I am desperately trying to figure out what could be causing my upper back pain and constant muscle spasms. I'm in constant pain. I'll try to describe what it's like and maybe someone can give me suggestions as to what's causing it. Firstly, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I'm not sure if that's contributing. My back hurts almost constantly from the bottom of my shoulder blades up to the bottom of my neck. I get spasms radiating from my spine out, as well as spasms running down from the bottom of the left side of my neck, across the top of my shoulder and into my upper back near my shoulder blade and across my collar bone. I often have tingling (like fallen asleep) in my pinky and ring fingers on my right hand. It always feels like if my upper back could pop, it would feel better, but if my husband pops it, it makes it worse. It feels like my upper back (from under my shoulder blades to the bottom of my neck) is compressed or something. Also, I always tilt my head to the right side towards my right shoulder. It's pretty noticeable. It's uncomfortable to keep my head straight up and down. I sit really hunched over and it's uncomfortable to sit upright. I saw a new doctor today (who I hated) and he's sending me for an xray. I have no idea why the pain is so bad and what could have caused it. I was rear ended twice, and ended up in physical therapy for a bit after the second time, but they didn't see any bulging discs, etc in the MRI. Please help!!!! I"m living on anti spasm medication (baclofen) and pain medicine and I'm still in a lot of pain. Any suggestions as to what could be causing this??
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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
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