back pain/ fibro?

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   Posted 12/11/2008 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
i had three months of physical therapy over the summer for lower back pain... basically i was told if i didn't keep up the exercise i would go right back to my pain. anyways because of what i now to be fibro, i can't push myself the way i did a few years ago... so working out the way she wanted was just too hard. i know i did the WRONG thing, but i kind of quit working out and i'm now looking for alternatives (like this awesome therapy heated pool and the local ymca). anyways my main point is that i started getting back pain back, but its not JUST in my back... its pretty much in my whole body with the worst in my shoulders, back, and all down my legs. i am starting to wonder... the spine doctor never could find anything wrong with my back, but i was sent to pt anyways. could this have been fibro all along? does fibro flare up in the lower back?

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   Posted 12/11/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   

I do have issues with my lower back but I've had two drs tell me the fibro is making my other issues worse feeling then they should be.

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   Posted 12/11/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
oh, yes. i have awful low back pain that radiates out through my hips. it's especially bad first thing in the morning when the body is all stiff and sore. i've always assumed it was fibro related since i've never suffered a bad back injury and the problem is worse during a flare. i've never seen a dr. for it, though, just rely on heat and anti inflammatory meds. have you tried seeing a chiropractor for it? i've heard they can do wonders as long as they are familiar with fibro and don't push too hard.

hope you get to feeling better soon!


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   Posted 12/11/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, this could be fibro.  My back and shoulders hurt all of the time and sometimes radiate down my legs.  Gentle stretching is good as well as walking.  Some fibromites can do more than that but don't do something that will increase the pain.  Your body will tell you what it can handle!  The heated therapy pool sounds heavenly!
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my oh my, yes.  Fibro in my lower back is brutal.  I get pain down my entire spine, shoulder blades, both hips and down my legs into my knees.  The lower back is really bad for me.  Best thing for me to do is to keep moving.  If I sit too long, it seizes up and I'm in a lot of pain. 
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   Posted 12/11/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh fibro in my back. It was what lead my doctors to give me the diagnosis. It's mainly on the right side of my lower back but it can go up to my shoulders, my neck and down into my hips.
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   Posted 12/11/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
wow thanks!
i actually left out that the pain all started in the right side of my back and its moves into my hips also! crazy that yall explained these extra symptoms!!
i am starting the heated therapy pool class tomorrow or saturday! i will let yall know how it does! :)

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   Posted 12/11/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the exact same thing. Excruciating lower back pain that radiated thru my hips and down thru my legs. I ended up finding out that it was not due to my fibro but actually due to my pelvic muscles spasming, which you can't even feel. Because of the spasms, things started rotating and the spine and hips kind of followed which is why I had such awful pain. I'm in PT for it right now. I've been having this issue for a year and didn't know if it was the fibro or part of the endometriosis. I luckily had an awesome endo specialist I just started seeing who referred me to physical therapy because he could tell upon physical examination that my muscles were spasming.
I would make sure to ask the doctor about your symptoms, just to be safe. You don't want to blame everything on fibro but it's also hard to know when NOT to.

Hope you have a comfortable day :-)

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   Posted 12/11/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I always have back spasms. In addition, my back and hips hurt due to fibro.

Recently I was given zanaflex a muscle relaxant and boy does it work for me. Of course I take more meds that just the zanaflex but I finally have a combination that puts my pain on a 4 in a 1 - 10 scale. I find it amazing, I have not felt this good in a long time.

Now, I hope this lasts.


Oh, I swim everyday. It helps but oes not get rid of most of the pain.
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