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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I over did my house move. I have an increase in pain.

C5-C6 Disc Bulge & Herniation. Also impinged nerve. (Or nerves)

Anybody have these problems?

Could the above problems be considered as Fibromyalgia?

(I am very confused about what is and what is not Fibromyalgia)

Pamela shakehead

Chartreux
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   Posted 2/5/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Awe, Pamela, so very sorry your hurting again,
you probably did over do it, maybe try an ice pack or
heating pad, it so would be nice if we could take it easy all
the time, but then what would our hubbies do? lol, ( hope ya don't
mind the joke)
Could be a combo effect of the fibro flair along with pain
from the impingments. I have pain from last procedure my doc did as
it caused scar tissue which went into a fibro flair, so yeah you can get
both at once...
Lots of soft hugz with well wishes in hopes for a lpd soon....
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Post Edited (Chartreux) : 2/5/2009 11:40:02 AM (GMT-7)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
One doctor a few years ago said this,

"Either you have Fibromyalgia or you have something serious which requires surgery.
We do not treat Fibromyalgia symtoms."

Of course I went elsewhere after hearing that. It was kind of a threat like either
you get surgery or I will just let you suffer.

So far I've been getting by on Opiods and other medication. I hope to continue
this way but everyday it's the same old worry ...

Will I end up in the hospital today or will my symptoms lighten up? Sometimes
the pain is so bad I just think ...

Thanks for responding, Chartreux.

Pamela

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam,
So sorry to hear about your back BOO-BOO! I've been going though ups' & down's with my back for years, neck too. Yes the pain will calm down when the inflamation you've cause goes down. Are you able to take any kind of anti-inflamitoriy meds like Advil or the all day ones like Napracin? As you know, I'm not a doctor but they may help. My stomac is so darn sensitive, I can't take any, if I could I think I'd be off the narcotics they work so well for me. Many Doctors have wanted me to have surgery for heniated discs, stonosis, nerve impingement, degenerative disese and arthritis. One Neurologist who was head of surgery in his hospital wanted to put some kind of titanium bridge around my spine and attach it to my pelvis> YIKES!! Well, I'm still putting around, taking it real easy on myself pysically and taking my meds. I still work and am not in a wheel chair like a couple of them told me I would be! I read the posts here of all these poor people who had surgeries that didn't help or made things worse and know lots of others. So please be carefull and get a 2nd & even 3rd & 4th opinion before you descide anything! good luck and if you have any more questions for me or anyone here, let them fly and we'll do our best!
Your broke-back-friend,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete is so right on...and make sure you get the very best top notch doctor's as well,
before even considering surgery...
I've talked with two friends, both had fusions, both had to have them re done after
10 years, as by their words and not mine "once you start surgery, it will continue..."
So surgery as a very last resort..
hugz and lots of them for all that break through pain...
Continued good luck to you too Pete, your our resident expert...
Prayer's for you both and hopefully that painfree day will come...
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******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/5/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
OH NO!! Chart, I am the last person you should call an expert! I've made more wrong descisions in my life than probably all of you put together! Thats why I'm in the condition I'm in. I see so many of y'all listing everything wrong and all your problems at the bottom of your posts. It's been so long since I've had an MRI on my neck & back, I can't even remember which L's and what C's are bad anymore! My Doc keeps telling me to get another one but I hate those things! I have got stuck in the tubes because I'm too big around my middle and when I get to the part that hour-glasses in the middle, I'm stuck and have to scream, "Get Me the *&^))((#$@#! out of this thing!! Then there are the open ones skwish me like a big sandwich so bad that I can't breath, whats worse than not being able to breath?? Right! I get so claustrifobic?? in those things. The last time I got one, I had such a bad spazm in my back, I couldn't get off the table. The lady was yelling at me to leave because she had her next apt. waiting to come in and I couln't move. When I finally managed to sit up, I couldn't walk. It was really so bad, I'm sure a lot of you know exactly what I'm talking about! I finally asked if she had a sturdy 4 leg chair which I was able to use like a walker and hobble out to the lobby where I stayed untill closing trying to make my darn back losen up. Yep, I hate those MRI's!!! But really expert?? I don't know much about back pain other that my own and what it feels like. I do know that when someone tells me they have a bad back and have had it a long time, I believe them! Only we who have been there and been through the mill with it really know what it's like and how bad it really hurts. I can talk to someone who says they have back pain and look right into their eyes and can tell right away if they really know what it's like!!! I'll bet lots of you know exactly what I'm talking about! Well I have to go now but please my brothers & sisters, don't ever acuse me of being an expert on anything! And don't ever call me Sir either, man I hate that almost as much as MRI's
Your know-nuttin friend,
Pain in the butt pittyful Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


No-Opana
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   Posted 2/5/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I had cervical fusion on C-5 and C-6 in 2/08 in 9/08 C-7 ruptured.

When it first happened, I told meds and did PT for 10 weeks. It got better for 2 years then flaired up again.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok Pete,
I won't call you Sir if you promise not to call me Ma'am. Deal?

You know, I think your post came at a good time. It's true that something must
happen to calm this pain down. Maybe I need to lay around a bit more for awhile.
I don't know.

I was really active during the house move. Man! I had fun. Yes sir ree bob.(tee hee)
That could be it. I could have burst another pipe or wt f. (If you put those three
letters together the computer edit will get them. Try it.

I had the head of a very very fancy surgery center recommend a nasty-sounding
surgery. It involved cadaver bones, nails, chains ... terrible. I don't remember
very well. The doctor only spoke to my husband and me for SEVEN minutes. I
shouted, "I'll take it. I'll take it." And then I fled down the halls going really
fast fueled by Adrenalin.

If I ever have to have an MRI, I will tell the technicians that I get (serious tummy
problem) when I'm under stress. Maybe that would score you a decent anesthesia
with the approval of your doctor, of course. I'll be NO ONE has ever thought of
that before.It could work.

<--idea emoticon was supposed to go there.


So, anyway, A lot of this post has been written between the lines. If you have
questions, just e-mail me. k?

Pamela

Thanks Chartreux and No-Opana idea

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 2/5/2009 6:50:14 PM (GMT-7)


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe wish I could've helped ya better Pamela...
Okay Pete, but you do have great advice there, and I'll not
call ya sir, but how about Friend?
Hope you get a lpd soon Pamela..
**********************************************
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, Enlarged Pituitary Gland
******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********

********>^..^<********>^..^<********>^..^<********


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartreux,
I'm in a constant state of thankfulness that you and I exist in cyberspace
simultaneously.
Pamela

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/6/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, it's grtting pretty cosmic around here! I selp untill 6:30am today! I have a Uroligist apt. that I have to leave for right now but thought I'd check in from home before I left. You Gals are really something! I would be proud to call Y'all my friends!> Gotta Go>>>>>>> I'm gonna be late as usual! Somehow I'm always late for Dr's> never work! Later!!
Big Hugs!
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


uniquelyme
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   Posted 2/6/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
We are all just one big happy, disfunctional, painful family....aren't we..

Me.
 

 Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Bipolar, GERD

Hemi-lamenectomy, Spinal Fusion

120mg. methadone daily, 60mg. oxycodone daily

 


straydog
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pam,
What kind of tests have you had done on your neck in the past? How long has it been since any tests were done on your neck? I know questions, questions,lol. Have you ever been seen by a neurosurgeon? If you feel you are getting worse maybe its time to have a dr schedule a cervical MRI. Your PCP can do this before ever ref you to a specialist. In fact, its best to already have the MRI to take with you. If you have had an MRI previously they can compare the films to see if anything new is going on.
 
Its been about ten years since I saw the neurosurgeon. He asked if I was ready to have surgery, I told him no. As soon as he heard those words he was out the door. Sent his nurse to tell me when I was ready to call for an appt.lol. My problems are at C5-6 and C6-7. which is the typical place most have problems. I had terrible muscle spasms with mine, but after having an RF done it took care of those baseballs that were under my shoulder blades. First time in I know a good 10 yrs that I did not have that spasm going on. I would like to have the money spent on physical therapy with massage, they could never get them out, said my neck & shoulders felt like concrete. I also went to a lady that worked out of her home that probably is one of the best massage therapist in the country. When I was going to her it was for migraines initially, she could knock out one of those boogers by working on your feet. She knew dermatone patterns the whole bit. She had retired but people begged her to do their massages anyway so she did it from home. Now, that was the best money I ever spent. She also knew where to touch you on your feet and could tell if your neck or back was hurting and could actually get a muscles to release by massaging certain places on your feet. I guess Millie was every bit of 70 when I started going to her, very strong hands.
 
Hope you have a LP weekend.......Susie

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