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Nov 22, 2014 7:27 AM

Hello

New to this, just curious wonder if anyone has similar symptoms and gets sone relief.

When I was 16 I had some terrible back pain that started from nothing, several blood tests lots of tablets xrays an MRI and still no diagnosis . Referred to physio and a chiropractor - no joy.

5 years on I'm now 21 and although I still suffer from the pain in my back which is a sharp burning pain which travels to my right shoulder blade. The past 2 weeks I've had pains in both hands, starting in my fingers and going no further than my wrist.

I've been referred to musco-skeletal and rheumatoid specialists. Given tramadol at first now on gabapentin. Not getting much pain relief at the moment. Looking for some suggestions, its effecting my daily life and I feel very low at the minute.

Nov 22, 2014 12:18 PM

I know just what you're dealing with. I started 20 years ago with pain in my left shoulder. No explanation, no diagnosis.. Then, the shoulder got worse, I lost function, other pain developed along the way. Went on to see neuro, psych eval, ct scans, MRI, physical therapy, etc... I've had 28 surgeries in the last 18 years to try to hold things together. Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, among other things. Nerve meds didn't help and had bad side effects, on heavy pain meds and pain levels are usually around 8 ON medication. It's hard... Remember, you're not alone. Be proactive in your treatments and if you're not happy with a doctor, find another. Keep your connections to this pain community and We will all get through this together.

Nov 23, 2014 4:22 AM

see a pain specialist, if your doctors don't care that your meds aren't working! they are there to serve you, so don't be why about switching doctors if yours is a prick. I'm 28 and have OA. nice to meet another young person. derridaslut@yahoo.com email me if u would like! I'd love to hear from you

Nov 23, 2014 7:40 AM

Thank you for your replies it's nice to know other people understand the suffering. It's a constant battle, minor things seem like chores at the minute, can't even cut my own food up.

I do believe my doctor is just passing me around and not really looking out for my interests.

Another day, another long painful day.

Nov 23, 2014 8:02 PM

Fibromyalgia seems to be a prognosis a lot of people get when the doctors can't find a medical reason for pain. I know many doctors also believe that many people who have been diagnosed with fibro are suspected as having the pain in the head and are not suffering from real pain. Well pain is in the head, its your mind that tells you when you are in pain.
The mind can register pain from pain signals sent from nerves but there are other ways the mind thinks there is pain in the body. The human brain is an overwhelming complex device and there are many mysteries of the mind that cannot be understood. The brain works on chemicals and chemical reactions. The slightest change in brain chemistry can cause all kinds of effects including mild to serious symptoms. So the pain you feel may not always be caused by the nerves in the affected area sending pain signals to the brain, the brain can think there is pain on its own, like the phantom pains that amputees can feel.
There are syndromes that include pain and the syndromes are not fully understood by the medical society like Gillian Bare Syndrome which normally includes paralysis but that's just an example. Try and get to a Neurologist rather than a neurosurgeon and maybe they can find the reason for your pain.

Nov 23, 2014 8:07 PM

MS is another poorly understood brain issue that can cause the brain to think there is pain when there is no physical reason for the pain other than chemical reactions of the brain. I was told I have MS, then I was told no I don't and now they think it may be MS as well as spinal issues.

I wish you luck with your pain issues, I know how life altering chronic pain can be and its a shame you have had to live with the chronic pain before you even really started with your adult life.

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