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Lost in pain

TrevA221TTrevA221 Posts: 1
edited 10/23/2015 - 1:25 AM in New Member Introductions

My back problems started with when I started working out lots of push ups and pull ups, increasingly my right shoulder started moving farther out of place but I had ignored it not thinking it was anything to serious. One day I woke up with lots of muscle tightness in my neck area and my neck vertebrae's popping every time i moved my neck and numbness/tingling in my both my hands. I went to the Urgent care where they took x-rays and didn't see anything they gave my pain, anti-inflammatory, steroid pills and sent me home. The medicine helped to make my pain manageable but never took anything away. I went to the chiropractor a week later who took more x-rays and told me I had scoliosis in the upper part of my spine at 15 degrees. I went to him for about a month for work which subdued my pain to a more manageable level but nothing completely subsided. I then went to my primary care doctor who said I had scoliosis in 2 other parts of my spine that were minor and that my spine was also compressed he recommended yoga and physical therapy for me.

I then continued my treatment with physical therapy twice a week for 2 months then 1 time a week for 6+ months. I improved a lot at times and then a week later I would be right back where I started except with different symptoms. I now had pain when looking downwards and popping in my spine from my neck to the middle of my spine when looking downwards. My right shoulder is still very out of place as well. Resting my head/neck (IE sleeping at night) makes my vertebrae feeling like they are constantly clicking together and sliding out of place. My symptoms prevent me from living a comfortable life and doing most physical activities I enjoy.

I don't know where to continue my treatment at this point I stopped going to physical therapy because I was just spending a ton of money for what in the end turned out to be little improvement. My doctor said if I didn't get my spine stabilized my condition would be permanent without surgery. I'm not sure if I should just give up and just go back to start talking about surgery or start going back to physical therapy again.

Any advice would be very welcomed this has crippled my life for over a year now and I just can't find anyway to fix it. Thanks in advice for reading this.
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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 . Acupuncture . 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? . Results
- 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?

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I’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.

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