My Doctor Thinks I'm Crazy

by Christi

I have suffered from both low back pain and pain between my shoulder blades for years. It all started when I was pregnant with my daughter about 4 years ago. I had intense heart burn during my pregnancy that has never gone away.

I have been to the ER because it was so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. About a year ago my lower back hurt so bad I could not move. Several doctor visits later and 2 different ER trips I was finally told it was my gallbladder.

But even in the hospital after my surgery I kept telling them I still had pain in my lower stomach area. And my acid reflux did not improve. I told them of the intense pain between my shoulder blades and they told me that was due to my gallbladder.

WELL... at first my low back pain and stomach pain and between my shoulder blades did improve slightly... but a few months later it was the same issues. Now a year later my doctor thinks I'm crazy and I have no relief.

I had to quit my job because my different back pains are so intense. I went to a chiropractor and he told me my hips are off by 30%. The x-rays between my shoulder blades show an S curve to it.

NOW to make matters worse LOL... my right hip can hardly move, especially in the morning. As the day goes on it seems to be coming from my lower hip area almost groin area.

I’m only 34. I cannot live like this and not function normally like I should be able to. I don’t know who to turn to anymore? I am overweight and have lost 20 lbs so far.

But when I try to exercise walk for extended periods of time I get intense cramps in my back and feel like shin splints, just from walking 20 mins. There have been times I thought I was going to literally fall over and not get up.

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Apr 12, 2012
Similiar and Same Pain Issues
by: Katie

I'm not sure how long ago you posted your story, but I am just coming across it today. I have the same thing started 6 years ago. I worked at a desk doing a lot of repetitive motion.

I have chronic pain in my thumbs (pinch grip)/ hands/ arms/ shoulder blades/neck. HORRIBLE BURNING PAIN! I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, and cubital tunnel surgery on left elbo. The numbness went away but the pain got worse!

I also fell on the beach (wet hard packed sand) and fractured my coccyx bone 5 years ago. I have lower back/ sciatic nerve/ hip/ iliopsoas pain. The newest sensation is feeling needles in the bottoms of both feet every time I stand up on them, even after sitting for a minute or 2.

I also have severe stinging pain when I "walk" my fingers along a diagonal line (maybe following a nerve) from the iliopsoas (bikini line area) down to my knee (in both legs).

I am 36 years old, I have one daughter who is 18 and I didn’t have any of this during her pregnancy or after. I also have had no gallbladder since 1999, which was long before this started as well.

I NEED HELP! Did you ever get any answers for your pain? If so, please update me!

Thank you!!


Apr 12, 2012
Forgot to Mention...
by: Katie

I just realized that I forgot to mention that I am 5'3" and I am overweight.

I weigh 181 lbs. I have gotten to this weight from the steroids that I was put on when this all started in April 2006 with the upper extremities.

I weighed 144 at the start of this. I also cannot exercise like I would like to because the lower extremities cannot take the pain that comes from too much walking, jogging, bike riding, etc.

I try to stand and stretch everything as much as possible, but I have trouble sleeping and seem to always be tired from no full night's sleep.


Apr 12, 2012
You're Not Crazy
by: Stephen from Lower Back Pain Answers

Hi Katie,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having such a hard time of it.

Problems with tightness and soreness in the muscles of the body - musculoskeletal dysfunction - can certainly be hard to detect using X-rays, MRIs, or other testing procedures like that.

These types of tests fail to assess the musculoskeletal system which can be a storehouse of pain.

It's very difficult to assess your case in a meaningful way by reading your narrative, but one thing jumps out as a starting point...

If you could confine your exercise to a pool then that would dramatically reduce the stress of being in gravity when exercising.

Attempting to exercise when you're heavier than you feel is right for you can be very stressful on the body.

But movement, and especially improvement of your flexibility, will likely be essential for you to resolve some of these problems.

By all means try to gently do some of the exercises on this site, but only if it feels comfortable to do so.

Do try to find a pool to swim in 3-5x each week. And, if possible, perhaps try to find a physical therapist who can give you some guidance in the water.

Best of luck,

Stephen @ LBPA

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