waking up with back/spine pain?? Help?

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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
For the last couple of months, I've been waking up with horrid pain in my upper left back under the shoulder blade, moving down to under the rib cage near my spine. I wake up and it is so stiff and painful and lasts all day. I just saw my rheumy and he asked some questions and said we may do an MRI at some point, gave me Voltaren Gel, which works just a bit. Told me to take my pain pills, MTX and he would see me in three months.  At some points, I can feel it in the front of my shoulder (collar bone) it feels like a sharp pinching feeling. This is miserable and something new. If I sit in a chair and try to turn to the left it is painful and impossible.  Anyone else?

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   Posted 6/29/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I am so sorry for your pain. Maybe you should go to your general doctor and see what he says, you can't go on in that pain for another 3 months without knowing what it is. It may not even be related to the RA and something totally different - not that you need anything else to worry about, but I'm just saying it could be.

Hope you get some relief soon.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, see a chiropractor, but BE SURE to tell them you have Rheumy. From your description I gather thoughts of when I was like that. I have inflamed muscles that pinched the nerves and I was out of alignment. A muscle relaxer and adjustments fixed me right up.
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   Posted 6/30/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
gee doesn't sound like an RA problem to me either...

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   Posted 6/30/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Definately get a second opinion, I've been suffering from neck problems and naturally thought it was the RA but a neck physio sorted me out really quickly. Sometimes we blame our disease when it might be frm othersources?
Goodluck, how have you been Momto? You haven't been around for so long? I was hoping this was good news, meds working and busy with normal activites?
Hope this resolves soon, golitho

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   Posted 7/1/2010 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Golitho! How have you been?? Things have been going pretty well here, it is summer and I've been continuing on my Spring cleaning binge, even though it is now Summer, and hope to get started on painting our house, we are in need of some sprucing :-)
I had a dexa scan this afternoon, and found out that I have Osteoporosis (-2.7) of all things, not osteopenia, which I would have expected and settled for, but osteoporosis of all things. At my check up a few weeks back it was decided because of the MTX etc that it was best to get checked just to get a base line. So I'm hoping, to get on to a different RA med, and not have to start using one of those bone medications that I see advertised on the television. I try to limit the meds when possible, and I'm just not ready for that one!!! But on the bright side, at least I might know why my spine hurts at times.
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