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   Posted 5/3/2009 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
My sister was just diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I know I could look through all the postings to research this, but I thought this would be quicker.

She is in severe pain, burning sensation down her arms, legs, etc...The doctor put her on Lyrica and she says it seems to be giving her some relief. She has floaters, and says when she rubs her arms, she can feel little lumps under the skin.

We live in a little town so currently, just our family PCP is treating her. What type of a specialist should she be seeing? I thought a rheumatologist, but I am from the Crohn's forum and new to Fibro. Has anyone found any instant relief from the burning, such as massage therapy on the pressure points?

Any info you can give me, I would appreciate. I am going to send her this link so she can talk to people who suffer the same symptoms.

Thanks so much for you help!

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   Posted 5/3/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, a rheumatologist is a thought, also some of us go to a pain specialist, but it sounds like her doctor is treating her appropriately with the lyrica. I know it helps me tremendously. My pain is mostly in my legs and feet and the lyrica seems to help with the pain. I also have to take percocet for the pain. Now, a lot of doctors feels that narcotics don't help with fibromyalgia pain, but I disagree with that. I see a pain specialist and before that I saw a rheumatologist for years.

Hope this helps somewhat. Best of luck to you and to her. You're a great sister for trying to help

God bless,

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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Instant relief?? Oh wouldn't that be wonderful!!! Nope, unfortunately nothing works that well for fibro. Soaking in a warm bath can be helpful, especially if you're fortunate enough to have a whirlpool, but even then the relief is short-lived.

Your sister will get a lot of help from this forum. I'm relatively new here and it has really been a godsend for me to be able to talk with people who understand what it's like to live with this crazy condition.

Welcome, both to you and your sister!
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Endometriosis, Hypothyroidism, Psoriasis, Asthma, Cholecystectomy
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   Posted 5/8/2009 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks so much for your input. she said the warm bath didn't make a difference. her blood work came back. her blood count is really low, so they're doing more tests.

Sylvia Delisle
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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia by three of the several doctors i saw within five years.  However, it was apparent that my aches and pains were at there worst when I was dealing with constipation.  Constipation was chronic and created inflammation throughout my body.  Body aches as well as sinus problems, tinnitus, pressure in my ears and inflammation behind my eyes were ongoing problems that were at their peak the longer I remained contipated.  I ate the right foods, drank the right amount of water, took every supplement recommended, even went through IV metal chelation.  When I did in fact go to the bathroom the transformation in my body was amazing.  I spent more time in bed then out for five years and saw a number of specialist in every area, spent time with an ND, saw a psychiatrist, and met with numerous alternative specialists.  Read something online that has changed my life.  There is a reason they call your gut your second brain, it creates 90% of the serotinin in our system.  I had an amino acid test done and the precruser for serotonin was at 30%.  I stared with 200 mg of zoloft (which has an active ingrediant that helps with constipation) split it up a.m and p.m..   I have a bowel movement every day and my body aches are yesterdays news.  However,, i still have a problem with tinnitus and also am seeing someone to balance my seratonin and dopamine (taking too much of one alters the other.).  I have no hint of fibromyalgia or CFS at this time and am now back to work. You may have difficutly convincing  traditional doctor to try this avenue for you.  They just don't buy it.  I had to convince my G.I.  Her office is amazed at the success zoloft has brought (I was considering a partial colon removal on top of having symptoms of fibro).  good luck
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