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hi rachel, my problem which i've had for 5 years, seem a lot like yours. i'm 22 now. i'll tell you my situation and you can tell me if you've had any similarities. When i was 17, i started to feel achy, not any particular spots. i would ask my family for backrubs, and they were feel (palpate) tight knots. by the way, all my aches are on the right side of my shoulder blade(kind of under it)all the way up the the right side of my neck under my ear. my lower back is generally achy. My back is the epitome of crackly. i crack it often and that is the ONLY Thing that gives me relief- even though chiros say not to and MD's don't acknowledge that as treatment. my vertebrae feel as if they protrude and have to be pushed back into place. i used to go to a chiro who did his job, only minutes after i would leave his office the pain and misalignment would come back, so obviously there is something wrong with the structure of my back. it feels like something is pulling all the time. i have tried yoga, streches, physical therapy, massage (which feels good, but my spine still aches).
i have received botox into the knots which really did work, if the doctor does it in exactly the right spot. my spots are : RHOMBOID, TRAPEZIUS, STERNOCLEIDOMASTOID. I highly recommend botox. it last for 4 months. i feel trapped because i don't know if i have a skeletal or muscular disease or both. by the way i have scoliosis. my pelvis is twisted and my legs are uneven. my right leg has had a lot of problems as it receives much more pressure than the left one. my curvature is about 20 degrees. some doctors say this could be the cause of my pain, some vehemently deny scoliosis causes any pain. i feel as if it definitely has something to do with it. i have been on skelaxin, klonopin (kind of like xanax) it somehow helps, and Oxycontin. i have seen a pain management specialist who did trigger point injections, basically injecting anesthetic into the belly of the knot under anesthesia two weeks ago. i have Lidoderm patches that numb the area, and are somewhat helpful. ask for these things. i wouldn't have mention them if they didn't help. it sucks to be in this much pain so young. i am athletic.
here are my two diagnoses: MYOFASCIAL DISEASE
CERVICAL DYSTONIA
keep in mind i had to figure this all out myself and basically spoonfeed my doctors hints. nobody ever even suggested a pain management doctor even though i've had the same complaint for 5 years.(my friend is a pharmacist and she suggested it, thank god.) This is an everyday thing. i can't sit, stand, or even lay down now with cramping. I'm running out of positions!!!WWhat is wrong with me? MRI's and x-ray show nothing but mild scoliosis. i always slept on one side-right- and feel is if this somehow made me grow deformed because i did this all my life (sort of a obsessive thing) . i can't drop my head to my chest and can't turn my head my side to side unless i am on botox. doctors are hesitant to give narcotics because i am so young and my disease jumps all over the place.
hi rachel, my problem which i've had for 5 years, seem a lot like yours. i'm 22 now. i'll tell you my situation and you can tell me if you've had any similarities. When i was 17, i started to feel achy, not any particular spots. i would ask my family for backrubs, and they were feel (palpate) tight knots. by the way, all my aches are on the right side of my shoulder blade(kind of under it)all the way up the the right side of my neck under my ear. my lower back is generally achy. My back is the epitome of crackly. i crack it often and that is the ONLY Thing that gives me relief- even though chiros say not to and MD's don't acknowledge that as treatment. my vertebrae feel as if they protrude and have to be pushed back into place. i used to go to a chiro who did his job, only minutes after i would leave his office the pain and misalignment would come back, so obviously there is something wrong with the structure of my back. it feels like something is pulling all the time. i have tried yoga, streches, physical therapy, massage (which feels good, but my spine still aches).
i have received botox into the knots which really did work, if the doctor does it in exactly the right spot. my spots are : RHOMBOID, TRAPEZIUS, STERNOCLEIDOMASTOID. I highly recommend botox. it last for 4 months. i feel trapped because i don't know if i have a skeletal or muscular disease or both. by the way i have scoliosis. my pelvis is twisted and my legs are uneven. my right leg has had a lot of problems as it receives much more pressure than the left one. my curvature is about 20 degrees. some doctors say this could be the cause of my pain, some vehemently deny scoliosis causes any pain. i feel as if it definitely has something to do with it. i have been on skelaxin, klonopin (kind of like xanax) it somehow helps, and Oxycontin. i have seen a pain management specialist who did trigger point injections, basically injecting anesthetic into the belly of the knot under anesthesia two weeks ago. i have Lidoderm patches that numb the area, and are somewhat helpful. ask for these things. i wouldn't have mention them if they didn't help. it sucks to be in this much pain so young. i am athletic.
here are my two diagnoses: MYOFASCIAL DISEASE
CERVICAL DYSTONIA
keep in mind i had to figure this all out myself and basically spoonfeed my doctors hints. nobody ever even suggested a pain management doctor even though i've had the same complaint for 5 years.(my friend is a pharmacist and she suggested it, thank god.) This is an everyday thing. i can't sit, stand, or even lay down now with cramping. I'm running out of positions!!!WWhat is wrong with me? MRI's and x-ray show nothing but mild scoliosis. i always slept on one side-right- and feel is if this somehow made me grow deformed because i did this all my life (sort of a obsessive thing) . i can't drop my head to my chest and can't turn my head my side to side unless i am on botox. doctors are hesitant to give narcotics because i am so young and my disease jumps all over the place.

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Shea S.





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