Thoracic issues 3 incorrect referrals and still no progress

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I have had thoracic spine issues for the last three years have seen numerous physio' s privately and an me scan yet still no furthur forward with a diagnosis. I went back to my GP for help as I was spending a fortune, he has since referred me to numerous triage clinics to be told my symptoms dont meet there criteria to finally thinking 8 was getting somewhere today, where I have been to see a neurologist. However he has also now told me my symptoms dont relate to any issues he would be looking for, as well as him also confirming my scan to be all ok.

Please anyone what can be coursing my symptoms of intense stiffness in my thoracic aswell as radiating trickling hot water to the left and to the right of my spine. This has been consistent for three years mainly brought on by putting my arms out in front such as cooking, cutting the lawn, holding my child ect. This is getting me down and at the age of 29 do not see a way forward

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    Leigh,

    Have you had an MRI?

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      Hi, sorry yes I have had an mri which didn't show anything untoward to the neurologist. He as asked me to go back to my GP for furthur investigation. I just can't see a way forward with having two referrals rejected at two different triage clinics, i feel as if i am going mad

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    Hi.  Are you physically active?  Do you exercise?  Are you fit?  I ask because sometimes being unfit can contribute to back problems.  Poor posture or incorrect movement patterns can also be culprits.  Muscle imbalances are often the cause for back problems.  If any of these apply to you, perhaps you can look into a certified personal trainer - specifically one who specializes in corrective exercise.  They would be able to assess your movement patterns to discern which muscles are overused and which ones are weak, as well as other musculoskeletal imbalances.  They would work with you to corrects such imbalances.  I've found that a qualified corrective exercise specialist is more effective than a physical therapist, as they take the entire musculoskeletal system into consideration, as opposed to working to correct only one area of the body.  It's amazing how having one area out of whack can affect the entire body.  An NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist is who I would recommend.

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      Many the is for the reply. Yes good question I am very fit and thats the thing I dont understand, i am very active yet have got this issue which comes and goes on a daily basis. I am holding out to see what my GP comes up with however i have found a NASM qualified personell trainer in my area so this is an option. My GP in the meantime has given me naproxen for pain relief untill he decides where I should be referred too. I honestly don't think they have a clue what to do with me

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      Make sure your trainer is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, if possible.  If not, at least an NASM certified trainer should know the basics about muscle imbalances and improper movement patterns.  Please keep me posted.  I hope you find some relief soon.
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    All I know is that when I feel the hot water trickle in my legs, another patch on my legs goes numb for good.  To me it has always represented an associated nerve 'burning out or signing off' which is purely my own interpretation.  I cannot have an MRI as I have a non-MRI friendly pacemaker would you believe?  I have been told that I likely have a trapped nerve in the lower vertebrae and to come back if the numbness increases to where it impedes me in any way.  What they will do then I cannot guess....  You are not going mad - back problems are so diverse and hard to diagnose, you can only keep going as problems present themselves - you are not the doctor - it is up to them to keep trying to find the cause.

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    What the doctors should be telling you is that they don't see anything in those X-rays and MRIs. That does not mean that there's not something there they're missing. Or something that's there but not showing up on the diagnostic testing. You would do yourself a world of good if you can somehow come to grips with the fact that you may not ever have a name for your pain. If you've been suffering from this for 3 years already it is likely not an organ issue or something that is lethal. So your goal from here out should be how to managing your pain. How you choose to do that is up to you and your doctor. I will send you a personal email with some suggestions on where you can start. That way this comment will not be monitored out.

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      amkoffee:  I like your advice as I feel this applies to my own problems where I cannot get a specific diagnosis, even though it is proven I have numb patches in my legs and I daily take painkillers to get around with the back pain.  So do send a copy of your email on pain management to me also, as I feel this is probably the only present solution I may have. after about three years also.
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