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Old 08-31-2011, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hard bump on back and spine

Well, it's always something, I guess. Yesterday while adjusting my swimsuit in preparation for water therapy I found a hard bump on my back just to the left of my spine and along about T12 level (where my 5 level fusion begins). Then last night I found another one directly on my spine, same area. They are hard to the touch, like bone or metal (OMG!) and not painful at all.

After trying unsuccessfully to get in to see my neurosurgeon immediately, I did get an appt for Sept. 8th.

There is also an "old" bruise just above it and I remember bumping myself on something here in the house and it really hurting at the moment, but that's all there was to it. Wonder what it is?

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Re: Hard bump on back and spine

Totally guessing here, but maybe they are trigger points. A trigger point is a "knot" in a muscle fiber. The fibers of a muscle are all supposed to run in one direction (think up and down, rather than cross-wise). When one particular part of the muscle fiber contracts too much, it forms a little ball that can feel rock-hard.

One interesting thing about about trigger points is that they cause referred pain. That is, they do not necessarily hurt right at the knot, but send out pain to other areas.

Maybe that's what your bumps are.

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