Posted 8/4/2006 6:19 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, I am new to this forum.
Have had OA for a while now and it's now what my doctor terms "chronic". So I have entered into the chronic pain area. Also have "multiple pain syndrome". My primary and I think fibromyalgia along with the OA. And it has all flared up in the past three months. Been to a rheumatologist he was an idiot (clinical investigator, a 6 page form of medical history for me and all blood relatives, you must be kidding? I have 7 brothers and sisters and cousins everywhere) He ordered blood work like he had stock in the laboratory. My primary care physician could not believe the blood work he ordered, Urine, Hep B, Hep C, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic (ANCA), Beta-2 Glycoproterin, Anticardiolip Ab, Complement C4, C3, Protein Electro S, Lupus Anticoagulant Reflex and HLA B 27. It's all normal except for Hep B which has high antibodies, I have been vacinated.
My own primary did the Sed Rate, Lyme and so on.
Been to a neurologist and I am just humoring him until he releases me at the next visit because I am sure from my MRI results he is now going to tell me that the neuropathy and other aches and pains are pretty much in my head. Which by the way I now know is not empty and does contain a brain because he ordered an MRI, but it is "unremarkable". I resent that phrase. The lumbar MRI he ordered is as expected, but I now have 3 bulging discs instead of the two original ones from 2 years ago. It's boring sometimes to keep seeing "bulging". Well only L1-2 are normal, the remaining lumber is at varying stages of degeneration, facets, anterolisthesis, foraminal stenosis and so on. The neurologist said take some ibuprofen. He did the EMGs and NCVs, nothing abnormal. Hmm, why do I have numbness and pins and needles, why do my legs go numb when I lay on my back? Starts with my toes and works it's way up to just above my knees. I don't do that anymore at first it was interesting and then it was freaky.
So the C-spine is also a mess with stenosis and facets and so on.
What really made me go this time were the headaches, I couldn't stand the headaches. Every bone and muscle in my body aches. From the tippy top of my head to my toes. All at once, every joint. But those headaches are a killer. The neurologist says it's migraine and my primary and I are sure it's from the neck. They are occipital, they smolder in the background, most times I wake up with one, as soon as I open my eyes I know it's going to be a stay in bed kind of day. I have been loosing days. I am not sensative to light, I am not sensative to noise and the only reason I get nausea is because I have emptied the contents of my medicine cabinet into my stomach. Anyone else get the headaches. I stopped taking all the stuff out of the medicine cabinet since my primary gave me vicodin for the headaches. I have the migraine stuff but I don't like the adverse events that are listed. I am taking elavil, 25 mg at bedtime to sleep.
I have PT scheduled, what can they do for me? Anybody been for PT? I am afraid that they might snap one of those osteophytes in my neck and I won't walk out on my own. That's why I have avoided chiropracters for this. Fear of a snapped neck or back.
I was using an inversion table regularly but then everything got worse, I have told the doctors about using the table but they don't really say anything. Should I go back to it?