My spine from the lumbar region down is extremely painful when touched. I have had xrays and the doctors say that they can find nothing. I have had this problem for 10 years, but it has been noticably worse the past week. There is also sharp pain in the area when I lift heavy objects. It's almost like a burning sensation. The muscles either side of my spine are fine. It's only the spine it self that hurts. I have no pain or numbness in my legs. I have now missed 5 days of work because the pain is so severe I can't sit in the car to drive. Any ideas?
First of all, keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose you because I am unable to examine you, this forum is for educational purposes.
The symptoms and story that you provide are concerning, but non-specific. Pain to the touch in the spine area is concerning for arthritis, structural lesion, compression fracture, etc. It would be unlikely to be something very agressive (such as a tumor in the spine) since it has been going on for 10 years (bad problems generally progress much faster). You mentioned X-rays, but if you have not had an MRI of your lumbar spine with contrast, you need one. This will give you more information on what is going on. I would also recommend a bone scan, lumbar puncture (for inflammation and cytology) and some blood work including ANA, ESR, CRP, RF, alkaline phosphatase and a PSA (if male).
I hope this has been helpful.
Hi were they regular exrays or did they include an MRI. We all know lots of times things can be missed, but if it hurts that bad, please go to another doctor. Tell them you want a standing up MRI for the spine. It is fairly newer because they found that taking a standing/sitting MRI of the spine gives a much more detailed picture than when laying down. This makes the diagnosis of the spine better for some reason. Hope that helps
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.