Which doctor is better to see for fibro? Pain Management Doctor or Neurologist? Does it matter?
Diagnosed with Fibro from a Rheumologist and Neurologist. Starting Lyrica this week.
My main problem is that I have a constant neck pain - crunching/cracking, tightening swollen like tendons in my neck. Mornings are horrible. I can crack it every minute throughout the day turning my head to the right. Sometimes during the day I can crack it really hard. It has gotten worse the past 6-12 months (no tragic changes in my life). The tightening, swollen tendon feeling pushes by head forward and down and it's a constant 24/7 pain. Prior to that for about
5+ years I have had left shoulder pain and lower back pain. Lower back pain is occasional now - somehow it got better after my hysterectomy 4 1/2 years ago (weird). I can't lay on one side more than 10 mins. I get cramped up and a shooting pain across shoulders. I use a "bed buddy" moist heat just about
every night. I work at a computer all day (Admin. Assistant) so it makes my condition worse. I also have trouble getting to sleep and wake up at 3:00 & 5:00. I've used feather down pillows before. Now I've switched back to a neck indented memory foam pillow - which seems to help me sleep a little better. I have Ambien CR; however, everytime I take it my body craves it the next night and I can't sleep. I don't want to take it every night since the side effect is memory loss and your body DOES get addicted to it. I have tingling in my hands and when I raise a drinking glass my hands tremble. I have trouble with the other fibro areas. By the end of a work week, I'm done and can't wait to rest and sleep a lot on Saturday.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions/input!
39 year old female. Not overweight, non-smoker, non-drug user, occasional drinker
Diagnosis: Fibro, TMJ, IBS w/constipation, Sinus, some anxiety/depression, trouble sleeping
X-rays -normal, shock test of nerves-normal, bloodwork including thyroid/lyme-normal
Current Meds: Lyrica 50 mg./3 times a day, Ambien, Nasarel nose spray for sinuses
Former Meds: Cymbalta, Nortriptyline, Lexapro, Percocet
Supplements: Multi vitamin, B-12, Omega3, Psyllium Husk for constipation
Post Edited (mermaid4shore) : 1/16/2009 1:51:25 PM (GMT-7)