I am a 17 year old girl and I have been having back pain for years. It has become a lot worse in this past year. I have back pain every single day. Some days it is so bad that I cannot sit up to get out of bed. My back pain is mostly around the middle of my back, but sometimes it is near my neck and sometimes it is right at the bottom. I also have weird pins and needles in my back occasionally, especially near my left shoulder blade. Sometimes the pins and needles is in my arms and legs, and they go numb. I am worried that I may have nerve damage.
I have been tested for rheumatoid arthritis. I do not have it. I saw a rheumatologist and he requested that I have blood tests for vitamin D. My vitamin D levels are fine. He also booked me for an MRI scan and he said he would refer me for physiotherapy. I am having my MRI this month, but I have not heard anything about physiotherapy.
I was convinced that I had a slipped disc, but I have been having a lot of other joint pain too, so now I'm not sure. I have neck pain, jaw pain (sometimes my jaw half-dislocates), hip pain (in my groin and bum), and knee pain (sometimes my knees give way, like bend backwards). Maybe I have some other form of arthritis? A few people in my family have osteoarthritis/osteoporosis/rheumatoid arthritis/gout. Could it be genetic?
I am also not very active at all, so this is in no way a sports injury.
- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator