I have had the following symptoms for a few years off and on but since fall 2012 they have been persistent and increasing in severity.
sharp pain in spine between shoulder blades. Muscle pain (straining in back and pecks). swollen painful joints (left shoulder, elbow, knuckles) Finger joints feel swollen often. Fingertips numb/prickly often Tearing sensation or pinching sensation in shoulder muscles, bicep, forearm. Left pectoral muscle aches (feels strained) Shoulder often has the feeling of something wedged between the joints. pops and clunks. Lose dexterity often in left arm/hand. Sometimes I just tuck my hand in my back pocket and don't even bother trying to use the arm when it gets in the way at work.
I'm lean (eat gluten free) and active. Pain is severe at times and feels like im bathing in it if that makes any sense. Morning starts off ok but gets worse as the day goes on. Activity aggravates the pain. I am drug free because of a dependency issue several years ago so no pain relievers. I will have a glass (or more) of wine to numb things up. If I have too much the next day feel like I'm being torn apart (like today )
I have suffered a few back injuries (including the spine area I feel pain now, and it will slip out every once in a while) and shoulder injuries so me and the doc have gone down that rout for treatment but the therapy is not working and the pain is increasing and is not localized to the injured locations. I am in for a physical next week and want to encourage my doc to refer me to the next step.
Any suggestions on how I can approach an MRI request would be helpful. I will likely refuse any drug treatment but I would like to know what the cause is and then I can deal with pain management in the appropriate way for my post drug years.
I have had the following symptoms for the last few years periodically but since last fall they have been persistent and have increased in severity. I am struggling every day now. I have been to my doc, who I like, but he is reluctant to say it is anything but stress, anxiety and so on. I will not take any meds (former dependency issue) so I frequently get the "try this and come back if it doesn't help". I'm going in next week for a physical and going to push for a referral.
Persistent daily pain. Minimal in the morning but increases as the day goes on. Activity like lifting at work or home aggravates it.
Sharp pain in my spine between shoulder blades. Tearing/Pinching sensations in my back, shoulder, clavicle, biceps, forearms. Joints on left side feel sore and or swollen (stabbing in joints) almost continuously (hard to pull in the clutch on my bike when my hand flares up) I lose dexterity often in my left arm/hand and have this disconnected feeling. fingertips go numb or pin pricks.
I have recently had a blood panel done, nothing out of the ordinary. I take no meds (not even aspirin) because of my drug problem years ago.
I eat gluten free so my diet is mostly veggies, rice, non processed meats (at least try to avoid), dairy and fruits.
I am not anxious about the pain anymore, but its daily now and I am exhausted. A glass of wine helps a great deal but too much and the next day I feel like I'm being torn apart.
any suggestions on how to convince my doc (and HMO who keeps canceling referrals to physical therapy) to make the next move?
I suffered two pretty sever back injuries in the past which this pain seems to be originating from.