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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain
Question: stabbing midback pain with no strength?
|amelia4 - Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:58 pm||
I am 35 y/o female; great health; mother of four children all with epidurals.
Past 3 years I've had a consistant low back pain, no strength at all, can't arch my lower back (below epidural). I've been on anti-inflammatories and they keep pain at bay most of the time.
Recently, I've had a stabbing, burning sensation "like someone is poking a rod in my spine" in my mid back. I can no longer stand straight? Severe pain. This however has been going on for 3 weeks. A recent xray revealed slight "compression fracture" also arthritis in All vertebrae.
I've been redirected to a spine doctor for a diagnosis and help. With in this past week also. my armpit has gotten sore. Deep and painful. There is no infection, ingrown hair. There are no lumps but I do believe it is swollen. Could all of this be related and should I have this checked sooner than my 2 week waiting period for the specialist?
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed May 30, 2007 4:40 pm||
I suspect that the back and armpit are not related. The back pain can certainly be caused by a compression fracture. You may also need to have some imaging of your back such as an MRI to better look for any spinal cord impingement.
Regarding the armpits, there are many lymph nodes in that region. If they become swollen or inflamed they can produce axillary swelling and pain. They can become swollen for several reasons, most commonly while fighting of an infection. Cancerous nodes tend not to be painful.
When you follow up with your doctor about your back I would recommend you mention your armpit issues. If the pain worsens or you notice things seem to be getting worse I would recommend you be seen sooner.
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