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Pain in both hips and both shoulder areas, lower back, right knee, upper and lower neck, and behind right scapula. Problems sleeping and a feeling of exhaustion all the time. Pain has been there for over a year.

By Anonymous October 27, 2011 - 8:13am
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neck area, and pain behind right scapula. Pain has been there for almost a year now. Taking ibuprofen 1600-2400 mg. per day. Ibuprofen doesn't help with right scapula pain. Visited a rheumatologist. MRI on lower back and hips indicated a slipped disc and the early signs of osteoporosis, bursitis and tendinitis. I'm 5 foot and weigh 105 lbs. I've already gone thru 12 session of physical therapy, but I'm still in pain. My mobility and movement is better, but not my levels of pain. Stretch exercising 3-4 times per day at
35-45 minutes per session.

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome to EmpowHER!

The good thing is that you do have a diagnosis for a lot of your pain issues and I know that a slipped disk can be terribly painful. Living with chronic pain is a horrible way to live so let's see what we can do to guide you.

Physical therapy can and does help (stretching is an excellent thing to do so keep that up) but P.T. does not always stop the pain. I have lumbar spondylosis and after 30 sessions I still have pain so some are lucky and others still have lingering pain.

Do you think your problems with sleeping are connected to your pain, anxiety or a combination of both? A sleep aid may help you (either over-the-counter or prescription) but remember to check against counter-indications with any other meds you may be on).

Relaxation techniques can also help - read more here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/relaxation-therapies

With regard to the pain in your scapula, have you had this looked into in terms of a fracture or sprain? Also, there may be a muscular or tissue problem. Have you figured out if it's the shoulder blades themselves or the surrounding tissue? This would impact treatment and should be discussed with your doctor.

Also, have your considered massage therapy? Acupuncture may also help. Are you on a modified diet or therapy for your bone thinning? That's crucial, especially with your other bone conditions.

Of course, we cannot diagnose - only suggest - but it seems your skeletal and muscular system is in trouble. There are so many reasons for this. I don't want to overwhelm you at all but here's a list (it's long) of what may be the case: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/conditions-and-diseases-skeletal-and-muscular-systems

I know it's long but you can click on any condition you chose to see if it may be applicable.

Also, consider joining one or more of our Groups for further advice, support and to swap stories with other women going through the same thing! I've suggested some below:

Muscles: http://www.empowher.com/groups/Muscles
Arthritis: http://www.empowher.com/groups/rheumatoid-arthritis
Osteoporosis: http://www.empowher.com/groups/osteoporosis

I hope this information helps and thanks for writing!

October 27, 2011 - 10:37am
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