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358486 tn?1294776388

FIBROMYALGIA??

HAS ANYONE WITH CERVICAL PROBEMS,OR SURGERIES EVER DEVELOPED FIBROMYALGIA??? OR KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE CONDITION???
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MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello .

Fibromyalgia is known to occur after cervical spine injury. In a study done in Israel, almost 22% of the cervical spine injury patients developed Fibromyalgia.

Regards
358486 tn?1294776388
can you tell me any more about this condition? i think i may have it!! i just had cervical disc surgery with fushion on oct 31,and previous to that i had 2 disc removed from my lumbar region. what should i do? i just saw my neurosurgeon last week and was diagnosed with si joint dysfunction,also. please, i'd appreciate any info on this condition! thank you!!
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There are pressure points that are part of diagnosing Fibromyalgia.  Google "fibromyalgia pressure points" online for a drawing of the human body that shows those points.  If you push at least a half-dozen areas and it hurts, you probably have it.  Fibro is painful and is often accompanied by headaches.
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Yes. I developed this severely after cervical spine surgery.  It has never gone away.  Like ggreg said googe the pressure points.  You must have 11 of 18 of them to be diagnosed, along with other symptoms.  It's important to see a doctor who specializes in this for an accurate diagnosis.  A good website I read was fibromyalgia-symptoms dot either com or org, I forget.

Dr.Abhijeet,  what exactly is the cause after surgery?  It's unrelenting and literally can ruin your life.  There has to be an underlying cause???
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Hello.

One reason is the soft tissue trauma. ( could be from injury or surgery). this leads to Fibromyalgia, but not in all the cases, of course. It is also noted that those who complain of more pain after the surgery, have more chance of developing fibromyalgia.

One more reason thought to be implicated in post surgery fibromyalgia is ..... the neck is hyper-extended while doing the intubation and this constitutes a neck injury!

Hope that helps.
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Thank you.  No one gave such a good explanation.  I don't think it's going to go away.  I've been like this over 2 years now.
358486 tn?1294776388
Thank you for writing me. so you have had this for 2 years, does it ever go away? does it get any better? i believe i may have a severe case ofthis!! i have severe pain from my head to my feet! i did google those trigger points like u said,& i tried them myself,i had pain from all of them,except 1. have u ever had soreness & pain in your breast from this? I'm in so much pain i can't stand it!! i'm on oxycodone,but that won't even cut it! what are some of the other symtoms aside from the trigger points? are u on meds for this? i'm gonna try to go to a rheumatologist next week to be examined for this.
358486 tn?1294776388
do u know if this condition will cause breast pain? u seem to know alot about this, i appreciate your help! i'm gonna try to see a rheumatologist next week to be examined for this? is there anyway to know if i more than likely have this before i go?
Avatar universal
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello.

Yes, it will cause breast pain. Wherever there is muscle and fascia (layer of connective tissue covering the muscle), there will be pain. There are two muscle under the breast which can start the pain.

Regards
Avatar universal
Well, good luck with seeing a Rheumatologist next week.
Around here, it takes at least two months to get an appointment.

An excellent resource for fibromyalgia is Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's website at http://www.endfatigue.com/

His book, "From Fatigued to Fantastic," was recommended to me when I was looking for information about Fibromyalgia Syndrome.
I think most of the information is explained at his website, but the book is easier to read and navigate.

I started taking some of the supplements that he suggested, and found them helpful.
Even after I found out that my fibromyalgia was due to infection with Lyme Disease, his info is still good.

Wishing you the best,
Carol

p.s. The website has tons of information...you'll have to check all the links.
358486 tn?1294776388
thank u!! can u tell if & how i could test these pain trigger points at home?
358486 tn?1294776388
hi, thank u for the info! how long have you had fibromalgia? how severe? does it ever go away? or get any better?
358486 tn?1294776388
can u tell me if in severe cases can this cause extreme nausea,vomitting,&/or weight loss?
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I developed Fibro after getting crushed and smashed between 2 hostein dairy cows, and slwmmed into a concrete block wall. Had shoulder surger, brokens ribs etc. 15 years ago. It feels like the worse case of the flu you have ever had, then getting run over by a truck. Aches, cold makes worse, muscles hurt all over, pressure points. Hard to wear a bra my irritates me so bad. At night I have princess and the pea syndrome. Even a wrinkle in my sheets can set it off. Lyrica does help some, but beware of the weight gain it can cause if you're not careful. I also have degenerative disc disease, degenerative osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes. Making my body an all-inclusive ache.  Find a good rheumatologist who specialises in fibro. Your may need a neurologist to help with your diagnosis. During what are called "flares" it can also cause "fog" affecting your thinking. One good thing, is it is not a degenerative disease....and it won't kill you. Mine seems to improve in the summer, and worsen in cold weather. You have to learn to pace yourself on the good days, and not overdo, as that can cause a flare. Good luck, and God bless.
358486 tn?1294776388
HELLO!  SO U HAVE HAD FIBRO MYALGIA FOR 15 YEARS? OH GOD, I GUESS THAT MEANS THAT IT DOESN'T EVER REALLY GO AWAY!?!? SO THE LYRICA DOES HELP YOU/ DO U EVER HAVE TOTALLY PAIN FREE DAYS? I GO BACK TO MY NEUROSURGEON THIS WEEK I'M GONNA TRY TO GET HIM TO REFER ME TO A GOOD RHEUMATOLOGIST.
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MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello.

You could go through this link and see the diagrams of the trigger points given there.
The information is good. I found it easier to refer you to this link, than to write each point here. The diagrams are good.
http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_diagnosis.html

Regards
358486 tn?1294776388
just wanted to say thank you!
Avatar universal
The tender points are quite specific.  Even being off a small amt. could alter the results.  I had them in areas that I didn't even know.  The fibro specialist I saw even laughed with me how pronounced they were.  He said I had "classic" fibro.   I have never been a believer in fibro being an entity in itself.  I believe it is secondary to something else like Carol said.  I did have the surgery but I have also had bullseye rashes as well and had various symptoms in the past.  I also have all kinds of weird things like numbness, tingling, twitching all over and much, much more.  It just seems like way too much to be just fibro.  I will never give up looking for an answer.  No, I don't take any meds for fibro.  I have a high pain tolerance and have just learned to live with it.  I am not a believer in narcotics for chronic pain.  I believe they are only for acute injuries, surgeries or people suffering with things like terminal cancer.  I think if meds are given for fibro it should be ones that help with neuropathic pain like Lyrica, Neurontin, Cymbalta etc...To describe how it is for me, I'm the worst in the morning...stiff, sore muscles, heavy limbs etc...I usually improve by noon.  I have good days and bad days but it NEVER, EVER goes away.  My muscles feel weak.  I have to keep moving or I'm stiff like the tin man at all times.  I exercise 4 times a week no matter how bad I feel.  I just push throug the pain.  I do get the breast pain, chest wall soreness, rib soreness.  Areas that are ALWAYS sore to touch are my neck, shoulder blades area, ribs, spine and upper back.  My butt cheeks, extending down to hip area and outer thigh area.  I have more but these are the pronounced areas.  I hopes this helps with some insight as to what this condition is all about.
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No, it never goes away. It does gt better, and then worse again, stress seems to make it worse. I'm not able to exercise like Carol does, but I have many other issues too. Good luck with the neuro. Lyrica does seem to help a lot.
358486 tn?1294776388
THANKS AGAIN! I AM UNABLE TO EXERCISE ALSO, I WISH I COULD!! I USED TO EXECISE EVERYDAY UNTIL FOUR MONTHS AGO WHEN ALL THESE SEVERE PROBLEMS STARTED WITH THE DIC HERNIATIONS IN MY SPINE. I HEARD THAT YOGA IS GOOD FOR CHRONIC PAIN, BUT I DON'T KNOW!! I'M THINKING ABOUT TRYING IT MYSELF!!
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