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  • Fibromyalgia and herniated discs

    21 posts, 14 voices, 3724 views, started Sep 8, 2008

    Posted on Monday, September 8, 2008 by Shirley Bullock

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    • Amethyst
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      Any one else have fibromyalgia or herniated discs?



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          Cheryl Guy wrote Sep 8, 2008
        • I have 3 bulging disks in my neck from a car accident. I am pretty fortunate though, I can control it most of the time with exercises I learned in therapy. I take mega doses of Ibuprofen when needed and it usually does the job. Once I had to be taken to the emergency room and get stronger drugs (morphine & valium). My neurologist said I can take up to 1000mg of ibuprofen & it is less harsh & safer than taking prescription pain killers.



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          Deb Link wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • I have a “bulging” disc in the T8-T9 area.  I also have alot of cervical issues.  Alot of the info I have read has shown that there are a large percentage of people with back/disc issues that develop FM.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • You are not alone.  I was diagnosed in January 2008 with  bulging discs (L-2, L-3, L-4, L-5, S-1) and advanced degenerative disk disease.  In March 2008, I was diagnosed with having fibromylagia.  In April, 2008, I was diagnosed with having an enlarged right thyroid with nodules.  Although, my thyroid blood work is within “normal” range so I have not been given any medication for the thyroid.  The symptoms of fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism are VERY similiar.  

          It is very frustrating having my health decline suddenly this year.  My life has changed drastically and I miss being active and working outside the home.  

          My methods for pain relief are not traditional medicine, but rather alternative medicine.  I want the least amount of side effects as possible and I take a wide variety of supplements.  Moist heat and hot baths are helpful in reducing pain so I use this method often.  An excellent book to read is called “FROM FATIGUED TO FANTASTIC” by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. and I highly recommend it.



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          Mayra Braselton wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • My goodness Kristy!! I’m praying for you right now! I’m so sorry that you have to endure this.  Just know that you are not alone.  God is with you, and so are my prayers.

          Blessings,
          Mayra



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          Mayra Braselton wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • You are right! There is a lot of back issues these days. What I don’t get is how some can take nothing for it, and others are completely bedridden, and NOT by choice.

          Mayra
          bulging discs w/fissures in L-3,4,and 5



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          Victor Igumnov wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • Yes, I had a herniated disk, the disk was putting pressure on my sciatic nerve. I was literally disabled for 6 months due to pain. Took insurance 6 months! to get my operation authorized. Since the operation, I am healthy as a whistle.  

          I did try alternative medicine such as acupuncture. However my case was a bit severe where that did not help much.

          So I really feel for you ladies who have back issues. Worst pain ever.



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          Queenbee wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • Put me down in the fibromyalgia group. Ugh - I caught myself whining tonight telling my husband I am so sick and freaking tired of being in pain all of the time. I’m so sorry for you and your back problems.  Are you getting any pain relief at all?



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          Shirley Bullock wrote Sep 22, 2008
        • I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since 1996. Have since herniated every disc in my spine, and I have a cervial hemanginoma. Arthritis takes care of my knees and shoulders so I am a mess. I started out as a nursing assistant when I was seventeen and worked my way up to a LPN. All those years of lifting and tugging I guess. I started vocational rehab and went to school for a history teacher because I wanted off disability so badly and lo and behold I was hit from behind, not a large wreck but enough to finish off those last discs, stop me from going to school and pretty much from any kind of life. Car insurance just looks at the size of the accident and not the straw that litterally broke the camel’s back.



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          Cheryl Guy wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • bonpetitepoodle-
          All I can say is.... THAT SUCKS! I will start praying for a healing miracle for you! So have you found another occupation that is suitable for you? I want to go back to school and am going to look into taking online courses. Is that an option for you?



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          Jennadahhling wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • bonpetitepoodle-  I was dx with fibro in 94, have 6 bulging discs, spinal and facet arthropathy and I lived in a fog of painkillers and muscle relaxers.  I no longer work because of the pain exacerbating from dental hygiene. When things get bad, I lay down and put ice packs in the worst areas and pray, rest ,read, doze, and take advil ONLY until I can continue.  You will be in my prayers, also a daily walk helps me function.
          ~jenna



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • Jenna, did you apply for social security disability?  How do you financially manage? How long do you walk and does it aggravate the fibromyalgia?  For six months, I have been going the “natural route” rather than traditional medicine.  I have not had positive responses from pain killers or traditional medicine.  Instead, I take DL-Phenylalanine, which is a natural pain relief and 5HTP, which is for fibromyalgia & depression.  I use a moist heating pad to soothe the achy muscles or a nice hot bath to soak in!



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          Deb Link wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • From a place of experience I would like to say go natural if you can!  Adding a chemical into the picture only adds more symptoms of another variety....at least it does for me.  My body responds better to natural.  I have been very desperate at times however and done the rx things.  In fact I am still taking Tramadol for the pain.  The only prob with this med is that you have to stay ahead of the pain. Take the med profalacticly.  Once the pain sets in hard....forget it, I’m in for the long haul and it ain’t pretty.



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          Shirley Bullock wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • Thank you all for your kind comments, I did get disability but 600 dollars a month is well you know hard to live on. People think you get these big checks from the government, they are dead wrong. I have to close my eyes and thank God for that though, I could have nothing. I don’t take pain killers except for etodolac. I had some dental work that went bad and the dentist said most patients come back in within 2 to 3 days.....I went almost a month because I can’t tell what is acute pain that needs now attention since I am in pain all the time. I tried the online classes and I am a lecture learner, plus I had dial up and couldn’t download my classes. I am hoping to try again in 2009 sometime. Oh know what stinks......the honor society invited me to join, ha physcially and financially I can’t.....I would have given my eye teeth for that 3 years ago.



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          Arial68 wrote Sep 29, 2008
        • I was diagnosed with a herniated disk at L5 about a year ago.  Even though I don’t have severe pain, I am so stiff in my lower back region that I feel as though I can’t exercise and my back aches every morning when I wake up. Does anyone with a herniated disk experience the stiffness that comes with it and how do you counteract that.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
          Arial



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          Rena Bennefield wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Hay all..I feel your pain..I was told in 1984 that I had Fibromyalgia. Back in those days it was a mystery to the medical field..I was draged from one head shrink to another..at one point I was on 14 diffrent meds..I lost a whole year of my life being in a drug induced stupor..I lost countless numbers of jobs..It has been hell..At the time I was told that I had every trigger point..Well I have twice as many now..As for the disc problem I am going to see a Nuro. Dr. at University of Kentucky tomorrow at 11am..I also have spurs on the  site cutting through in to my spine and hitting a nerve..Mine are at L4-L5..It is good to be able to talk to others who know your pain..



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          Ann Gourieux wrote Oct 28, 2008
        • I have fibromyalgia and disc herniations throughout my spine.  3 back surgeries (two failed) and two neurostimulators implanted.  20 yrs of this and not any better



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          Janis Vinci wrote Nov 3, 2008
        • I also have 3 herniated disc in my neck and have been dealing with that for 2 years tried everything but an operation. I have a degerenated disc in my lower back and have Arthritis in my feet and wrists. I am having a bone marrow biospy on Wednesday as I white blood cells are very high and the doctor want to check for cancer. Please keep me in your prayers



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          Ann Gourieux wrote Nov 3, 2008
        • I have herniated disks in all three sections of my spine, two fusions, cervical and lumbar



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          Lovemykids2 wrote Nov 3, 2008
        • Hi,
          I have fibromyalgia and can relate to the pain.
          I decided to look into ultimate nutrition for my body and can’t thank the person who referred me to this product. I want to spread the word about this miracle mix so everyone can experience the same pain free symptoms I am experiencing.
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          Thanks
          Nancy



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          Cheryl Guy wrote Nov 10, 2008
        • janis51- you are in my prayers. hope everything went well and you have good news!



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