component. I hope this is a good start for you. Good luck! ~JTrempe PT, ATC http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. First, I would agree that getting an MRI of your neck is a great idea. Most likely the symptoms are coming from your lower cervical spine. I hate to hear about the exercises you were given. I would have hoped you would have gotten better treatment from a PT. If you were my patient I would highly suggest you apply ice (no heat!) to your neck, 10 minutes at a time, a few times a day. I would also suggest you really watch your posture. Any time you sit, have a pillow behind your back. Avoid prolonged periods of sitting and especially driving. If possible, I would also suggest asking your doctor about a long course anti-inflammatory. A Medrol pak might be a good place to start but you'll need to discuss this with your doctor. It is obvious to me that you have a strong inflammatory component. I hope this is a good start for you. Good luck! ~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
  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. First, I would agree that getting an MRI of your neck is a great idea. Most likely the symptoms are coming from your lower cervical spine. I hate to hear about the exercises you were given. I would have hoped you would have gotten better treatment from a PT. If you were my patient I would highly suggest you apply ice (no heat!) to your neck, 10 minutes at a time, a few times a day. I would also suggest you really watch your posture. Any time you sit, have a pillow behind your back. Avoid prolonged periods of sitting and especially driving. If possible, I would also suggest asking your doctor about a long course anti-inflammatory. A Medrol pak might be a good place to start but you'll need to discuss this with your doctor. It is obvious to me that you have a strong inflammatory component. I hope this is a good start for you. Good luck! ~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
  • Was there a diagnosis to your problem. I am curious because I am experiencing the same problems and I have tried all those medications.
    ClaireVelasquez 1 Replies
    • February 21, 2013
    • 08:31 PM
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  • I would love to know if there was any diagnosis. I have the same symptoms with neck, shoulder, upper back pain and burning sensatiion and currently diagnosed as musculo-skeletal. Cervical MRI and all x-rays;/tests were negative. Work in computers as well though have been conscious of posture and do stretches recommended by physio routinely. I'm trying to avoid taking medications (anti-inflammatories/muscle relaxants) regularly - ends up causing stomach ulcers sometimes. Massages, warms baths and supplement called Herbal Nerve (which supposedly reduces stress- atleast it relaxes the muscles) helps temporarily - but its keeps coming back and is really exhausting by end of the day.
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  • I just recently started having similar symptoms, and like you, it is killing me:( I had x-rays of my neck and shoulders. Nothing turned up. I'm getting an MRI on monday. The doctor put me on GABAPENTIN 100MG which worked right away, but i'm on my second week and the pain is back:( I'm getting pain killers from friends. There has to be an answer. I work on towers for a living. Don't know how much longer I can keep going:(
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  • Have you tried a TENS machine? I bought an ActiCare years ago but stopped using it because I didn't think it was helping me. I got desperate in the end so stuck the pads on particularly when I go to bed. It helps me. I'd dearly like to know what causes it though.
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  • Hi! I have the same thing, it is excruciating! I have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, maybe you should get checked for it. Although what I'm experiencing seems to be much more intense than what I've heard other fibro sufferers say. Gabapentin (for nerve pain) and methocarbamol (muscle relaxant) help if you can function on them, they make me sleepy. :(
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  • Try acetaminophen helped me with the pain temp and an ice pack I have an over active thyroid thats inflamed but idk if that's what causing the pain but I have the same pains and got the same prescriptions if you got a diagnosis let me know the pills I suggested are otc but work better for some reason
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  • Dude I just read ur story and I feel for you. I hope you are still around. Smoke some good stuff to get you though the bad days, It will help.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 31, 2015
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  • Try an osteopath. I had exact symptoms. Saw multiple docs including a surgeon , physical therapist and rheumatologist. After two visits to an osteopath (bone doctor) everything felt much better. It was shocking but I think my ribs where out of alignment and so my muscles and ligaments had to work so much harder and therefore started burning. Osteopathic medicine is big in Europe but is just making a come back in the states. My 70 yr old father said it was the only thing that gave him relief from asthma when he was young. You may need to search around and the doc will likely be out if network but when you r in that much pain, it's worth it. I found this page because mine has flared up again. It's been a few month since I found relief and now symptoms are coming back so going in for an adjustment in few days. Btw. Osteopath is a medical doc so they have much more training than chiropractor. They are all different and the one I see does a lot of very subtle manipulations. good luck!
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • November 30, 2015
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