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Old 02-05-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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SO FRUSTRATEd...anyone have grinding in back and what is it?

Hey guys,
I just wanted to ask if anyone else has grinding anywhere in their spine, either feeling it or hearing it? I am so incredibly frustrated with my back. I'm 21 years old and 2 1/2 years ago I was hit with severe pain out of nowhere. Since that time I've been diagnosed with compression fractures in T6, T7, and T8, Scheurmanns Disease, arthritis and DDD in thoracic, and herniated L3-4 and L4-5 that an EMG showed nerve damage. I am so confused becasue I never had an injury, accident, or anything. Every doctor I have seen has told me that there is no reason I should have these problems. I have had constant pain ever since that one day, and I have done everything...PT, pain management, ESIs, chiro....nothing helps. I am in school and I am dropping out in 2 weeks because I am in too much agony. WHAT DO I DO???? And what the heck is this grinding from?? It is so loud people can hear it all the way across the room; it scares me because I always picture bones or discs or something just grinding away little by little. Anyone have any idea what it is or what can be done? The last surgeon I saw said he would do thoracic fusion if I wanted since I've been in pain for so long, but he didn't recommend it. Is there ANYTHING out there that will ever help other than that? Thanks, Jen

 
Old 02-05-2005, 07:37 PM   #2
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[COLOR=Magenta]hola, i to have the grinding in my thoracic spine and it is frustrating. i asked the nurse practitioner at my pain magmt appt and she said it was the arthritis i have. man that sure did freak me out. i am only 29 and feel 99. having pain in this area of the back is so hard to deal with. my shoulders hurt and the muscle between my spine and shoulders kill me. i have had trigger point and nerve burning in the area and that does little if any relief. man girl i sure know how you feel. massage was recommended but thats hard to go have done with no money so my mom comes and does it for me. all my pain started after a car acc. in 94 right before i graduated h.s then it just got worse over time and the ironic thing about it is that after h.s i worked for a chiropractor. i injured myself there 2 times over the 6 yrs i worked there. isn't that crazy. i now live in chronic pain and have been dx with fibromyalgia which was very scary for me. that was the last thing i wanted to hear but was kind of glad to finally have a dx. i now take norco, soma, resteril, lexapro and effexor daily. it sucks. pain sucks . i also try and do yoga at least 4 times a week and that helps somewhat.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=Magenta]well i hope this helps i little but get to me. it feels good to talk about it and have support when you feel like this.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=Magenta]your new friend, robin(girl75)[/COLOR]

 
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Old 02-05-2005, 11:43 PM   #3
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Re: SO FRUSTRATEd...anyone have grinding in back and what is it?

Hi there,
I know what your talking about, sort of. I suffer from SPondylolisthesis, scaitica, lumbar lordosis and pars fracture. One of the ways I used to describe my pain and symptons was a "grinding feeling". That explanation never really got me anywhere and with all the above problems I wouldn't be able to determine what it's from. I would go to the doctor. You need a good spine specialist. Like me you are very young and dropping out of school is very unfortunate. Be aggressive when you see your doctor and tell them that something has to be done. Have you considered surgery? This is obviously ruining your life and if you've tried everything else then I think that's your next step. Good luck and please let me know how things go. Take care of yourself. Kristy.

 
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Re: SO FRUSTRATEd...anyone have grinding in back and what is it?

If you are feeling and hearing a grinding sound anywhere in the spine,the most likely cause is a bone on bone issue somewhere along the column.It definitely needs further looking into.marcia
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[COLOR=Indigo]hey jen just wondering how you were doing. get back soon. robin(girl75)[/COLOR] :

 
Old 02-07-2005, 03:02 PM   #6
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Me
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Bone on bone more less I think is my complaint.
Its sickening innit

 
Old 02-07-2005, 07:26 PM   #7
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Hey
thanks for getting back to me! it is sickening to me and it does feel very much like bone on bone I guess. I don't understand how people can live like this. I am so depressed just thinking about the rest of my life in constant pain. I don't think I can do it anymore. I am dropping out of school because I really need to get back into pain management. I take percocet but it doesn't even touch it anymore. I am seriously considering fusion now that it really is ruining my life but I am really terrified of that operation and the effects of it. Robin or kristy, did you ever have problems with pain management becasue you are "so young"??? That is my biggest problem. nobody will prescribe for me or do anything for me because I am "so young." they seem to think because I am 21 it is not possible for me to feel pain or something. meanwhile i am putting my entire life on hold trying to get someone to just help me with the pain! it is so frustrating. anyway, thanks for responding and i wish you guys all the best! ~Jen

 
Old 02-07-2005, 08:55 PM   #8
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[COLOR=DarkRed]you know what jen my pain magmt. doc does give me a hard time about prescibing stronger pain meds. it is frustrating. he says i am young too. i do try yoga and that helps a little. i have also had injections nerve burning but nothing seems to last. as i sit hear and type i am moving around and cracking all over the place. in public i start adjusting my mid back and neck and people probably think i am a weirdo. it has gotten to be such a bad habbit but it costantly feels like my back needs to be popped. anyway get back to me soon. robin[/COLOR]

 
Old 02-08-2005, 09:26 AM   #9
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hiya i to am very young i am only 21 and suffer from chronic pain mine all happend 2 years ago when i was sent to prison for a crime i didnt even do british justice sucks anyway while in there all i could do was go to the gym so i started working out doing squatts and runnin then the one time i couldnt get the weights up anhd they fell on me anyway i didnt think anything of it didnt hurt me so i just plodded on then later that night i fell of my bunk bed in my cell n landed on my bum and to finish it all off my cell mate grabbed me by the testicle and yanked it i then went to bed to wake in the morning with excruitiating pain in my testicle and groin n partially back over the months my pain moved to my lower left side of my back where it now lives and occassionaly travels down my leg to my foot the prison staff told me to stop imagineing the pain i was perfectly healthy go back to my cell and stop moaning so for 9 months i suffererd the pain day in day out my pain now feels like my two vertabre are sitting on top of one anouther and the slightest jolt and i have a grinding feeling just like a pinching sensation in my back it has been two years now and i still havent been diogniosed i am so fed up it was enough just going to prison without all this happening my life has fell apart my familly all broke up and left while i was in prison and i have no 1 now and all my doctor keeps doing is fobbing me off i have hade a lot of accidents in the past and was never cheacked out afterwards i fell 7floors out of an appeartment window knocked over twice landed on a wall with my back arched so it could be anthing that has done this to my back it is natural for the body to hurt when somthings wrong so take no buts of the doc and start demanding and while your on this board your never alone

 
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[COLOR=Purple]man ajd, you have had quite a tough life. your back seems to take the short end of the stick to huh?? i thought i was bad for being only 29 and having such bad pain. do you have any sort of insurance or are you able to qualify for any type of low-income health insurance. i have medicaid which is for low income people and with out that i would not know what i would do.. i have an option of doctors at least so if i am not satisfied with one i can pick another one. it sounds like maybe you need a new doctor. one that will listen to you. have you had x-rays or anything like that, an MRI??? i am so sorry for all your hard times and troubles. take it easy and try and get better because your health is so important. if i had the pain you have at your age i wouldnt know what i would have done. i was so busy partying and having the time of my life. good luck and keep in touch. i know i am only 29 but i have been through so much sh** . BE SRONGE. ROBIN(girl75)[/COLOR]

 
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Wish I had an answer for you, but I have all the same things you have & nothing has helped me yet either. They don't like to operate on the thoracic area, it's so close to the heart & is too risky. I'm in constant daily pain & can't do anything, go anywhere, been this way since Oct.
The massages help & the ultra sound, but not much else.

 
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