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Over one year ago, I was very healthy and active (working out, going to gym 5 days a week) and was about 170lbs at the time. I have never really put on weight, at the time-- 170 was the heaviest I ever was.
Then, out of no where, I go to bed and the next morning I have severe mid back pain near T-5 on the spine more towards the right end. It is a stabbing feeling like a very sharp knife being inserted between the spinal vertebrae. I didn't lift anything to cause this pain either. I just woke up with it.
The following weeks I would have this pain every day without fail. The pain caused me to stop working out (so severe), I would only get 5-6 hours of sleep before I was woken up by the same pain. The pain only seemed to appear when I was immobile for an extended period of time (sleeping).
I started going to the doctor for this pain, I wanted to know what was wrong-- I was getting no sleep. My weight was 172 at the time the pain started. Over the course of 30 days, I went to the doctor 6-7 times.
My weight, in that one month, went from 172 to 191 just like that. The pain persisted in the same place and hasn't gotten any better even one year later (today). My weight is still 191lbs and the pain is still there.
I am at a loss as to what it could be. What could cause back pain and subsequently cause excessive weight gain so instantly? I have been to many doctors and have had a lot of tests run. I've had a CT, MRI, Bone Scan done and they show nothing but some slight inflammation in the collar bone and waist and 3 hemangiomas along the spine. (Which are harmless-- got them checked out).
My blood tests showed that I had the genetic marker for ankylosing spondylitis, but the doctors say that I don't show physical signs of having this yet.
I am a college student in my early twenties and I would love any help y'all could provide.
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