vertebre tender to touch

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   Posted 10/15/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
When I push, not to hard, on the vertebre along my back they are tender.  Mostly in the lower cervical and thorasic area.  It is more pronounced on the right side and just curious if anyone else has this.  I don't have issues with lying on my back but I guess everything I lie on is padded too.  It is the vertebre itself not the muscle along it.
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   Posted 10/15/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, Jag, pretty much everywhere I press on my back hurts in some way, so I'm not sure what to tell you! I think there are lots of things that are at work with our backs - bone, muscle, ligaments, tendons, etc.

If it's something new, maybe you need to have your doc or a good PT check it.


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   Posted 10/15/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It's not new but will talk to my PM Tuesday when I see the doctor not the assistant. I know what you mean about the back hurting when touched though. My muscles & tendons hurt also but maybe it is just from the tight muscles that the vertebre hurt. Did some painting the last couple days and am paying dearly for it now. I didn't think I was overdoing it cause it was a small bathroom with tub, vanity, door so not alot of wall to paint. I used to do 10 times that much.
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   Posted 10/15/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag, if you touched my back I'd be flying..that's how sensitive my back lil touch would set off
a huge flair of pain..maybe ask to get an MRI done of your C-Spine...Hope you get a low pain day soon...
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   Posted 10/16/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Jag,

With the Cervical Fusion arm movements definitely could be causing the tender/painful area's.  Even though you think you didn't do probably did!  Reaching, bending, up and down movements with the arms, looking up etc.  Thats alot of movements!

TAKE care and I hope you feel better soon!




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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
You don't have Fibro do you? as these could be trigger points? I know I have places on my back right along the spine that if they are pressed on it will cause severe pain and the muscles near by to spasm. One time I went to a chiroquacker and he did accupuncture with electrical stimulation, on the needles, it was suppose to be some new thing. Anyway he left the room and I was suppose to get this treatment for 15 minutes, he left me with a red panic button to press if something went wrong, he was only gone a few minutes I pressed the button for all it was worth, he and his nurse came running in and I was tied up in knots looking like a prezzle or something. It took him several hours to get my muscles to quit spasming and get me where I was able to stand up half way straight! I never went back to him or ever had that done again! Anyway I think you need to get that checked out Jag but please be careful! You don't need to be made into a prezzle!

Good Luck to You, I hope you get feeling better!

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   Posted 10/16/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with Edt on this one, Jag. So many times we think we are not overdoing when we are. I know with me, I will not know I have those tender/sore spots until the dr touches me and you nearly come off the table. One of the longest running complaints I have had with my neck is at the base of my neck where you have that large bone, it stays sore all the time. Usually I have a tender shoulder too. Drs tell me its because of the herniations at C5-6 and C6-7. All I know is that area stays sore.

Get your dr to check this out if it does not get better.
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