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

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 03, 2017 and last reviewed on: Apr 07, 2021

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.



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  • It is like spondylosis, both cervical and lumbar. It is a spine problem where you get pain and other symptoms due to compression of nerves between spine. So, it will cause symptoms along the course of nerves.
  • Do you have any history of trauma to your spine? Does this pain increases on neck movement? Is it associated with tingling, numbness and needles and pins sensation? If yes, then it further supports the diagnosis.
  • You need vitamin D level check, x-rays of the cervical spine and lumbar spine anteroposterior and lateral view and further may require MRI if x-rays are not informative.
  • The treatment for this is physiotherapy to release the nerve compression, traction, cervical collar, medicine and if none helps then surgery.
  • Till the time, I suggest you tablet Neurobion forte once a day, which is a nerve vitamin and Diclofenac gel for local application.
  •  Also, I suggest a nerve stabilizer like tablet Pregabalin 75 mg, which will stabilize the nerve and reduce pain. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take medicine with consent.
  • You need to visit an orthopedician for all these investigations and physiotherapist for learning exercises. Also, keep watch for other symptoms like thinning of limb or weakness in limbs.

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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?



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  • Spondylosis can explain all the pains, but this much extensive without any risk or trauma is bit unusual
  • Since you are having pain in each and every part of the body, also it began with a stressful situation, I would keep a possibility of psychological issues higher than spondylosis now.
  • Do you still have anxiety or depression or excessive stress in life? Do you have tenderness at all this site, especially on applying pressure?
  • The first possibility remains of fibromyalgia, and it can explain all your symptoms.
  • Regarding treatment, regular aerobic exercises and yoga are helpful. I suggest you Amitriptyline 10 mg bedtime which will also cover spondylosis, depressive symptoms and fibromyalgia. You can get it prescribed.
  • Also, neurological consultation should be done. The neurologist will assess both spondylosis and fibromyalgia.
  • There is no need to worry. Try to relax, and it does not appear to be a serious illness. You just need to take care of your mind. Do not think much about the illness and try to divert your mind to other things.

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