Muscle spasms anyone?
I have posted on a few other boards regarding my symptoms, but this is the first time I have posted here. I have a history of back pain and usually post on the back problems board, but recently my dr said that he is sending me to a neuro muscular specialist in attempts to diagnose what is going on. I have had MRI's of my entire back and they did find a degenerative disc in my lumbar spine that we thought could be causing my troubles, but now the drs do not think so. While it is somewhat painful, I have lived with it for almost 2 years in this state and was able to cope. It wasn't until last summer that I began having severe pain and it has been uncontrollable since. My symptoms are as follows:
-constant muscle spasm/cramps in mid and upper back, as well as around my ribs and abdominals making it difficult to sit or stand
-"loud" joints (pop a lot)
-discoloration of skin on my back
-night sweats, afternoon chills
-a few small twitching muscles through out body
-chemical and medicine allergies
I do realize that some of these symptoms are probably not symptoms, just quirks, but I am trying to think of everything that is going on in hopes it will ring a bell with someone. For my back pain I have had 3 rounds of PT, an epidural injection, facet joint injections, meds, massage, e-stim, and more. All of this seems to make it worse. I have seen a rheumatologist who ran 3 EXTENSIVE rounds of blood work for autoimmune disorders, all came back negative. In fact nothing ever shows in my bloodwork, ever. It is always perfect. I am currently on baclofen and soma. I have tried naprosyn, vioxx, ultram, darvocet, flexeril, robaxin, etc. Nothing is phasing this pain.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? What is a neuromuscular dr? What should I expect/look for? Any information is appreciated. I am so lost.
Thanks for reading,