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My upper back betweeny shoulder blades hurts bad. its a constant numb/burning pain. my neck hurts. and my ribs hurt on the bottom of both sides and my?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Rheumatoid Disorder: At your age of 22, if you do not have a history of spine trauma or repetitive stress to the area, it sounds like you may have a rheumatolgical disorder. The typical ones at your age may be scheuermann's disease, ankylosing spondilitis or even diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Either way to be really sure you may want to see a rheumatologist if your primary doc hasnt figured it out yet.
Dr. Paul Rosen
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
Neck pain: Pain that is severe and burning that affects muscles and joints can be seen with pain amplification syndromes. These are conditions where excessive nerve activity can cause widespread severe pain. Diagnostic testing typically is normal. Treatment typically consists of rigorous physical therapy if cleared by your doctor. Patients with pain syndromes often report more pain as stress increases.

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Last updated Nov 22, 2016

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