Hello, this is the first time I've been on here and I just wanted to say hi to everyone who could possibly help me. Recently, I would get some sharp shooting pain on my side, almost like a stabbing pain with a electric feel to it. This would happen in the middle of the night and wake me up. The pain would only last less than a few seconds. I usually feel it in my lower back and it goes up my body around my upper back, ribs, and shoulder blade area. This has been something that has been with me for almost 3-4 months now.
So far, all the tests I've done include:
X-Ray (Cervical Spine)
MRI (Cervical Spine)
Stress Test (I was told everything with my heart was fine and normal)
My question to you guys is, what do you think this could be. When I first started to feel the symptoms, I only felt the pain in my should blade and upper back area. I assumed that maybe something was wrong with my neck, but I was told I had nothing wrong. I got an X-ray and an MRI with no problems. They decided to send me to Physical Therapy to help with my problem. After a few weeks of Therapy, I did start to feel somewhat better, but was never fully back to who I was before. I'm only 22 and this has really made my everyday living a bit of a nuisance. Before this, I would work out and go to the gym 3-4 days a week. I was a very active person with no medical problems in my past before. Once this started to effect me, I couldn't exercise like I could before.
Could this be something in my Thoracic Spine or possibly my lumbar spine? The pain would just kinda come and go, but now it seems to have just stayed for these past few days. I really only get the really bad pain when I take a deep breath. As long as I don't take any deep breaths, I can manage through the day with out too much trouble. Of course, I don't want to have to live like this forever. I want to be active again and do the things I loved doing. I'm going to see my doctor about this and see what he says, but was wondering what you guys thought of this. Like I said, the pain is like a stabbing pain accompanied with an electric shock (At least that's what it feels like to me) when I take a deep breath. The pain will radiate up, and I will feel it in my ribs, upper back, and shoulder blade area. Not sure if I explained everything too well, and if any more information is need to help me, just let me know. Thank you all for reading and hopefully you guys can give me some advice on what is happening to me. ****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
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
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- 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
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- 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
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’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.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 11/03/15 23:44 est