Fibromylagia and degenerative disc disease

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NiNi53
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   Posted 8/7/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry, I do know I have asked this question before, but I would like the doctors opinion of what I think might be more than a coinscidence that after Degenerative disc disease comes fibromyalgia seems to go almost hand and hand with ddd.  Is it because once there is trauma, the nerves compromised in the ddd are now more likely to "get" fibromyalgia.  I know the wording is not what I really want to say, but I am having trouble with spelling today.
 
Thank you for any input you can give to this matter, are there any studies going on that have addressed this?
 
Ok, I will keep this short since I know I have asked this before, but I thought a doctor would be aware if there are ongoing studies concerning the relationship between the two diseases.
 
Take care, and thank you.
 
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Mysti
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   Posted 8/7/2011 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi NiNi,  well I am certainly not a doctor but I think your post is very interesting and something I was curious about as well.  I have been told by my GP that I *probably* have fibro and she prescribed Lyrica, but she hasn't listed it as one of my diagnoses on my medical records. 
 
I also wanted to add that I have heard there could be a possible link or correlation of endometriosis with fibromyalgia.  I suffered for many years with endo until I finally had a total hyst 5 yrs ago and around that time I was on another online support group for women with endo/hysterectomies etc.....anyway this was discussed several times.  It makes sense to me.  I just wish the medical community would get more educated on fibro and finally accept it as a *real* disease.
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis

Mysti
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   Posted 8/7/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to clarify my above post real quick...I agree with Requeim. I shouldn't have used the word *disease*, but instead *syndrome*.

Also, I didn't mean any disrespect toward the medical community, as I have been a member of that community for many years, myself. Like Requeim said, "the pathophysiology is somewhat murky...", I agree. I would just like to see more studies and education into fibro be done so that sufferers do not have to feel like it is psychosomatic.
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis

NiNi53
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   Posted 8/7/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mysti, I totally agree, more studies should done, and they probably will be sometime in the very near future, if not alrealy started.
 
I think the slow to study is just what you said Mysti, fibromyalgia is not treated as an important syndrome, once the medical people show more interest in this syndrome, not much will be done.
 
I was diagnosed in early 2001, at that time, there was a chart or questionaire listing I believe at least 18 symtoms probably more, anyway you had to have like if it was 18 you had to have 16-17 of the symtoms to "qualify" so to speak.
 
I was afraid of lyrica, and started on neuronton 300mg, about 5 years ago, I have to say it has worked very well in keeping the pain under control.  I do think its time for me to increase the mg, and have discussed this with my doctor and he agreed, so I am fortunate he listens.
 
And for you doctor, thank you for your response, most of the terms you used were above my head, but I think I got what you are saying. 
 
Take care Mysti, you to doc, Mysti hope you are having a good day, evening and having low pain.  Doctor again thank you and take care.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

kittycreation
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   Posted 8/9/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Requiem....I noticed that you did give a technical definition of fibromyalgia but you didn't answer her question and I too am quite interested to know....

NiNi, years ago, I was given a diagnosis of fibro although for me it came out more in fatigue. Now, it appears to be showing itself with more pain related symptoms....I am curious to see if the two are connected...
I pray and wait for God to do His thing in His time...til then I am waiting with chronic pain...
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