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I have been experiencing these symptoms over the past year and a half (mostly in neck, back, arms, and hands): intense muscle tension and knots, muscle spasms, nerve pain/tingling/numbness, stiffness, possibly tennis elbow, eye strain, floaters, clear membranes on eyes, eye twitch (sclera), dry eyes and skin, shortness of breath, anxiety, fatigue, disturbed sleep. I got x-rays of my spine, and it showed I have minor scoliosis of my thoracic spine and straightening of my cervical spine, although it is not known if I had this since birth or not. Also, it seems like my symptoms are more intense on the right side of my body. It is hard for me to get as much exercise in as I want because I have injured my knees, but I have tried doing physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage. I also eat a healthy, balanced diet. I don't know why I'm still experiencing these symptoms. Sometimes I wake up and I can't move my entire arm. It seems like it's worse when I lay down. Maybe pinched nerves in neck?

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replied October 27th, 2016
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Welcome to e health forum.

It is difficult to make a diagnosis without a complete medical history and physical examination.

Lower back pain is a physical illness related to nerves, muscle, bone and abdominal-pelvic organ. The common causes (considering your age) include:

- Nerve root syndromes - these produce symptoms of nerve impingement (a nerve is directly irritated): Herniated discs, Spondylosis and Spinal disc degeneration

- Musculoskeletal pain syndromes like myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia.

- Infections of the bones: Bacterial and spinal Tuberculosis

- Noninfectious inflammation of the spine (spondylitis) can cause stiffness and pain in the spine that is particularly worse in the morning

- Renal stone, stress, anxiety, depression and somatoform disorders.

The exact cause can be determined only with proper medical evaluation and hence it would be recommended to consult your doctor for proper help.

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