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    Old 09-24-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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    Burning in upperback pain??

    I am at a loss for what this might be? I have this burning in my upper back. It's up toward the top and in between the shoulder blades. I feel the pain right through to my sternum in the bone.. and sometimes around my ribs and breasts. No, burning in the front though. I have had every cardio test in the book excpet for a cath.. and minus a few benign palps, everthing looks fine there.. so they are saying it's NOT heart related. I've also had my Gallbladder and panceras checked.. both healthy. so ***.. is this? It scares me. and it's worse when I sit and type at the computer. I don't get it. It went away over the summer then came back in Sept. I do take yoga.. just started that. And saw a chiro and that made it worse. Even massage can make it flair up. It's like cronic pain. Can anyone relate?

     
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    Old 09-24-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

    Pain in that area can be associated with problems in the cervical spine. You may want to see your physician who may start with x-rays and if symptoms persist perhaps a cervical MRI.
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    Old 09-24-2009, 09:57 AM   #3
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

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    Pain in that area can be associated with problems in the cervical spine. You may want to see your physician who may start with x-rays and if symptoms persist perhaps a cervical MRI.
    I had xrays . It showed I have some arthritis and some osteophetes (sp) Can that cause the pain? No fractures or buldging discs. And my doc will not order an MRI. Says I have had enough tests. He's a real jerk!

     
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

    An xray can not who any disc problems and/or nerve impingement. I think it's time for a new doctor. Or, if your health insurance allows you to see a specialist without a referral see if you can get an appointment with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon. BUT, some OSS and NS won't see a patient until there is an MRI with results available so a new primary care doc may be what you need to move forward.
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    Old 09-24-2009, 11:16 AM   #5
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

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    An xray can not who any disc problems and/or nerve impingement. I think it's time for a new doctor. Or, if your health insurance allows you to see a specialist without a referral see if you can get an appointment with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon. BUT, some OSS and NS won't see a patient until there is an MRI with results available so a new primary care doc may be what you need to move forward.
    Well I can tell you this much. The primary care docs in my area stink! They see a woman who has 3 small kids coming and seem to dismiss everything to anxeity and stress, and reccomend taking pills. I don't by it. and I feel lost. I will say that the cardio and EP cardio docs are great and have taken me in a very serious fashion. Plus, I this is my second primary care doc, I switched to him over the winter. I'm wondering if I should go back to the first chiro I tired. He made mention of a soft tissue study. Would that show where the pain might be coming from?

     
    Old 09-24-2009, 12:39 PM   #6
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

    As SpineAZ said, you cannot see disc herniations/problems from an Xray. So if your doctor told you that your discs were ok, he is a bad doctor in my opinion.

    I am a mom of 2 very young children. My back pain started 2 months after giving birth to my son. I was 31. All doctor blamed my pain on being a new mom and lifting the baby. It got worse. I got pregnant again.VERY long story and 2 surgeries later.... I am left with permament nerve damage and have the spine of a 70 yr old! Eventually they took me serious, but I had to keep on all the doctors to order tests.

    My back issues are my lower spine, but I know if I ever had an MRI of my upper back and cervical area I am sure they would find some problems. I was rear-ended in my car when I was a teen. After that I started getting a burning pain right on a bone in my upper back/neck. The only relief was to push on it. I would get this mostly when sitting. I would have epidodes of it hurting pretty bad and then nothing at all.

    Anyway, I think it might be possible that this is a spine issue and you really do need an MRI to confirm a problem. I HIGHLY recommend you bring someone else with you to the doctors. I just brought my husband to my pain doctor and finally he reallty listened to me and I am feeling so much better now. It really helps to have another person there explaining how bad you are really feeling.

    Best of luck to you.
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    Old 09-28-2009, 04:41 PM   #7
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

    I have the same? problem at bra level which is a facet joint with nerve impingement, have become disabled because of it as like you it is set off by arm movement. Washing up, hands above head, chopping food, ironing...can't do these things but can drive, mow the grass etecetera. It is ruining my life and I can't even advise you, except that you do need an MRI and a Neurologist will generally refer you for that. Good luck, I myself am off to the pain clinic soon where the questions are greatly annoying like Are you suicidal???? Well, no, but I am within a couple of months of losing my house if someone doesn't do something.

     
    Old 09-29-2009, 03:31 AM   #8
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    I have the same? problem at bra level which is a facet joint with nerve impingement, have become disabled because of it as like you it is set off by arm movement. Washing up, hands above head, chopping food, ironing...can't do these things but can drive, mow the grass etecetera. It is ruining my life and I can't even advise you, except that you do need an MRI and a Neurologist will generally refer you for that. Good luck, I myself am off to the pain clinic soon where the questions are greatly annoying like Are you suicidal???? Well, no, but I am within a couple of months of losing my house if someone doesn't do something.
    First off NO!! I am in NO was suicidal And my pain is in the upper back. Burning in the rhomboid muscle area. It even hurts in my breasts and come into the front mostly arond my pecs and into the strenum. They are telling me it's NOT my heart.. but I have a hard time buying that. As it sounds like Angina to me. I have a follow up with my cardio doc in the am.. and after him I see a pain management speicalist. I want answers. I should not feel like this at 40.. and in good health otherwise. I have a famliy history of Angina.. grandma had that and CAD.. as my mom had a mild MI at 60.. Aslo come to find out her father had a mild MI in his 50's. I'm scared!!

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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

    I think there are a couple things that need to be ruled out for you. One is your cervical spine, then your thoracic spine - somewhere around T5-7 can make you hurt like you describe, you might have a slight bulge. The other is I get pleural effusions around my lungs, even though they are small - when they get there I get pressure in my chest and heart. An xray can detect even tiny pleural effusions. Lastly is there any possibility that you have any kidney swelling? Sometimes that can push up on the surround structures and cause pressure/pain.

     
    Old 10-01-2009, 04:00 AM   #10
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    Re: Burning in upperback pain??

    I've had xrays of my upper back and it read that I have some degenerative disc disease and some ostophytes(sp) were seen. I believe my kidneys are just fine. I saw a pain specialist and shes trying to tell me it's a posture thing with somanitization disorder mixed in. I'm not sure I'm buying that, but what ever. NO one will order a MRI of my thoratic spne.

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