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Advice very much appreciated

FrancismccroryFFrancismccrory Posts: 1
edited 10/28/2017 - 3:28 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic


I'm Francis: a 58 year old bloke who would really appreciate some advice. Mentally, emotionally and certainly spiritually, I feel as young as ever. In fact, in those domains, I feel as though I'm defying the 58 mark and should be perhaps 28. But the back and lower neck ache which has become progressively worse over the last 8 or 9 months (if that's not a contradiction of terms) makes me feel perhaps 20 years older than my Birth Certificate would suggest. My GP has referred me to an NHS Rheumatologist who, in turn, has ruled out AS. (Besides, mine is an upper back / lower neck problem and AS seems to be something to do with the lower spine) Basically, I feel like (sorry to put it crudely). I can't walk up the slightest of inclines without feeling exhausted, I struggle bringing a loaded fork to my mouth (very embarrassing in company) and its as if my chin is being forced into my upper chest. I don't seem to have the strength to straighten up and there is noticeable upper body muscle deterioration. All this is, as you can imagine, very debilitating and causing me much depression. As the title implies, any advice much appreciated. Best regards, Francis

Edited by Memerainbolt



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,354

    welcome to spine-health

    so what is your next step, who do you see next? the reason i'm asking is you need an answer as to what is causing this.
    and, are you on any medication to manage the pain? i can see the reason for depression, most of us go through that. but to combat the depression start researching. knowledge is power. the more you know, the better the questions you ask your doctors.
    go to the right of the page to faq's scroll down to the many articles we have.

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