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. Welcome to Spine-Health
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