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My back shoulder area feels on fire and is mainly numb to pain, only feel pressure

ceedubbya27cceedubbya27 Posts: 1
edited 11/06/2014 - 8:52 PM in Chronic Pain
I have been told that I may have Scoliosis, and also that I may have a "form" of MS called Scheuermann's Disease. I can tell you this. I do have a lot of pain and my back doesn't sit normally. I do have a "hunch" like a MR Burns from the Simpsons posture and that is my normal posture. As a Chef, I stand over tables and my pain is beyond what I would wish on any enemy. It gets to be unbearable after a few hours standing without bending or hanging from something to release the pressure, having to use towels to try and relieve the pressure by becoming my own Chiropractor. I went to a chiropractor a few years ago and felt that if I went every other day or so to get decompression I would be ok, then the bill was ridiculous and I felt betrayed by the Doctor because I am truly in pain and need more than a adjustment I think. As a opiate addict, I used narcotics to "numb the pain" from 2005 until 2008, not prescribed of coarse. In 2008 I finally got help for my addiction and also found that the pain was no longer under a veil. Although I do take Suboxone 12mg PRD and Zanaflex 4mg TID, the pain is still there and I have awesome insurance through Premera blue cross. I would be willing to undergo something "a study maybe or something" that may relieve this horrible burning and pain. In the peak of my back numbness, you can stick a needle into my shoulder and I only feel the pressure and no nerve pain. Is there a doctor in the Seattle-Tacoma area that can help please! I also have BP issue and am on other medications including, lisinipril/hci, Cardura and metropolol and would be willing to release my medical records to a doctor who may understand this.Even with the Buprenorphine and the tizanadine, I suffer a lot of pain and have started to think at 36 yrs old, No one will ever understand how I feel! Any help would be great and I pray to God and have faith that someone might have a way to help me.
Charles W
Washington State


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,706
    edited 11/06/2014 - 8:54 PM
    Members are not permitted to name or recommend doctors on the forum but this link may help you find one..

    Welcome to Spine-Health and how to get started here

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • to see what surgical options there may be to correct the problems, instead of just medicating them ?
    If the pain is so severe that it is interefering in your life, your work, then it is past time to consider seeing a spine surgeon and talking to find out what exactly your options are, and what benefits there may be for you in having surgery.
    A board certified spine ortho or neuro surgeon can be found at the find a doctor links Liz posted for you above.
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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 11/07/2014 - 7:34 AM
    Please don't see anymore chiropractors until you've seen a board certified spine surgeon & they've told you it's ok. Chiropractors aren't spine specialists & can cause serious damage. I'm sorry. I know that's the last thing you want to hear after spending your well earned cash. I've spent a fortune on every other day 'therapies' in the past & never achieved long term results. I see a neurosurgeon & a pain management doc. Between them they work at chipping away at my pain & keeping it manageable. You really need to be seeing the correct specialists.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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