Thanks everyone for your kind, and helpful replys, and for the warm welcome.
Chartruex, thanks for the suggestions. This doctor I have now has only been filling in because the one before him moved away. So soon I will be meeting yet another PCP. I was referred to see a rheumy when I asked, but can't get in till March of 2011. Crazy I know.
straydog, as I told chartruex I am going to see a rheumy, The appt is so far off I will be calling alot to see if they have any cancelations. Thanks for your input. I will get copies of my tests, thats a good idea. I had a feeling this PCP did not even read the whole report from my MRI, cause he barely seen it for the first time when I was there. I didn't know what to think. He mumbled something about the colors red and yellow, when I asked what he meant, he said it looks good, you do not have arthritis in your hips. about the bulged disks, so do you think they usually do not cause pain unless they are herniated or pinching a nerve? I'm only asking your opinion, do you think this is the case? What you said about doctors not telling patients the results of an MRI sounds very likely to me. I have read many stories on these forums about doctors not being up front, or saying there is nothing wrong with someone when there really was. I find that so sad. I wonder if these doctors realize their attitude can cause even more pain and suffering. I do take Flexeril at night for the fibro, it helps some with sleep problems. My PCP who dx me with the fibro, and osteo tried Savella on me, but it made me really naueaus. I choose not to try Lyrica, my hubby takes it, and it has such awful side affects, one being the weight gain. that would be depressing to deal w/weight gain on top of everything else. I have also been on many different antidepressants. They all made me sick, plus I had terrible bouts of Seratonin syndrome with 2 of them. the last one I the doctor gave me was Elavil, I asked him, can it cause SS, he sat there and looked it up right then, said no. So I checked myself before I filled the rx, it can cause it w/ the Tramadol! All you told me was so helpful. Thanks, and i'll let you know what happens next.
Dani hi, it's good to meet you too. Yes i had a bone density, it came back fine, maybe because I have been on calcium supplements since my early 30s. But you know, the hip pain does feel like a deep ache. I am almost certain it is Osteo. It's very gradually gotten worse over the years, and now it's like I said pain with every step. I think it's Osteoarthritis in my joints.
I can't take any kind of anti-inflammatories that have Ibuprofen in them, no insaids or aspirin of any kind. I took them so much (for back pain ) for many years, and now my kidneys can't handle them. So I may want to try the Relafen if there's no ibuprofen or aspirin like products in it? the Arnica gel sounds like something worth trying to. i wonder if you can get it from puritans pride, I get some other supplements from them, they have good sales alot. Thank you dani for the nice welcome, and the suggestions.
francis, thanks so much for your help too. A pain specialist is something I am starting to consider, and I'm sure it would help to strengthen those back muscles. I just hate the idea of having to take narcotics, but I can see it happening sometime in the near future. How wonderful for you that you found such a nice and understanding doctor. I can see how it would be life changing. I honestly do not believe my doctor, and am glad he is being replaced, I go to a medical center where I can be on a sliding scale as I have no insurance. I quit my job about a year and a half ago because of the terrible pain, and fatigue, (just found out about the fibro in March of this year) also bad back pain. Actually my back hurts in the lumbar, middle, and upper, but I've only had an MRI of the lumbar section. Gee it sounds like you are dealing with so much1 I hope you have found ways that really help you. Chronic pain can really wear you out, I know i do not have to tell any of you that. My heart does go out to all of you.
Thanks for listening everyone, I know its long, and sorry about that. It seems hard to put all of this in a few short sentences. I know some people are good at that, wish I were, lol. I've read some on this site, and it looks like a very close, and caring group. Thanks again, hope you all have a good, low pain night.