i have had lower chronic lower back pain for several years - am on pain medication,pain patch and something for anxiety. Just recently i started experiencing upper back pain and within last week or so, the skin in this area is very sensitive to touch -almost like it was bruised. i went to pcp and was told i am having muscle spasms. was given a muscle relaxer along with all the other stuff i am taking - its been several days and the pain and sensitivity is still there. any ideas what is going on? when i take the meds i sleep and when i am awake i hurt. thanks
According to your age (53) you are probably experiencing spondylosis. You can request an X-ray image of the entire vertebral column. An X-ray can detect spondylotic changes (osteophites) of the vertebrae. An X-ray will also indicate deformities (scoliosis, lordosis or kifosis) of the vertebral spine. Deformities of the spine usually cause vertebral muscle spasms. Physical therapy may also have good benefits during treatment. Painkillers and muscle relaxants may also be prescribed.
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