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Anyone know about upper and lower back pain?

The granite guyTThe granite guy Posts: 2
edited 01/02/2014 - 12:46 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi, as a new member any advice us greatly appreciated. Now as for my problems, I've worked with granite counter tops for 14 yrs now and my back has progressively gotten worse, it feels like the middle of my spine all the way to neck feels like it's just being compressed and both arms go completely numb. After awhile of workin it spreads to lower back with shooting pains. I deal with this everyday, and it's to the point that I don't wanna get out of bed, depression has become an issue. I could go on and on. Any advice on what you think my problem is and what to do Would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.


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  • Hi granite guy, I can't tell you what might be wrong with you, no one here can as no one here is a dr., but I can tell you what you should do.....YOU definitely need to go see your dr and get an MRI set up so you can find out what is going on. The numbness you are having is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong don't ignore it, again go see your dr.

    Take care granite guy & welcome to Spine Health. Now, call your dr and make that appointment :-)
  • Hi the granite guy,
    This all sounds very serious and should not be ignored. I'm not a doctor but I can recommend a very good physical therapist located in Manhattan.Have you ever considered physical therapy an option?
  • Welcome to Spine Health. The best starting point is to see your regular doctor, for an evaluation. I am including a link that Liz posted above called the Step by step guide to getting treatment for chronic back pain.......it gives an overview of the steps in the process to getting your back pain treated. Some or all of the steps may be skipped depending on what your exam shows, but it does help newbies to back pain understand the process.
    I hope that it helps you.
  • Mate, if you haven't been diagnosed with anything as yet, I'd be getting the MRI where you can sit and then the one where you lay down. The neurosurgeon whose opinion isn't geared to cutting you open and doing what they do, would be my choice.

    I would then get 3 opinions from 3 different neurosurgeons. Then, post questions on here.

    I've had 6 x spinal surgeries (I've got more steel in me now than my car has....). People who are suffering "at the coal face" are sadly, your best source of information. If you can afford it, get 6 opinions! Wish I did, but, that's another story.....

    My life went from 100 miles per hour to 5 miles per hour since I've had the surgeries, so, I know what it's like to be in and out of hospitals, pain management specialist, OT's, blah, blah, blah.

    As the site moderators say, the giving of medical advice on here is frowned upon, but, getting to communicate with people who REALLY know what you are going through are the people you need.
    More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
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