I am helpless. I think I have a very rare condition: Once or twice a month I have this chronic and severe pain in my spine where it feels like something is pressing against my spine, even I feel like something is moving down and up my spine. It's usually accompanied by chronic throat pain and it takes somewhere between 45-60 minutes to go away, but this 45-60 are unbelievably painful. Sometimes I try really hard to sleep just so I don't have to feel it any more.
I went to the doctor but he seemed uninterested, he told me to stop eating pickles and spicy food, even though I don't think it's a food related problem, it's just that the pain is too painful for it to be a food related problem and also the areas are not that sensitive to food so-to-speak. The first time it started it was about 2 and a half to 3 years ago, and it didn't come back for 6 months or so. And then it started to occur like every few months, and about one year ago it starts to occur like every month.
Does it sound familiar to anyone?! I hope I could get a diagnosis on it.. I am really helpless.
Thanks in advanced,
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. Spinal Injections
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. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
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. Name of Medication
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s 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 :
As I mentioned above, there is no one on the forum side of this site that is medically qualified to provide any type of diagnosis. That you must get from your doctor.Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
What is unclear to me , is what kind of doctor did you see and what was it that was done to make you say they were not interested? Have you had any type of diagnostic test to potentially say it could be spinal or gastric related? Until you deal with your doctor(s) so more, there is really nothing that we could add. Keep in mind, some gastric problems can create an very high amount of acute pain.
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/17/15 10:05 est