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Upper back pain and Osteopenia

twin.no.twottwin.no.two Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am suffering from chronic upper back pain. It has been going on for about a year and a half. It is mostly a burning pain, but at times I get a stabbing pain between my spine and right shoulder blade. For years I have had other symptoms as well, such as numbness, tingling, muscle twitching, etc. A brain MRI ruled out MS. My doctor diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia based on the fact that the MRI was normal. I was diagnosed with Osteopenia 6 years ago after taking Depo-Provera for 5 years. Is it possible that the pain in my back could be related to the Osteopenia? I am 39 years old. I have never had any type of upper back x-rays or scans.


  • Welcome! I think you should get X-rays and/or MRI done, with the numbness and tingling it sounds like it could be a pinched nerve or a disc problem. Have you talked to your Doctor? Is it a constant pain or does it come and go?

    I would talk to your doctor and tell him whats going on and have him order some x-rays and MRI and if needed some other tests to see what is causing this.

    Feel better!
  • I haven't talked to my doctor since she gave me the results of the brain MRI. It was normal, so she said I "probably" have Fibromyalgia. I'm not saying I don't, but I honestly think there is a problem with my spine itself. The pain comes and goes. Sometimes it hurts in my chest. I cannot hold my newborn nephew for more than a few minutes because the pain gets so intense. I am taking 300mg of Neurontin 3 times a day, and it provides little relief. I do plan to go back to my doctor. I don't have health insurance, which is making it hard, but I'm not giving up.
  • Fibro doesn't cause numbness or tingling. It seems sometimes doctors call things Fibro just because it can effect a wide number of different areas of the body. I agree with GMiller - talk to your doctor or maybe switch to a different doctor who has more thorough follow-through.

    I hope you find answers soon, and some relief.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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