fibro and joint problems

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mamanan
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
It will be a year this March that I have had consistent symptoms of fibro. I did have some about 4 years ago for a year, but much milder, and it went away.

What hasn't gone away is my shoulder, knee and back pain. I've had problems with my back since at least my late teens (I'm 39 now). I've had what I thought was bursitis in my shoulders for about 12 years, and patella femoral syndrome in my left knee for about 10 years. These all come and go with varying degrees of pain and limited movement. At the urging of my NP, I finally made an appointment for PT so I can get assessed and treated for these problems, which he doubts btw are what I was told they were.

So on to my questions:
Would these problems be caused by fibro? Or would they be aggravated by fibro? Is it something that would have to be treated differently in a fibromite?
My appointment with the PT is in 2 weeks, and I'm looking forward to it but also a little apprehensive. I've read some bad things on here about PT if they don't know what they are doing with fibromites. But I'm not sure if my fibro is really at play here? Nevertheless, I'm lookign forward to relief. Both my right shoulder and my knee have flared up pretty bad for the last month or so. My NP had given me Diclofenac ointment for my pain in my hands and feet (which didn't work btw). I've been using it on my knee and shoulder with very limited pain relief, adn my shoulder has very limited movement right now. Both these are making the limbs next to them ache more, but that I know is fibro. It's so hard to separate what is what sometimes!

Thanks for your input and advice idea (((HUGS)))
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline


Sue2z
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   Posted 12/30/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
With me it was fibro first then diagnosed a year later with arthritus in  my shoulders joints.  I see a pain spec/rheumy who has put me on methatrexate which has really helped with my joints, but not so much with the fibro.  sue2z

Fibromyalgia, ulcerative colonitus, arthritus, bi-polar
norspan patch, valium, prothiedon, lyrica


vestabula
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh...do I ever know what you are going through.  So many doctors, so many different opinions, so many remedies that don't work.  I can't separate the RLS from the fibro...the aching shoulder pain from bursitis or fibro?  The  pain that starts in the middle of my butt, travels into my hip, across my thigh, down into my knee then back down the side of my leg...sciatica or fibro???  My legs tingle and crawl...fibro or RLS?  All of them, none of them...don't know anymore and I can't afford to spend more money to get some nebulous answer that means nothing, as I don't have health insurance at the moment.  Mine went away for a number of years too and came back with a vengence.  Wish I had an answer for you...I just know we all go through it and have more questions than answers.  I hope the PT helps you sort it out!

hugs,

donna

 


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


K9
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My thoughts are that the injuries are aggravated by fibro. And also that chronic pain from injuries "causes" fibro (I think there are probably a host of "causes", not just one but that's one of them).
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released)


mamanan
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   Posted 12/31/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
that's an interesting thought, Schutzhund. Thanks for the replies. I'll let you know what happens. Wouldn't it be nice if I could get a straight answer for a change?
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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