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MIgrunt
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/21/2006 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with FMS in Sept 2002 and medically discharged from the military in June 2004.  I have since been to a Neurologist and Rheumo because of increased neck/lower back pain, increased spasms and knumbness in my right side.  Xrays and MRIs show ankylosing spondylitis in lower lumbar region.  It also noted cervical spondylosis in my neck.  I  was wondering if anyone else had similar problems and if they were diagnosed around the same time?

Ducky
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   Posted 1/22/2006 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi MIgrunt and welcome to healing well... What service were you in? I am in the Air Force... I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis as well as Spondylitis... I used to get the spasms and numbness, but I started taken Enbrel in Mar 2005 and I haven't had any pain, spasms or numbness since... Every once in a while my lower back will be sore, and I'll pop a couple of Voltaren and I am good to go... I hope you continue to keep posting with us... take good care - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots


erin.K
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   Posted 1/23/2006 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome MIgrunt to HealingWell!
What sort of medications are you currently taking?
I also developed ankylosing spondylitis along with the myriad of other delightful problems, it's not fun.  Those AS spasms are the WORST!
Diagnosed with the AS officially in 2004, but was feeling it since about 2000.
I started Enbrel in late 2003 for RA & AS.  The Enbrel worked wonders for the AS pain, spasms etc...
I also found that to break a bad spasm, if I take a 5mg diazepam...on the onset of or when you "kinda know" it's going to happen, it makes it go away or less severe at the least.
But I must admit that there was a marked difference with the AS while on Enbrel.  Can't say too much about it putting the RA in check.
On HUMIRA now.  That's not approved for AS...but I still keep the diazepam.  It's @ a manageable level the backpain.  I also use LidoDerm patches and get steroid injections when needed.  Oral steroids as well.
 
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Take care.
Erin
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam & too many others.


MIgrunt
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 1/23/2006 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Duck & Eriny, nice to meet ya!  I was in the Army for 17 years (SFC).  I started having problems in 2000 that escalated in 2003.  Finally got diagnosed with FMS/chronic depression and was medically discharged. 
I really hate the spasms, especially in my legs.  It's bad enough when I'm not standing, worse when I'm walking and almost fall down.  The spasms are come and go but the neck/back pain are more constant now.  I've tried to ween myself off the pain meds since I either have an allergic reaction or they just zonk me out too much.  I stay at home now and take care of my 8 and 21/2 year old while the hubby works.  I've had the RA check and negative on the RF factor.  Waiting for my Rheumo appt. to get results on my blood work and 2nd opinion on my MRIs. 
 
Current Meds:  Cymbalta and Tylenol arthritis
Past Meds:  Lexapro, Lodine, Darvocet, Desyrel, Celexa, Naproxen, Elavil, Flexaril, and the "Army Candy" Motrin.

Ducky
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3199
   Posted 1/23/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey MIgrunt.. when do you go in to see the rheumy for your blood work results? Is your hubby in the Army too? That's funny that you call Motrin "Army Candy" we call it "Vitamin M"... good to know at least it's not just the Air Force that gives it out like it is going out of style! hee hee hee... hope to see more of you on the forums, take care - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots

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