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3 year old and back pain.

Mandi11MMandi11 Posts: 1
edited 05/11/2015 - 9:18 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi everyone! My name is mandi I'm 28 years old and a mother of 3! I joined this site in hopes to find some answers to help lead me to the correct path of getting help for my 3 year old daughter! She turned 3 in march and right about the same time started to randomly complain that her upper back hurt. (Right between her shoulder blades) I'm not a stranger to back pain I was diagnosed with scoliosis in middle school and had a spinal fusion when I was 18. I understand chronic back pain all to well. Back to my daughter, when I took her to the pediatrician I for sure thought it was going to be scoliosis. He was shocked she was so young and complaining of upper back pain( always the same spot) X-rays came back normal. MRI was done last week and everything was normal. Next we have an orthopedic appt and now pediatrician is wanting to test for Lyme disease. The complaints of pain are usually around when she changes positions (sitting to standing or vice versa) she is 3 and it is so hard to understand what she is going thru. Has anyone experienced this? Especially with a young child? My daughters doctor and I have been brainstorming back and forth on what could be going on but I don't want to put her thru a bunch of tests and doctors appt. if they aren't totally necessary. Thank you for any input! And sorry about the horrible grammar mommy of 3 doesn't get much of a break!


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I know nothing about children except that I love 'em!

    Thank goodness she is able to speak for herself and let you know she is hurting.

    I would like to think if I ..even at my age....if I was complaining of pain...that someone would look into it so I could have as pain free and full life as possible.

    To me, pain indicates something wrong. Three year olds don't make up back pain. And you believing her and taking her to doctor is huge...and a good job mom!

    To relieve her of this pain by alleviating the cause.....even if it takes some doctor visits and tests...you would be investing in her future.

    I do not know what testing would be done with someone so young...but the specialists would.

    I, myself, had an EMG...which was painless to me and was able to inform doctor of parts of my spine that were involved with issues...even parts of my spine that I never gave voice to complaint.
    That test was most beneficial in my situation.

    It is not easy to be a parent of a child with pain. We want to take it upon ourselves for instead of them to suffer. I know.
    You be strong and matter of fact and she will be as she follows your example.

    You found a great site for information here, and great people with varying experiences.
    Please use search on this site, also. With whatever your concern is, you may be led to articles, or videos or old posts that may help you help your child.

    My best for your child ...and again....good job, mom! Wishing all the best to you!
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