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bpcookie posted:
Hello everyone, I am new here.

Ive had back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain for 3 yrs. Had two MRI's done and also multi X-rays and was diag. as having scoliosis and in the neck I have slipped discs, arthritis and thinning of a disc and thats what was causing me so much pain. My pain has now spread to my tail bone, the upper part of my arms and the shoulder area where it attaches to my arm. I saw my pain specialist today and he told me that if my pain continues, then it could turn into Fibro. My question is, can you develop Fibro even if you have have pain caused by the things I mentioned? Has anyone had a similar prob.? Does that make sense?

He said he isnt going to label me as having Fibro, but he is putting me through a Fibro treatment plan. Im just ssssoooo confused.
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1wareaglefan responded:
Hey, BPCookie.....My situation is very similar to the way yours sounds. I started out with back and neck disc problems, arthritis, thinning, bone spurs, etc. Then I started noticing my arms were hurting for no apparent reason, my shoulders, then over time my legs and buttocks started hurting.

Finally I went to a rheumatologist who did blood work and the tender point exam. He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. So to answer your questions....yes, yes, and yes!

I'd want to know if I had fibro, just for my own peace of mind. Keep coming here and reading to see how others are managing their symptoms. You can get a lot of information and encouragement here.

Let us know how you're doing, ok? Good luck and God bless!
Elizabeth
 
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fibroinsd responded:
Hi and welcome. Well, it sounds like you have a lot to deal with, but I am not so thrilled with the way your doctor talked about Fibro...Can you develop it?? I guess you can, but it isn't like something that comes from arthritis...or is something you are doing to develop it...(in my opinion...I guess Dr. P. would be better at describing it...).. Fibro is a condition that happens, in the same way that some people develop arthritis..

Anyway, you could have Fibro now...Fibro is a general achy-ness..all over...It usually is treated with medications such as Cymbalta, Lyrica or Savelle.. Sometimes muscle relaxants and NSAIDs can be helpful...

To the right is a section called tips and toolbox. There are probably some helpful things there for you. Also ask for your Vit. D to be checked...You can take some good vitamins...such as a mutli- a B100 complete, and a D. You can do some stretches and that can be helpful..

What medications are you on now??

cece
Let's put the fun back in dysfunctional !- Mary Englebright
 
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Mark Pellegrino, MD responded:
Welcome! Great picture! Who's the pretty girl holding you?!


Yes you can have fibro and other things that cause chronic pain; I call this Fibromyalgia Plus where you can have fibro plus arthritis plus scoliosis plus disc disease and other separate problems. It's important that all one's conditions are identified, as each condition may require it's own special treatment program. I agree that FM should not be a "label" or a "catch all." FM is perfectly willing and capable of standing alone as a diagnosis, and contributing it's own special chronic pain to the mix! Hopefully you will respond to the fibro tratment plan. Good luck!

Dr. P
 
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bpcookie replied to 1wareaglefan's response:
Hello Elizabeth, I hope to God it doesnt turn into Fibro. I have dealt with this pain for 3 yrs now and I would totally fall into a depression if I developed Fibro on top of that.

For 3 yrs I have been through so much with this pain and have also seen so many Dr.s about a number of other health issues as well.

Ive been seeing a pain specialist who has tried everything in the book, a chiro, massage therapist, 4 different physical therapists, traction and acupuncture. Everything has failed.

Thank you for your info and also the suggestion of coming back to this board. hugs
 
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bpcookie replied to fibroinsd's response:
Hello Cece, The pain specialist wants to put me on an anti depressant and an anti seizure med., but I explained to the Dr. that Im Bipolar and am on special meds and that I cant add those meds that he wants me to. My Psychiatrist would have kittens if I were to take those meds.

Ive had my Vitamin D lvls checked along with a number of other tests done. I have a number of other health problems that would make your head spin if I were to list them here. lol. So I get regular blood test done every 6 months, 10 vials worth.

Here is the entire list of meds Im on now. I will list the pain meds first.

Hydrocodone

Tramadol

Depakote

Lamictal

Nexium

Bromocriptine

Singular

Levothroxine

and a number of inhalers for asthma.

Thank you for taking time to reply to my post.
 
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bpcookie replied to Mark Pellegrino, MD's response:
Hello Dr., that pretty girl is my Chewy, she is my little angel.

So what your saying is, each problem should be treated as separate problems. I mean, my necks arthritis, slipped disc and thinning of one disc be treated, also my scoliosis, my tail bone (which is something I injured when I was 13) and my shoulder pain, be treated as seperate problems, but also go ahead with the Fibro treatment?

I hope that was too confusing.

Thank you for taking the time out to respond to my post.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to bpcookie's response:
I see you're in good hands here, Bpcookie. I just wanted to say hi. *waves*
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell
 
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bpcookie replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hi honey bunny, The pain in my arms has stopped. Yiippeeee. I have an apt. with my family Dr. on Thursday and Im going to ask him for a referral to a back and neck specialist. So hopefully I can find out whats really going on. muahs


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