Neck, Shoulder and shoulder blade, back pain!

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skylark61
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   Posted 6/16/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fibro family,
 
I haven't posted in awhile.  I have been seeing a physical therapist which I don't believe is helping at all.  They did show me a couple of different stretching exercises to help me with my neck, and back pain.  This is just a temporary relief.  I still keep doing the exercises that I received here at this website which help a lot.  Oh, has anyone ever worked out with an exercise ball?  Just the stretching exerices?
 
My question today is... does anyone else have severe neck pain where you just can't seem to hold your head up and and while sitting on the sofa any pressure whether it is a pillow or anything applied to the area makes the pain worse?  Also I'm having severe shoulder and back pain.... that goes from my lower back somedays to just the right side... on my shoulder blade and down the ribcage.  Is anyone else experiencing any of this.
 
I havn't ever been to a bone doctor.... but I've had MRIs of my neck, thoracic and lumbar areas and have found all types of problems with cervical stenosis, scoliosis, arthritis,  herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and osteophytes.  Should I go and see an Orthopedic doctor to assess all of these problems?  Could all of this pain be associated with just the Fibro, or could it also be from the bone problems?  All I know is I am so miserable.
 
I wish I had access to a swimming pool... I'm sure this would also be helpful for the pain.  At least that's what the PT said.
 
I am in terrible pain today.  Please say a prayer for me.  Thank you. 
 
My heart goes out to all of you who suffer from this horrible disease. :-)
Dianna

Hugs to Everyone!
~Dianna~
 
Fybromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorder, IBS, Migraine Headaches, Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Osteophytes
 
Prozac, Nabumetone, Midrin, Lidocaine Patch, Ambien, Lipitor, Flexeril


solar powered
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   Posted 6/16/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Dianna, I am so sorry that you are going through all that pain. I'm not a doctor but I have many orthopedic type problems also so I would think much of your pain is from those issues that you mentioned. Of course fibro seems to like to settle into places that have damage so I would bet that it is definitely adding to your misery. You've got a lot going on so I think that maybe you should see an orthopedic dr to assess and coordinate your care of all those problems. Another possibility is to see a chiropractor who specializes in orthopedic problems. That's what I do and he has been very helpful, way more so than any pt that I have seen in the past. Actually it was my orthopedic guy who sent me to the chiropractor after the physical therapy failed. I hope you find some relief soon. Try to remember to breathe and be kind to yourself. Lisa
Life is the ultimate contact sport. Train accordingly and play hard.


skylark61
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   Posted 6/16/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for you reply Lisa :-)    I would go to a chiropractor but I am a member of Kaiser Permanente.... I don't believe they will cover a chiropractor.  I do know they can recommend a Orothopedic Dr. through the plan though.  I just can't afford an out of pocket charge outside my network.
Hugs to Everyone!
~Dianna~
 
Fybromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorder, IBS, Migraine Headaches, Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Osteophytes
 
Nexium, Nabumetone, Imitrex,  Ambien, Lipitor, Flexeril


GamJill
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   Posted 6/16/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sky-
 
Sorry to hear your having such a rough time. Fibro can be very painful and arthritis can be very painful. I have arthritis in my neck and it is "killing" me right now. Almost always it is weather related when my arthritis acts up. We are cloudy with thunderstorms possible today. 
 
From what they found in your back- it sounds like alot and make sure they are doing everything they can to help you on that end. I have had to take Prednisone for a week when all else has failed with the arthritis. Do let them know how bad you are suffering and see if there is anything they can do for you.
 
Jill
 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/16/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Have you bought a Bed Buddy or made one?  These give off moist heat and that could help your neck.  The Bed Buddies can be found at Walgreens and other places and you can make one by taking a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of raw long grained rice, and tying a knot on the end.  Pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat.

One stretch that I do is not listed in the stretching exercises.  This is for the spot between your shoulder blades that no stretches seem to reach.  Bend at the waist, let your arms hang down, and then start swinging them in different directions.  This stretches that area.  My massage therapist told me about this and it does help!

Hope you start to feel better soon.

Sherrine


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solar powered
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   Posted 6/16/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
My insurance covers 20 visits to the chiropractor per year. When that runs out I pay a set fee to him in cash regardless of how many things he does for me during an appointment. The reason I'm telling you this is that it costs me only $5 more for all that help from the chiro than what it costs in co-pay to see a specialist and not much more than the 10% I had to pay on the physical therapy appointments which didn't help. I don't know how your insurance works but if you have a co-pay for services and appointments seeing a chiro may be a viable option financially. Something maybe to investigate? Good luck. Lisa
Life is the ultimate contact sport. Train accordingly and play hard.


MrsCavbar
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   Posted 6/16/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have severe arthritis in my back and around my breastbone, so I know some of your pain *hugs* I think some of your pain is made worse by the fibro, I know mine is. Stretching helps a lot and so does my heating pad. I also take NSAIDS for the arthritis and if you're like me you may be to the point that OTC meds don't work as well, there is an NSAID that works well, but it's a prescription, called diclofenac, my husband was on it for a while but when they changed his meds he gave what he had left over to me, and I must say it works when Advil and Alieve don't. Rest and don't do any heavy lifting! LOL I've been on a 5 lbs weight limit for the last 2 yrs.
I hope you get to feeling better soon.
Lola

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov


FM, costocontritis, wide spread arthritis, fibroid tumors, PTSD, 2 heart attacks at 22, PID


Flexeril 30mg, Celexa 50mg, Despiramine 50mg, Acetometaphen 500mg, Calming Sleep herbal suppliment, ActivOn topical pain relief, Melatonin 300mg, B-complex, Diclofenac 75mg, tramadol 50mg


Traveler
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been trying to deal with higher levels of neck/shoulder/shoulder blade/upper back pain lately as well. Not much in the way of meds have helped me. Vicoden does take the edge off still though, when I just can't face another hour of this pain.
I also use a lot of heat & ice, and stretches to help ease the pain. Unfortunately, those are becoming less effective now. =(
- Traveler


kathydownunder
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 447
   Posted 6/16/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I can relate to what you are going through I went to see a physo and after they looked at my chart from when I had gone before they decided they only way they could hellp me was getting me to stand with my back against a door this helps also I drop my arm down it is my right arm it could be called a frozen sholder this makes the stiffness we get from holding our sholder up because of the pain it drops it down thus releving the other sholder. I also have my hands behind my back a friend commented on this one day I had not realised I was doing it but when the pain gets really bad it helps no end also I use a neck brace this gives the neck and sholders a break and for me it is wonderful sometimes I do not een have to take pain killers if I get to it as soon as the pain starts. I have bones in my neck that are decaying and they can not do anything about them at present. Alot of the pain comes from the fibro but as I said with the neck brace and a special pillow I use to sleep on or if I am away and forget my pillow I use a rolled up towel it does the same job. Even traving in the car I have something behind my neck. No one can understand how much it hurts until they suffer from it if I am not careful I get migraines from it. Kathy
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