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Why wouldn't a doctors do further testing like xrays when I tell them I have shoulder and upper back pain even with physical therapy, pills, etc.?

Not necessary. For most back & joint pains, imaging like x-rays do not provide any more information than obtained through proper physical exam. Plus, it exposes you to unnecessary radiation and increases your cost. X-rays are really only good for fractures, dislocations, & other bony problems. Ct or MRI can give detailed info about muscles & nerves. But if it won't change the treatment, then what's the point? Read more...

Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Scoliosis . Continue therapy for 3-4 months and get into a healthy exercise routine. I recommend yoga. But first get examined by a physician. Read more...
Ligament weakness. The pt is making unstable ligaments more unstable and more painful. Prolotherapy can rebuild the ligaments and stop the pain permanently. Visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org to find out about and find a doctor to do prolotherapy on you. Read more...

I'm 39 & quit smoking 7 years ago. Had some blood in phlegm & doctor gave me z pack (blood gone). Chest X-ray clear but upper back pain. Scared!

CT of chest. If you are at high risk, a ct of your chest would be more definitive. At your age, though, I am not sure that your risk would be that high. Consult your doc. Read more...
Possible. Stop smoking forever get over the cold and bronchitis, and any pleurisy good about the xray get the back checked for back issues, unlikely lung related. If not improved in a couple of weeks consider ct scan. Read more...

Why do I have hands, lower arms, & upper back pain? Gone & back 3x /6 mos. Began in left pinky. Blood test good (-d). Eeg great. No xrays yet. Help:- (

See a rheumatologist. It is difficult to provide specific answers without being able to examine you. However, you should see a rheumatologist for the cause and best treatment options. Read more...
Spine vs Extremities. There is the possibility this arm pain could be coming from the neck, however the other options include peripheral nerve entrapments, carpal tunnel and ulnar tunnel syndromes. In order to narrow down the possibilities we would need more info. If concerned, please see your doctor to further evaluate you. Read more...