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thoracic wrenching soreness, spinal meningioma

surfjamssurfjam Posts: 1
edited 10/25/2015 - 6:23 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Family history- fathers side all had cardiovascular, aunt cerebral-palsy, mothers had relapsing cancer
Records- seizure in 2011 resulted in medical propofol coma, recovered in a psychiatric ward returned several times, always had joint pain (fibromyalgia) and hyperthyroidism hematologically. Since then genuine positive attitude & no medication

Flaxseed oil as anti-inflammatory & omega source, peppermint-tea for antioxidants, etc. Last year I started lifting weights & goin for weekly run w/ dog. I'm 130lb, 22yr male, average height.
Not just being cautious, when optometrist 5 weeks ago dilation/light caused my upper spine to itch/tickle severely. Previously I had totally ignored painless sensation in that specific ligament, later that day it began to ache as if i was slouching. I went to a massage therapist, then to an acupuncturist,, finally to a physician whom i hadn't seen in years; had xray which was "negative."

I'm pretty sure I have good posture, but posture doesn't seem to effect the soreness at all. I've been applying tiger-balm regularly some relief, whereas prescription muscle-relaxers do not.

Today while cooking I noticed strong smells amplify the soreness. I'm getting extremely desperate fearing the soreness will not be treated easily or that ill be forced to take psychiatric pharmaceuticals, although I've been managing so far. I've got health insurance & $1400+ in student loans, but thought of long term inpatient setting makes me kinda nervous.

I'm done fretting in public, my first guess is spinal-meningioma. Instead of calling an ambulance for ER or an Urgent Care Center i decided to set another appointment w/ a physician for a CT scan or something. The soreness has become constant, practically intolerable lately. I'm confident that ill recover without loosing sight or something, if i can complete hw assignments ill keep posted. comments, concerns, words of encouragement

Welcome to Spine-Health

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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, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?

    . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)

  • . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
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- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?

  • . Physical Therapy
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- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)

  • . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
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- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

  • . Name of Medication
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- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
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Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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.

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