Hi, My boyfriend has had chronic back pain for over 3 years and has been to so many doctors that hes ready to give up. He has pain on the right side of his low back that radiates to his side. He says its a horrible stabbing pain that can make him double over in pain. He has been to back specialists, nerologist, he has done physical therapy, seen many normal MDs to see if they think anything is up but nothing has come up. He has had blood tests and went to get an ultrasound on his gall bladder because he has the symptoms of having gall bladder problems. But that cheacked out normal too. He has had an MRI done on his low back and mid back. Also he has had a ct scan done with contrast. He has had kidney stones in the past but now all that checks out. He's been to a chiro who has adjusted him and done acupunture to the area. The Physical Therapy and Chrio helped but the pain always came back. All the doctors say his scans come up normal and its really frustrating to him and thinks that maybe its all in his head. Other symptoms he has are: Trouble sleeping, constipation, gas, bloating, pain in the area below rib cage, on different medications for bipolar, aniexty, and ADD. Doctors check the levels of meds in his system to make sure hes ok and that checks out too. So I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what it could be.
Thanks!
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replied October 30th, 2009
Have you visited a spine specialist, did he reviewed MRI?
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replied October 30th, 2009
I think it may have been spine because they looked into if he had degernative discs and other types of spinal problems while reviewing the MRI. But thats when they referred him to go see the neurologist and then they sent him to physical therapy after that and still the pain is coming back.
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replied November 14th, 2009
Hi,
Could it be fibromyalgia? I noticed your boyfriend is taking anxiety medication, and fibromyalgia is often diagnosed as stress related pain.
I found a blog today that mentions the symptoms and some possible remedies he could try
Hope this helps, even if it eliminates fibromyalgia as a possible reason.
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replied November 17th, 2009
Piriformis muscle syndrome can give the same symptoms as spine related problems. tell him to google it and then go and see a good physio.I have been told for 2 years that my bum, groin and hip pain is from a 10 year old spinal injury. It's not! Thankfully my new physio has a real hands on (OWwww!)approach and has found tight and knotted muscles, including the piriformis, in my buttock causing siatica, numbness and nerve damage. Good luck.
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