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Mar 14, 2015 11:22 PM

I'm 15 and I don't know what's wrong with me, if anything.

I've been having minor back pain for a few years now, but recently it's gotten a lot worse and I can't work out why.
It's difficult to sleep, and difficult to focus in school and even on conversations with friends. One wrong move and it feels like my vertebrae are exploding. It hurts like hell to stand for too long, and it hurts to even try and lie flat on my back. It's nearly impossible to find a sitting position that doesn't hurt. Walking for a long time makes it feel like there are knives under my shoulder blades.

I've tried improving my posture (did nothing) yoga (hurt. A lot.) switching from a handbag, carried on one side, to a backpack (ugly and painful) making my school bag lighter (did nothing) and sleeping in weird arrays of pillows for support (helps until I roll over after 5 minutes).

Recently, my chest has started hurting too. If I lift my arms wrong, or pick up something too heavy, or even inhale deeply, there's this weird burst of pain in my sternum, sometimes my ribs too, like something is stretching to the point of ripping apart. It didn't used to be that bad, just kind of annoying, but now it's really interfering with my life.

I might just be making it all up though- I tend to be a bit of a hypochondriac. And if you believe you're ill, you'll get ill, right? I'm sure that's a thing that happens. I wouldn't want to waste NHS time going to see a doctor when there are people who have actual serious issues.

Mar 14, 2015 11:39 PM

Tezbee If this has been going on for several yrs you need to see Dr. Especially if it has gotten progressively worse. Have you been an a accident of some kind or was it sudden onset. If you haven't told your Mom you need too !!!! Don't just blow this off your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. It could be very serious and you may need immediate surgery to correct it. Don't wait another day, so what if you miss one day of school, the Dr can give you something to help with the pain.

Mar 14, 2015 11:53 PM

I wasn't in any sort of accident that could have caused this. When I was 13 a dr told me my hips were uneaven at a checkup, but shouldn't I have outgrown that by now?

I haven't told my mum but that's mostly because I don't really see the point- I'm not sure if I'm just growing or just have shit posture or whatever. I can be pretty much fine if I take enough paracetomal and am careful. I think I'll tell her now, though.

Mar 15, 2015 1:18 AM

Try chiropractic I have the same pain too

Mar 15, 2015 7:40 AM

If you have pain interfering with your life like you describe it is time to see a doctor and a chiropractor. If your hips were uneven then and you haven't seen a chiropractor to correct it the. They are probably worse now. Please talk to your parents and see a doctor.

Mar 17, 2015 1:59 AM

My mum says it's from spending too much time on the computer, or maybe growing, or both? Idk.I didn't want to argue.

Mar 17, 2015 7:25 AM

Hi Tezbee. Your computer use could be a contributing factor for the chest pain. When I sit too long at the computer I hurt from my upper neck into my back, chest and both arms. Take more frequent breaks or stop completely for a few days and see if it let's up some. Some of it could be growing pains if you're in a major growth spurt (no longer fit clothes). Both my daughter & nephew went through painful growth spurts several times. Both were diagnosed by doctors. Tell your mom and ask her to take you for a checkup.

Mar 17, 2015 8:20 AM

I agree with Flappsy I think if you stop the computer for a few days and the pain doesn't get better,then you need to get your Mom to take you to the Dr. as soon as possible. Good luck

Mar 17, 2015 12:28 PM

I can't really stop using the computer completely- my school uses computers for almost everything. I think I can try and use them less though. I'm growing but not very fast, so idk if that's it. Thanks to everyone for the help, though!

Oct 25, 2015 9:12 PM

It is time to see a Dr.

Oct 25, 2015 9:33 PM

@Tezbee, hello and welcome. I agree that taking yourself away from the computer some will help but when I was your age I was having the same issues that you are describing, it is not all in your head!! Yes some may be caused from growing pains but you need to talk to your mum and get them to have a Dr. Or Chiropractor exam you. I ended up having scoliosis and other issues with my back. Everything was out of wack and once I started seeing a chiropractor and I didn't notice any relief right away but by 4-6 treatments in I was finally starting to see the difference. I had to wear a back brace for a while also, it helped tremendously. Please be careful taking so much paracetamol. It can really cause other problems that may end being worse in the long run. I understand if you need to take it to be out of pain, but if you would go and get checked out the answer and solution to why you are hurting may be fixable.

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