Pain is being invistigated more now than ever before and they are developing new and better ways of treating it, and a great part of unraveling pain and how it works is understanding the brain and nervous system and how it really works, and they have come along way in doing that, but they have very long way to go!
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ten years ago I was told I also had Fibromyalgia, and I was sent down to Barnes in St. Louis, to see a neurologist, I was told he was also a professor at the med school. He told me that he did not believe that there was such a thing as Fibromyalgia, it was a made up diagnoses, and people that were diagnosed with it, if they wanted the pain to go away it would! It was all in there minds! I drove over 5 hours to go to that appointment, and he told me I was making it all up, it was all in my mind! For crying out loud he didn't even look at any of my medical records! I was so mad I walked out on him! A few minutes later he rode down on the same elevator with me, and I told him about
my bad disc, and he said well maybe that was causing my pain, but it sure wasn't Fibromyalgia!, and that is what was on the referral! I can't tell you what I wanted to do that guy! I was so mad, and going back home we had an ice storm, and what was a 5 hour trip going there, took over 12 hours going back! Now Fibromyalgia is an accepted diagnoses, but I don't suppose that old Doctor is even around any more!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV