HomeAnswersInternal Medicinecervical spondylosisWhat can cause shooting pain all over the body?

Please explain the reason for shooting pain all over my body.

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Published At February 3, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My problem started with pain in my lower back and buttock, and then it moved to my lateral thigh on both sides. So, it is difficult to sleep on either side. I also started experiencing neck and shoulder pain. Now, I feel pain in my arms, back, neck, shoulder, etc. I do not know what could be causing this. My last general blood test a month ago was all right. Also, I was recently diagnosed with gallstones.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears that your condition resembles spondylosis, affecting both the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. This condition involves pain and other symptoms stemming from nerve compression within the spine. The resulting symptoms are typically felt along the path of the affected nerves.

To gain a comprehensive understanding, consider if there's been any history of spinal trauma. Does the pain intensify with neck movement? Are you experiencing tingling, numbness, or a pins and needles sensation? If so, these symptoms further support the diagnostic possibility.

I recommend a vitamin D level assessment, along with anteroposterior and lateral x-rays of both the cervical and lumbar spine. If these x-rays don't yield sufficient information, an MRI might be necessary.

The treatment approach involves physiotherapy to alleviate nerve compression, potential use of traction and a cervical collar, medications, and in severe cases, surgery may be considered. In the interim, I suggest taking Neurobion Forte tablet daily for nerve support, using Diclofenac gel for localized relief, and incorporating a nerve stabilizer like Pregabalin 75 mg to manage and diminish pain. It's crucial to consult a specialist doctor, discuss your situation, and only proceed with medication under their guidance and consent.

Arranging visits to an orthopedician for investigations and a physiotherapist to learn appropriate exercises is recommended. Keep an eye out for any additional symptoms like limb thinning or weakness.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

No, I have not had any trauma. My problem started during a stressful time in my life. Does this explain shooting pain all over my body? It is like pain just moving randomly through my fingers, toes and every part of my body. Also, my vitamin D level was low before, and I was placed on supplements. When I checked last month, it was 75 that is above average. Could it be low again? Does it deplete fast?

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com. While spondylosis could explain various pains, the extensive nature of your discomfort without any identifiable risk or trauma does raise some unusual aspects. Given that your pain seems to encompass nearly all parts of your body and originated during a stressful period, it might be prudent to consider psychological factors as a higher possibility than spondylosis at this juncture.

It's important to assess whether anxiety, depression, or significant stress still factor into your life. Are there tender areas in these regions, particularly when pressure is applied?

Fibromyalgia remains a key possibility, as it could comprehensively account for your symptoms. In terms of treatment, engaging in regular aerobic exercises and practicing yoga can prove beneficial. I recommend considering Amitriptyline 10 mg at bedtime, which can address not only potential spondylosis-related symptoms but also those associated with depression and fibromyalgia. This medication should be prescribed by a healthcare professional.

Additionally, seeking a neurological consultation is advisable. A neurologist can thoroughly evaluate both the potential spondylosis and fibromyalgia aspects of your condition.

It's important to maintain a sense of calm; there's no need for excessive worry. Remember, your condition doesn't seem to be indicative of a serious illness. Focusing on your mental well-being is crucial. Try to redirect your attention away from your ailment and engage in other activities to ease your mind.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology

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