As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
"Depression hurts," say the Cymbalta commercials. Yes, it does, and antidepressants that, like Cymbalta, work to make more of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine available have also been shown to relieve pain.
My questions arise from my own experience. Although I was formally diagnosed with bipolar relatively late, I see symptoms going clear back to childhood. I began to have chronic pain in my early 20s, first in my neck and head, then crippling pain in my arms that finally moved to my mid and upper back. This was diagnosed, after 9 difficult years, as fibromyalgia. Then later I injured my low back and have had trouble with it ever since, while other areas of my back flare up periodically.
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Full Question: Please help this is critical to me! I am 20 years old and a male and I have been suffering with a headache at the top and lower left sides of the back of my head for months now. It just wont go away. It causes burning sensations, pins and needles, it can be throbbing or it can be dull but it is debilitating to say the least! Please tell me what you think this might be! I do have chronic sinus problems and I used to weight lift a lot, but after in a while as I am seeing a chiropractor for a neck and shoulder problem. Could this be an inflammation or something serious? My parents think I am paranoid but I cant go on any more without knowing! Thank you so very much, Garrett. Answer: Dear Garrett; You need to see a doctor. If you've seen one, and still don't have answers, go to another doctor. A chiropractor can offer valuable services, especially for skeletal problems, but you need to see a doctor who can rule out other issues and diagnose th...
Back pain - nonspecific
Low back pain
Pain in any part of the back
Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
Signs and tests
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm , but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine .
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