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   Posted 7/27/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
just me
It seems as if every time i go to a Dr. I end up with another diagnosis. This time it was TMJ so now I have to go to the dentist for a mouth piece.

about a month ago it was fibromyalgia , any way after trying several meds. Lyrica seems to work on my generalized pain. I still have problems with my lower back. I know its arthritis but I don't know if the lyrica was supposed to help that. Do you think it is something I should mention to my doctor I don't think a higher dose of lyrica will help that. What do you suggest, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I can't take over the counter drugs because I have a rare liver disease.


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   Posted 7/27/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi June, just a thought but if it is arthritis in your lower back cortisone shots might help it. Something for you to talk to your doctor about anyways. Cortisone shots never helped with my fibro, but I have osteoarthritis in my knees and I havent had to have a repeat of the cortisone shots in over 5 years. Hope you find some relief soon.
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   Posted 7/27/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi June,

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. So much coming at you all at once. It can be hard to know what to do in situations like this.

Shirley mentioned cortizone shots - my mother got those from a rheumatologist for bursitis and arthritis in her hips, and I think maybe once in her knee, too. It works on the inflammation.

It is timely that you're asking about TMJ - as another member has a topic about this right now, too. If you can not afford the custom made bite guard, you might want to do a little research online about the various over the counter guards, print them off and show them to the dentist. If you tell him, "look, I can't afford yours, would any of these harm me, could I try this first?" There are many different types out there - some need to be molded to your mouth by first getting it warm and then biting into it - but some models are used as is with no shaping necessary. Worth considering at least.

We're all thinking of you.
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