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27 years old and chronic pain since toddler

ksatt001kksatt001 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:49 AM in Chronic Pain
I am 27 years old and have had chronic sever pain in my neck and upper back since I was a toddler. I remember as far back as 11 needing my dad to get the same knott out from behind my shoulder blade that is still there, but my mom remembers my complaining of the pain for longer than that. I have chronic pain in my entire back and chronic headaches. I have seen chiropractors on and off since I was a child and IF I find a good one they can only temporarily aleviate the pain. I have always been active and have exercised my back and stretch every night religiously. I sit up and pull my shoulders back and squeeze my knees together multiple times a day and IT STILL HURTS. I have TMJ and have been receiving treatment for 3 years for that. My headaches are a little better but my back is still in constant pain. It get's worse when I lay down and can rarely sleep through a night. My chest has begun to hurt over the past year and I have fought pain and tinglining in my arms, wrists and hands on and off for years. My knees and legs hurt often and my feet alot of the time as well. I wear orthodics as I am flat footed, but still I have pain. I am tired of being toild it is wear and tear from years of competitve soccer, and injuries here and there. How is that possible at age 5? Oh, the other one I get is, "it must be stress." CONSTANTLY SINCE AGE 5?

Yes stretching and excercise help, SLIGHTLY and stress can make it worse, but I have not had 1 day that my back has not hurt that I can remember in my ENTIRE life. Anyone else ever experience this? I have done everything. I am even seeing a pain management doctor in a few days but I refuse to medicate the rest of my life. I have seen those medications destroy people and there has to be a cause doesn't there?????



  • Hi :wave: & welcome - though I am so sorry to hear of your pain.

    What specific tests have been ran? I assume you have been through many any tests over the years.

    Have you seen a neurologist that specializes in the spine?

    It seems to me yes there has to be something happening and the right Dr combined with correct testing should give a idea.

    Maybe some pain med may help you while you try to figure out the "what" part of all this.

    Not all pain meds are long term. :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I agree, to find out why it might help to see an orthopod or a neurologist who specializes in disorders of the spine.

    Unfortunately, in spines, knowing the cause doesn't always mean there is a way to fix it, so sometimes pain management is the only help. But you don't know yet :)

    Good luck!
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  • Hello Ksatt and welcome to Spine-health!! This is a wonderful group of people that really understand what you are going through, pain wise :D .

    I just wanted to say HI!!
  • Hi and welcome.

    So sorry you are so frustrated. I, too, would be curious to hear about what tests you've had done.

    Has anyone considered testing you for other disorders? I'm thinking fibromyaligia is a tough one to diagnose but they do so by testing for many other things.

    Anyhow, hopefully you can find some support here. Pain stinks!
  • Tell the PMD what you said here, that "I refuse to medicate the rest of my life", and perhaps s/he will offer many other solutions to relieve you of your pain. Hot showers are the best pain relief I have ever found, though there are a lot of other "little" things that I do, even so, the hot water helps me best but only lasts for an hour or two-tops. Still, better than nothing.

    I'm also curious to hear of your tests and what was found - or ruled out as a result of them.
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  • Thank for caring everyone. I have seen all kinds of doctors. I have seen a variety of chiropractors since I was 5. I have seen my primary care who as I grew up says I have growing painds...ha Since I am older now and in charge of my own healthcare I have had full x-rays done in which different doctors have said different things from you have errosion of the disks in your neck to everything looks fine. I have had blood work done a million times, am receiving treatment for TMJ (going on 3 years now and though my headaches are better my back is not) and have received acupressure, which helps for a few hours.I have even seen an diabetes and hormone specialist as I have constant leg pain and a family history f thyroid problems. I finally broke down and am seeing a physical medicine & rehabilitationdoctoe. He has order full x-rays from my neck to lower back, an MRI of my neck as he suspects nerve pain, and a nerve functioning test. So we wil see. However, he gave me a lidocaine/steroid shot in my back trapezius muscle, where I have the most pain, and it made every other pain intensify and then by Sat night (I had it Friday) the pain in the muscle he gave me the shot was a million time worse and it still won't go away and hot baths, ice, advil, nothing works. I'll keep you guys posted on the test.
  • "The normal human body constantly produces a variety of sensations and symptoms — a random pain here, a twitch there. Most people never notice these, just ignore them or treat them as the common, everyday sensations that they usually are. But when you have hypochondria, every sensation or symptom, no matter how minor, is evidence to you that you have a serious or life-threatening disease. A headache, for example, signals a brain tumor. A shaky hand signals Parkinson's disease. A cough, lung cancer."

    I don't think I'm dieing, nor do I cry when I get a muscle cramp and think I have a disease. I have a sharp shooting pain behind my left shoulder blade that feels like someone has stuck a knife in my back. That's not a little pain. And I have a psychiatrist that is aware of this pain and he does not feel that I am a hypochondriac. But thanks.
  • Hi ksatt! Welcome to the site, sorry to hear of your long lived pain. Have you been to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon? Once you have the results from your MRI and x-rays, you will have an idea of what is going on. If the results warrant it, you should ask for a referral to either the neuro or NS. I hope you can get in quickly for the MRI! I also wanted to say that PMs don't just usse medication for treatment, as you know, they also use injections to try to alleviate the pain. Unfortunately, it's trial and error to find the right treatment for you, as everyone is different, and has different outcomes to the same meds, injections, pt, etc. Hang in there, and you will find the best combination of treatments for you. Take care;
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Well, I got the results of an MRI for my neck as well as a nerve functioning test. I have a bulging disc in my C3-C4 region and carpel tunnel in both hands. The X-rays of neck and back showed nothing so the Dr. wanted to say the back pain must be stress and to just strengthen, stretch and massage (which is what I have been doing since childhood. I told him that the neck X-rays show nothing yet the MRI does so how does that make my back any different. I had to practically demand it but he ordered an MRI of my upper back finally. The Physical Therapist he referred me to, as well as the massage therapist he refered me to, said that they have had other patients with the same pain and that they have always had either a pinched nerve or damaged disc. So we shall see.
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