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   Posted 8/9/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
hi guys,
I wish i could get back to the happyish healthyish person i was last year and offer some advice for a change here rather than moaning all the time.
I'm in ireland and we haven't got the resources you've got in other countries, our minister for health is an alcoholic...what more can i say!
Anyway, i've been to doc to say i can't deal with the pain anymore and it's a viciuos circle of not being able to work and then not being able to afford physio etc.
I have spinal arthritis and was told i also have a bulging disc on my right side, the thing is i am now getting repetitive strain in my neck, shoulder and arm any time i do more than something a few times with me right side. Writing this is causing pain as i type.
I strained my sciatic nerve last week and that's healing fine but if it's caused my something like a bulging disc then can't that be fixed.
I'm really struggling with the fact any doctor i've seen just doesn't give a crap, maybe i'm just full of anger and that's causing all my problems. Fibro doesn't exist  in ireland so i am continually told i am just naturally enough that is exactly what i am.
I really don't see any way to help myself as i'm doing everything i can. I don't even know what i'm trying to say here. Jesus....I give up...
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.

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   Posted 8/9/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Boo32,

Sorry to hear you are in so much pain. I also deal with sciatica, but not at often
or as severe as in the past. It was so severe that my right foot dragged on the ground.
I had back surgery, lumbar laminectomy and this fixed my foot and really helped with
the sciatica. Back issues are tricky. There are no guarantees when it comes to surgery.
I was on Vicodin, a strong pain killer for six months. I have degenerative disc disease.
I really hope that you are able to find a doctor who is willing to help you. DON'T GIVE UP!
Ask your friends for referals. I went through plenty doctors till I found one who truly cared.

Hoping you find pain relief very soon:)

 possible MCTD, Raynauds, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
 Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis, High Blood Pressure, Migranes and
 Pseudothrombocytopenia, biopsy shows a Scleroderma variant
 MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella, Boniva,Lisinopril, Folic Acid, Flexeril, and
 Vitamin Supplements

Post Edited (crazykitty) : 8/9/2009 1:25:42 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/9/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Boo...I have a doctor that cares but no health insurance so I don't know which is worse!  I have had bad sciatica pain for months that kicks up at night when I am laying down and have started doing some exercises to see if I can release the nerve that apparently is trapped somewhere in one of my disc compressions.

All I can do is sympathize with you, and understand the frustration.  I should have another MRI and CAT scan to see if the bulging discs and stenosis are worse,  but with no's a joke in this economy.  I'm sick of draggng my leg around.

Don't give whatever you can to seek  proper care. some doctors in the states fibro doesn't exist either.  We're just a bunch of whining hypochondriacs.



fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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   Posted 8/9/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Boo, the right side of my body is my worst side.  Everything happens on my right side!  I have pain in my back, shoulders, and ribs but they are worse on my right side.  I have a curvature in my spine and I think that's part of it.  I have a huge hernia in the right side of my abdomen.  I have vericose veins on my right leg only.   I have sciatic pain in my right hip.  It's really unreal!  But, that's the way it goes for my body.  Sounds like we are twins!  smhair
I had a light massage on Friday and talked to my massage therapist about sciatic nerve pain and she gave me some exercises to help me and I've passed it along to friends.  She has the same problem to the point she was limping but this helps her.  This is what she does to stop the pain.  Maybe these will help you too.  Be careful, though, because of your back.  If you try this, I would suggest to only do what is comfortable for you.   
Lay down on the bed on your back.  Slowly bend your leg at the knee and draw it towards your chest.  Clasp your hands around your leg right below the knee and draw your leg as close to your chest as you can.  You will have some discomfort.  You might not even be able to get your leg to  your chest but that is fine.  Once you have your leg there, count to 5 slowly and then slowly lower  your leg down.  Don't just straighten your leg out quickly.  Do this 5 times.  Then do the same thing with the other leg to keep things in balance.
Then, lay on your stomach on the bed.  Have half of you on the bed with one leg down on the floor.  Take the leg that is on the bed and bend your foot back so you can grab  your ankle.  Pull your leg like you are trying to touch your butt with your foot.  You will feel the muscles in the front of your thigh being pulled.  Pull this until you feel it and count to 5 slowly and then relax.  Do this 5 times also and also do this with the other leg.
These are supposed to help with the sciatic nerve.  Then, when you go to bed, have a pillow under your knees so your knees are bent some.  When you sleep on  your side, have the pillow between your knees.
I can just imagine the frustration you are having but getting yourself tied up in knots over it isn't helping at all.  That can make your pain worse.  We can try to help you as much as possible and just keep working with your doctors.  Go to the Fibro 101 thread and print out some information about fibro in there.  There is an especially good thread called Doctors Respond to New York Times Article.  I'd print it out the two links in that thread and give it to your doctor after you have a discussion about fibromyalgia with him/her.  This might help you to get your doctor to see that this is not all in your head!
I hope you have a much better day tomorrow. 

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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/9/2009 4:58:21 PM (GMT-6)

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