Fierce, pounding, electric like pain
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hornetfan7777 posted:
First of all, I hope I am in the correct place. I have battled lower back pain for approx. 10 years. It has gradually gotten worse. But, about one and half years ago I began to have another pain. It happens when I sit down or lie down or sometimes when I turn over in bed. It begins at the base of my spine and travels up to my neck and back of head while also going around to my abdomen/chest. It is a pounding pain that takes my breath away. It feels like something is squeezing my ribs and heart areas. Thank God it does not last but at the most a few minutes and it does not happen every time I sit/lie down. But it is a horrible pain. I have already been diagnosed with very mild scoliosis (had it since I was a child), osteoarthritis, bulging discs, bone spurs, ddd, and that is all I remember right now. My pain dr. does not seem concerned. But, my husband says it is like my pleas are not registering with her. I do not know what I should do. No one seems to have heard of anything like this before. My usual back pain is bad enough to deal with day to day but this is too much. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this or knows someone who has? Any suggestions on what kind of dr. I should see? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thank you!
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bj1208 responded:
hi HORNETFAN777 and welcome to the support group -

what I would do is request that you be seen by either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist especially if it's been a while. Take all your medical records etc. A new MRI/CT Scan should be done if it's been more than a year since last one.

Be sure to explain everything that is going on and where. this way the spine specialist will be able to examine all areas.

when you sleep at night try using extra pillows - between your knees when sleeping on your side and under your knees when sleeping on your back this will help keep your spine more straight and should help with pains. Never, ever, sleep on your stomach as this adds to spine problems.

please keep us posted what you find out~~
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hornetfan7777 replied to bj1208's response:
Thank you for responding! I am current on the MRI/CT.

I will make an appt with the closest Spine Specialist.

I have used the pillows for years now and no way do I sleep on my stomach, believe me!!

Things such as those do sometimes ease what I call my "regular" back pain, but I have found NOTHING to curb the "electric" pain.

I recently started using a tens unit again. While using it, I was still having the "electric" pain.

You are very sweet to help me. I really appreciate it!! And I will return when I have news.

God Bless to you also.

Mary