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Pain all over! Pinced nerve(s)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Chronic Pain
I am a 24 year old female. I began having pain on the right side of my body when I was about 7 years old. The pain is all in my right side. I have pain in my ribs (which is the worse), arm, wrist and my neck.

I went to many doctors in my life, and all of them thought I was trying to get attention because they could never find out what the problem was. Thank God for the internet, because I now know that I am not crazy and that it is all because of something gone wrong in my back.

I have very bad back pain, mostly upper part, but as a result of my constant pain, I have to lay in all kinds of possisions to get some kind of relief, and that seems to trigger more pain in my back.

Some nights I wake up with my legs (mostly the right side) burning like someone threw boiling water out on me! I also have pain in my right knee, but I have no idea if it is all related.

The pain in my ribs are driving me crazy. My chest, right under my right breast, and on the side of my body is totally numb. I never in my life thought all of this was because of nerves pinching.

Can someone please tell me what it is, and to which type of doctor I need to go for some help.

I live in the US at the moment.

Thank you!



  • Hi...
    I am so sorry to hear you have been in such pain for so long.
    The pain in your leg sounds like a pinched nerve. That is exactly how I discribed the pain in my thigh caused by a pinched nerve. The pain is worse when i lay down and I found if I elevate my legs the burning pain stops. I use pillows to elevate my legs.
    I have no idea what is causing your other pain but it sounds like you need to see a Neurologist. Will your GP refer you to one?
    The best of luck to you. I do hope you find the problems. Do not give up!! It may take time but you WILL find out what is wrong. You need to see the right Doctors and right now it sounds like you need a Neurologist(hope i spelled it right)
    It took me forever to find out I have nerve damage caused by scar tissue from a spine surgery. The pain in my feet and legs is SAVAGE!!
    Keep the chin up and never give up!!
    Wish I could be of more help to you.
    Sending you a hug... >:D<
    Patsy W

    Just wanted to add....the knee pain could be caused by bursitis. It's just a thought coz I had a problem with my right knee and had to get cortazone injections. Part of the pain was bursitis. I also had other problems with the knee and as soon as I get my foot and leg pain under controle I must have knee replacement surgery.
    It sounds like you have multiple problems and may need to see more than one specialist.
    I can't repeat often enough.....do not give up!!
    It is so very flusterating dealing with chronic pain and finding answers is even more flusterating.
  • You have no idea how good it feels for me to have someone give a little sympathy. Usually all I heard from people was that it is all in my head!!!! Even some family members, but I understand why they thought that, no doctor could ever tell me what was wrong.

    I am from South Africa,(please excuse my spelling, I speak Afrikaans, working on my english) and even though we do have great doctors, I went to about 6 different doctors in my life, and no one could tell me what was wrong. The last doctor I used told me that I had chronic inflammation in my ribs, and that is it. I got some anti-inflamatory medication, and was always just sent away, they never wanted to give me any pain-medication, probably because they thought I had no reason to use it. I have only had x-rays taken of my ribs, which took them about an hour to get me to lay right, I am in too much pain to ever lay still on my back!

    I feel better already knowing that other people know what I am talking about for a change!

    As soon as I am able to get some health insurance, I will be on my way to live a pain-free life! :)

  • My pain over 40 years is similar to yours. i have had 6 spine and neck surgeries. No relief. Consider surgery, If they find location of problem, as the last resort. Light stretching used to help me. Also consider slow swimming on your stomach doing dog paddle. if neck hurts swim with a snorkel so you can breath without turning neck. try sleeping on back with towel rolled up under your neck and no pillow. This will keep neck steady while sleeping. One other thing to try is to put ice between thumb and index finger of your right hand. if this doesn't work for pain within a couple of minutes don't try it any longer. It really is remarkable how pain can spread to your whole side. For years i thought i had heart trouble because the pain was in my left chest as well as leg, hip, ankle and neck.
    I have other ideas too for pain relief but try these first and if they don't help let me know. Hang in there and don't ever give up searching for help!!!!
  • I'd like to start by saying that your English is much better than many native-born Americans! :D You are doing a great job! <:P

    I wish I could reach through this computer and hug you because your story sounds so much like mine! I'm a female, 22 years old, and my pain started when I was 15. A lot of what you describe is how I describe my pain. Among other symptoms, it feels like a heating pad has been on my legs too long and it's still on, burning me! I waited 4 years before going to a doctor. When I finally went, it seemed like they thought it was all in my head, or that I was weak and couldn't handle a little pain. I have a lot more than a little pain! BUT, I finally got an MRI. They saw my problem easily. I still have to work hard to get good care, but at least they believe me now. Since you have pain in your upper body as well as your legs, I'd recommend getting an MRI of your whole spine. You can go to a primary care doctor to get the tests ordered, but you can also go to a neurologist or a spine specialist. Depending on your insurance, you may need to start with a primary care doctor and get referrals or you might just be able to go directly to a specialist if you have a PPO. I'm not a doctor, but it seems like your pain could be coming from more than one level of your spine. The pain you feel under your breast could also be coming from your spine. If the nerves of the neck or middle back are hurting, they can refer pain around to where you are feeling it. The leg pain generally comes from the lower back.

    One thing I can say is that I know you're not crazy, or making the pain up to get attention. A large majority of us here have the same pain. Don't worry if they don't find the problem right away; they will eventually find it and you will get some pain relief! I'm always here to talk if you have any questions or just want a friend that has been through all of this. I'm so proud of you for being resourceful! I'll help you in every way I can! Please keep me updated on how things go...
  • Find a family practice clinic at hospitals close to you. They usually have new Primary care Drs. especially in a women's clinic. Then get a referral or an MRI for your back and all the tests for the chest pain you're having. Having first a family Dr will help with referrals to Specialists. Even walk in clinics do physicals. My husband goes to a walk in clinic Dr. who gives referrals for his knee etc. Find a Dr. through spine health here also there is a search area. I hope you find a good Dr. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Mentally I have already found great relief now that I know I'm not the only person with this problem! :)

    I cant wait to get help, my husband rejoined the Army (reserves now), and he is going to enroll us in the Army's Health care program! Pretty soon I will be able to go to a doctor and start to fix this problem!

    I will definitely keep you updated! You made my day :)
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