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Mr.T
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   Posted 7/31/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I have been having horrible pack pains and joint pains for months now and I went to the doctors and they put me in the hospital and did a full MRI and CAT scan and found nothing.  I know it is not in my head the pain some days is so bad I cannot find any comfortable position.  My writs, inside elbows, knees.  I don't understand.  When I got home I looked up the medication I was given and it is Lyrica 75 mg twice a day, Arcoxia 120 mg and Zolam.  I looked them up and some came to Fibromalagia.  How do I know this is the problem?  I am so tired of constantly being in pain.  I live in Thailand so it is a bit difficult to understand the doctors and to get them to understand my problems. Maybe it's just the lack of sleep that makes me so achey.  Any advice or suggestions would help.  Thank you

Ginny
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   Posted 7/31/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mr.T,
 
Oh wow, that is a dilemma. Yeah, those are pretty common meds to treat Fibro. Your situation is much like mine actually.  Lots of joint pain all over, and no answers.  Where are you getting the back pain? Any other odd symptoms?  I wish I had more to offer you.  Fibro will hamper sleep too. 
 
I hope you get more rest tonight,
Ginny
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Mr.T
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   Posted 7/31/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply.  I really don't think I have many other symptoms.  The back pain is in the upper middle back.  Sometimes my shins hurt like I have been running hard, but it is just basic joint pain I guess.  I just don't know.  I just wish I understood it more.  I left the hospital early so I will not get all of the results til sat.  I can't stand being in the hospital, especially when very few speak English.  Oh well, we will see.  I just got to work and am going to try to put it all in the back of my head to get through the day.  I can't afford to miss work.  Thanks again

Chutz
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   Posted 7/31/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mr. T!

And welcome to our fibro family. I'm a bit confused on the location. You are currently living in Thailand. Where you there when you got the Lyrica? Were you in the states? Have the doctors done bloodwork to rule out other disorders? If they prove your pain is NOT caused from other things like Lupus, MS, or a host of other things, then it truly might be fibro.

If you do have fibro then you need to go easy on your body. Don't just sit but you will have to pace yourself. Please read as much as you can. We have a great thread called Fibro 101. It's usually on the top 2 pages somewhere. There is so much to learn but as you will soon find out...many of us live wonderful and productive lives with fibro.

Finding a good doc you can trust is critical. What part of Thailand are you in? The reason I ask is I have 'relatives' who live over there most of the year. This is my Daughter-In-law's mother and father. Mom is Thai and Dad is American. Both speak English and Thai is mom's first language. If you are near them maybe I could get you in touch. Dad had a heart attack last year and did well over there with medical care so it is possible. With fibro tho you shouldn't have to be hospitalized...just manage the disorder.

Hope this helps and feel free to email me. Just click the little envelope under my name over there <---

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Mr.T
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info.  I have another question that is puzzling me.  I have now done some reading on this and I don't know that I have the same symptoms.  I don't have sore pressure points.  I do ache and hurt in most of my joints, but it is deep not to the touch.  Do you think they may have it wrong?  Now I am very confused. Any ideas?  Thanks alot

Marlee2
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mr. T and welcome. Have you been tested for RA??? Have you seen a rheumatologist??? I hope you get answers soon.
 
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Mr.T
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   Posted 8/1/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if I have been tested for RA.  What is it and how do they test for it?  I do not think that we have a rheumatologist around here, but I guess I have never really looked for one.  Thanks for the info.  I see the nuerologist on Wednesday so i can ask some questions then as best as I can with the language barrier.

Sue2z
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   Posted 8/2/2008 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   

it is so hard to get doctors to understand, I got fibro after a blow to the head though nothing showed on the scans. I suggest that you make a list  of your probs including sleep and try get them addressed.  especially the sleep.  I am on Lyrica 150 morn and another 150 night. Ask to see a rhuematogist and secondly pain management.  When my rhuematologist diagnosed fibro he gave me an opioid as nothing else worked for the pain.  unfortunaltely it takes a while to get anywhere but I am 70% better now but it took two years. See a rhuematologist and say you were dianosed with fibro, Ask doc for something for pain and sleep and if he doesnt help see another but def get referal to rheumy.  regards sue.  luck


Mr.T
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   Posted 8/2/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you very much for the info.  I tried to call the hospital to see if they had a rhuematologist, but they did not seem to understand so I may have to get a translator to help me. It is difficult enough to deal with this let alone try to explain it to a foreign doctor who kind of understands what you say.  I have gone through many "misunderstandings" with the doctors here.  Hopefully soon I will be able to get to the right doctor and get things headed in the right direction.  I am glad to hear you are getting better. That is good news to hear.  thanks again and have a nice day.

 

Jery


Sue2z
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   Posted 8/2/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
as you get to see the docs ect, let me know how it goes.  Its so terrible at the start, just to get the ball rolling.  suez2
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