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Need advice...Fibromyalgia? Arthritis?

In 2009 I was having some really bad pain going down my leg and into my foot. I had a MRI done and found out I had a herniated disc, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Since then I had my second child. He's 3 mths old now. I didn't have too many issues. My back didn't bother me as much as I thought it would but now for the past couple mths my whole body hurts all the time. Mainly my joints and muscles. It feels like I've been hit by train every day. I have IBS and currently taking zoloft for postpartum depression. The vicodon I take for my back no longer works for the pain and I contsantly feel drained.  My hands are tingling all the time, go numb and pain extends out to both elbows. Almost like cramping pain. It's been really bad and comes on very easily. I feel like I'm falling apart. Any ideas would help.
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Hi
Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
Unexplained aches and pains coming on and off could be due to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, H pylori infection, anemia, liver disorders, diabetes, hypothyroidism, Vit B12 or Vit D deficiency and due to calcium or magnesium deficiency. It can also be due to sleep related disorders.
Do discuss this with your doctor and get yourself examined. Take care!
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Having Degenerative Disc Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and fibromyalgia, I will try to answer your question.  My RA is in my joints only.  Fibro is all over discomfort.  If you have pressure points where it REALLY hurts when you press on it, like back of your neck, your shoulders, then you could have fibromyalgia.  See a Rheumatologist to really get answers.  Lyrica has been my saving grace!  Nothing takes away all the pain, but that and elavil at night really really help me.  When you say "pain extends out to both elbows. Almost like cramping pain" sounds like you might be having withdrawal from vicodon.  I have suffered exactly how you described it from withdrawal from vicodon!  I felt pain shooting out from my elbows, it was bad.  It is so easy for your system to get used to vicodon.  Go off slowly.  Oh, another thing.  It is said that when we are pregnant, our arthritis goes into remission.  Did you have this pain while you were pregnant?  I hope this has helped you somewhat.  Take care my dear.
Connie
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