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American Woman
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anybody with fibromyalgia have more muscle pain in their backs than other areas of the body?  I was diagnosed in March of this year and it's all so new to me.  Some days, I have really bad low back pain, sometimes upper back pain.  I appreciate anybody's help!

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  Yes, most of us have back pain and pain in our shoulders and necks.  We have pain elsewhere, too,  but at least for me, the back, shoulders and neck is mainly where my pain is.
 
Be sure to check out Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia including a list of symptoms.  You will learn a lot there. 
 
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  You have come to a good place.  We have wonderful members that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too!  Read back post and ask questions.  We are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.
 
Sherrine
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American Woman
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome and reply Sherrine! I've been looking on here a little bit already and I know it's going to be very helpful with my questions!

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad!  You really will love it here.  We have some terrific people and no one judges you.  We all totally understand.  I'm glad you are here.
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Stari
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
American Woman,
Hi, welcome to the forum! I have a lot of pain in my back on any given day it will range from neck to lower back pain. I never knew you could have butt pain. At times I have a problem straightening my back after sitting for sometimes only a few minutes. Ever have to get up at night because you can lie flat on your back?
Have your tried a muscle relaxer?
 


Littleneck
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   Posted 7/19/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
HI and welcome. I am also kind of new after lurking for months. I was going to post this exact same question today! I have had broad muscle pain in my back with this, but never like the kind of pain I'm having today - it's like someone karate-chopped my left shoulder blade. I can feel the muscle spasming, and by far this is the worst localized back pain I've had yet. I feel like I'm getting pain in a different spot every day sometimes, though def. worst in my knees and left hand usually.

American Woman
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   Posted 7/19/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stari,
I have also had to get out bed because I can't lay down very long without pain. I mostly have trouble with my legs jumping and I have to get up because they won't be still. I haven't tried muscle relaxers yet, but I kind of see it in the future. Thanks for the info. I appreciate all the
help.

Hi Littleneck.
I also have had that same kind of pain in my shoulders. The most severe pain I have seems to be in my lower back and sometimes in my wrists. This is all so new to me and I guess I don't really know what to expect. The hot water bottle has become my new best friend.

JennyBHurts
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi AW!  Yep....my lower back is where I hurt the most.  I have had several MRI's and I do have some disc disease at L5/S1, but nothing that the spine surgeon thinks is causing me so much pain.  I do have endometriosis with a history of adhesions that could account for some of the pain, but I think a lot of it is fibro. Some nights I wake up barely able to move because I have accidentally slept flat on my back.  So I try to sleep with 3 or 4 pillows under my legs and hips so that I am never flat.
 
I have pain in my shoulders and neck, too.  And my mid-back goes crazy when I do a lot of bending over.  I have a TENS unit that helps for the spasms there, as well as ice and Flexeril (muscle relaxer).  Have you tried anything to help with the pain?  Some days it's a crap shoot.... never know what is going to start hurting or what it will take to get it to stop.  Ugghhh...welcome to fibro-world..... shocked
 
Jenny B
Age 36
DX w/ fibro June 2009
DDD & annular tear at L5/S1
endometriosis since age 18, have had 5 surgeries to date
 
Current meds:
OxyContin 30 mgs 3 X day
Dilautid 2 mgs 1-2 X day for breakthrough pain
Elavil 25 mgs
Zoloft 75 mgs
Lunesta 2 mgs
Klonopin .75 mgs
Protonix 40 mgs
Flexeril PRN
Phenergen PRN
 
I am living in the body of an 80 year old......
 


SleepyBug
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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome, AW!

First of all-welcome to our family! Although I am sad that you have Fibro, I am glad that you found us..this really is a great place:)

Secondly-to answer your question, absolutely. Although I have lots of aches and pains all over, my neck, shoulders, and upper back are the "hub" of my pain and cause me the most problems. I also have a lot of pain that radiates from my shoulders into my arms, wrists, and hands, and when I'm in a bad flare, I ache from my neck down to my thighs. So...you're definitely not the only one who has a lot of problems in this area!

I have found the best relief for this pain comes from heating pads, hot baths, and my bed buddy. Gentle stretching helps, too.

Welcome again!
~Danielle
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Littleneck
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had the karate-chop feeling in my left shoulder blade all weekend. It is amazingly uncomfortable! I have given up my hot-water bottle in favor of my homemade "bed buddy" tube sock. I have been in my recliner all weekend, using my bed buddy and drinking lots of water. Usually I get sharp lower-back pain that I can at least pretend to ignore; this shoulder/back pain is hobbling me. I can feel every nerve ending tingling in my back.

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Be sure to do stretching exercises for your back.  There are some on the Fibro 101 thread.  For that part that hurts between the shoulder blades there is another exercise.  You bend at the waist so your torso is parallel with the floor and then start swinging your arms loosley.  The stretches those muscles.
 
Also, don't lay or sit too long.  You will be stiff as a board if you do.  Keep on truckin'!
 
Sherrine
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


boo32
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
hi and welcome,
i would say it's my back is the worst, not only cuz of the arthritis but my neck and shoulder get so bad that i can only stay typing for a short time.
My lower back gets totally fatigued and stiff from standing but when my upper back starts it's sometimes unbearable.
boo
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


American Woman
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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the good advice! I am not on any pres. meds for the fibro yet, they are trying to see if exercise will help me because I have so many reactions to medications that I have taken.
I was on celebrex for the arthritis in my knees but had bad reactions to this, also tried naproxen but the stomache couldn't handle it. Have also been on prednisone about 3 times but it doesn't seem to do much anymore. If anyone has any good excercises that works for them for the fibro, I sure would be interested.

Thanks again.
American Woman

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
There are good stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread.  Also, walking is good.  Swimming is good too, if you have access to a pool.
 
Sherrine
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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