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   Posted 3/19/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all, I don't have a GP or insurance, so going to the doctor is difficult. I was officially diagnoised with Fibro a few years ago but I'm fairly certain I've had it since I was about 15 (28 now).
My symptoms range from general pain, fatigure, muscle weakness, etc and of course these symptoms are enhanced when I'm highly stressed out.
For the past couple of weeks, I've been experiencing tingling and slight numbness in the middle of my back (like my ribs) accompanied by pain. It almost feels like my back needs to pop or something but there is no relief or let-up. I don't know if this is a fibro symptom or not. If it is, then I can go back trying to relax and just waiting for the darn thing to subside on it's own but if it's something else...
I do have this chiropractor that I see on occassion and was wondering if he could possibly fix this problem I've been having. It just started all of a sudden with the tingling and the wierd that it could just be Fibro but again I'm frightened by any new symptoms.
When I get highly stressed out, sometimes I get these odd symptoms that just end up going away after I calm down.
Anyway, I'm hoping that some of you can help me...

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 3/19/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, welcome to a great forum and I am glad that you are here. I believe you will find this forum an amazing resource and a people who care and are always ready to help. What you describe is familiar to me, you didn't say if your tingle and numbness is more on one side than another, but I have had that same type of thing for a long time. Finally I met a wonderful massage therapist who got all that to release and I am not suffering with it now. Mine had lots to do with posture, a bad back that made me overcompensate by using other spots badly, and bad desk chairs :) Sometimes I felt that if I could open my chest, I would see a huge burned hole right through my lung. The bad area was numb and it burned at the same time, it was bad, mostly on the left side but also on the right. Perhaps you could find a massage therapist- I know it can be high, but they work so hard. Maybe you can talk with them about your situation and they can help you find a way to pay for it. Good luck and again welcome- keep posting!
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   Posted 3/19/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I should have mentioned that. It's on the right side of my back. I could almost tolerate the tingling and burning but it's the pain that frightens me. It's been on-going for two weeks, just chronic. I think I've been stressing myself out about it a good deal because I don't know about you but my Fibro tends to grab a hold of whatever symptom I'm feeling at the time and will move it to another location of my body.
I've never been to a massage therapist but it certain sounds like a good idea. My posture is also horrendous! The chiropractor took an x-ray of my back and said that my posture was horrible and my spine is too straight. I imagine that this is causing some of the discomfort anyway.
Thanks for the warm welcome. I think maybe it'll be easier to vent here than to my husband or friends. They all try to be supportive but I'm sure they're all tired of hearing me go on about how crappy I feel.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BlueRoses, it is very nice to meet you.  Welcome to this wonderful forum, it is full of wonderful, caring & knowledgable people.  It sounds like your back being straight could be the culprit.  I worked in an office for alot of years & a chiropractor showed me an xray of my neck & it was straight due to sitting at a desk looking at a computer screen all day.  I had a very weird tingling & pulling like sensation in my neck & shoulders.  Once I had the treatment & slept with a rolled up towel under my neck for awhile it felt better.  The side that hurt & tingled was opposite of the direction my spine was curving so that is why it felt like it was pulling & numb.  So when I feel that tingling, numbness I know I need to roll up a towel & put it under my neck.  I also will use my Bed Buddy, I put it in the microwave for a moist warm roll to lay on.  It really helps the pain.  You can make one with a sock filled with rice & tie of the end.  Heat it 1-3 minutes depending on your microwave watts.  It may help your back, moist heat helps my Fibro pain alot.  I would suggest going either to a gp or chiropractor to have it checked out though.  It is easy to say it's Fibro or your back is out but better to really find out.  Once again welcome, come back often, hugs, Denise

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   Posted 3/20/2009 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi...I have a lot of numbness/tingling/pain in my back and legs. I have horrible posture do to scoliosis and I know that doesn't help.  Sitting here at the computer right now, I feel a tingling crawling around the middle of my back.  My legs tingle all the time.  I just chalk it up to fibro.  That's the thing with this disease...every time some new symptom pops up, the anxiety sets in.  I am forever wondering if the doc has missed something.  BTW...I don't have health insurance at the moment either and that only adds to the anxiety because I know it will cost a fortune to have more tests run.



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   Posted 3/20/2009 2:00 PM (GMT 0)   
Hi Blueroses and welcome. I'm glad you found us and your family will be too. smilewinkgrin I keep saying my DH has no idea how lucky he is that I have this forum to vent on instead of telling him all my fibro problems when he gets home at night. He should be sending all of you flowers. tongue
After all these years I think I have felt about everything fibro can throw at me but nope, I still get new pain or feelings from it. As long as it is in the muscles or joints I don't get concerned about it, I know it will move on with time. I have a great massage shower head with a pulse setting that works great on spasms and tingling.
Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains lots of great info. Read, ask questions and we are here for you.
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   Posted 3/20/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blueroses,

I too would like to welcome you to the fibromyalgia forum. I am so glad that you have found us. As you can see, there are many wonderful members here with a wealth of information. Just being able to come here to vent helps a lot. At least you know that you are not alone.

I too would like to mention the thread fibro101. I think that you will find it helpful to read.

Best wishes to a wonderful painfree day.

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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome I have the same problem in my back spine area adn I had an MRI and I have arthritis in my spine. So I am sure that with fibro and arthritis it is a combination that does this to me I also get the tingling in my hands and legs,

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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Blue!!

Welcome to the Fibro Forum!!

I have alot of back problems and your symptoms sound like it could be coming from the thorasic (sp?) part of your back .. could be a pinched nerve.  I'd check with the Chiropractor first.

Hope you have some luck with getting it straightened out.. I know its scary. 

Take care,

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   Posted 3/20/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Blueroses, and welcome!  You have come to a good place.  We have great members that really love to help one another and also really do care about each other,too.
What you are describing could be fibro or it could be your back.  I, too, have scoliosis and I really try to watch my posture.  If I don't, my back will hurt more.  Muscle pain, tingling, etc., is a symptom of fibromyalgia.
You have been already directed to the Fibro 101 thread.  You will find links to a lot of good info there about fibro.  Read back posts and ask questions because we are here to try to help you.  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/25/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
*sighs* So yeah I should have gone to the doctor by now but...I maybe I could just stick it out or it would disappear or something. Again, I don't know if these new symptoms could be due to just my high anxiety level but I still fear the worst case scenario which keeps me from going to the doctor like I should.

The tingling/numbness/pain in the middle of my back is still present and it's like whatever it is has spread through my whole body (kind of like how Fibro initially started). There's numbness/tingling in my arms, legs, fingers,'s just's also like a twitching sensation and there's absolutely no relief from it.

I'm also experiencing these tension headaches more...almost like some kind of pressure which I also experience in my arms, legs, etc. And everything is popping (mainly my joints and arms) And sometimes there is an intermittent stinging sensation in my legs.
I still wish to God I had never googled anything a few months back because I'm still scared it could be Cancer or something. :(

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   Posted 6/25/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   


i'm also new and would like to say hi and let you know that i have the same problem too. It has flared up badly lately due to severe stress and the pain, burning and tingling goes down my right arm.

I can't type for long and sitting at the computer really aggravates my neck and back.

I have spinal arthritis, leemadd said the same. It's an additional problem to fibro,  maybe it's worth having that checked too.

Take care,

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   Posted 6/25/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a chiropractic issue to me. I go on a fairly regular basis and without it, I don't know where I would be.
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   Posted 6/25/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! If your town has a massage school--they usually offer very reduced prices for a decent massage by one of their senior students. Good tip if you are low on most of us right now! smilewinkgrin

Be gentle with yourself,
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