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Unexplained pain symptoms

rowikorrowiko Posts: 1
edited 07/27/2015 - 7:38 PM in Chronic Pain
I have been having pain on the left side of my back for a few months now. More of an inconvenience than anything else, and only occurring when bending my upper body to either side, turning in bed, or when getting into a car. The pain is not constant. The GP I saw simply gave me heat patches, which, however, didn't seem to make a difference. More recently I had several sessions at a chiropractor, which seemed to make the pain go away temporarily, but then it was back.

A few days ago I had a sudden onset of severe pain inside my left knee after taking an innocent step. A completely different kind and excruciating pain, like a fire inside the knee (followed by a feeling like ice inside straight afterwards). No 'popping' sound or anything. After a few minutes it gradually subsided, but it happened three more times on the same day, twice on the stairs and once when taking a normal step, seemingly when trying to bend the knee. After the last episode, I couldn't bend my knee for about an hour because of the pain. Then it got better, and just when I was ready to see a doctor the next morning, it was all gone and hasn't come back as yet. So I felt foolish seeing a doctor for a pain that was no longer present.

Two days after this incident I started to have mild shoulder pain in both sides (more pronounced on my right side), and only when I lift my arms above my shoulders or move them around. This pain is completely new and more similar to the one in my back, more like a dull muscle ache after overuse. However, I have not done any special activity that would explain this.

On the one hand I feel I should see a doctor, trying to figure out what is going on. On the other hand, I don't really know what kind of doctor to go to, or what to tell him, as above pain symptoms seem so random and of a completetely different nature to each other, that I fear he would just dismiss me as a hypochondriac.

Any help appreciated. I'm a 47-year old male.

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  • Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,702
    edited 07/28/2015 - 6:18 AM

    Generally, when we first start on our spine journey, we see our PCP until it's advised to see a specialist. I had very strange arm symptoms that were difficult to explain along with a sharp pain in the middle of my shoulder blades. I never told my PCP about the arm stuff, but after an x-ray of my neck, referred me to PT. When that didn't work she told me to find a spine specialist. So I did and he said surgery, no chance of anything else helping.

    So I would go see your PCP if I were you. The pain in the middle of my shoulder blades was muscle spasms due to the muscles trying to hold my head up with three missing discs in my neck.

    I'm not saying this is your problem, but if something physical is bothering you it would be wise to begin with your PCP and be honest about your symptoms.

    Take care,
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