Hi Mel, welcome to the family, I'm so sorry you are hurting. There are many
fibromites here who have disc and back problems. I've had surgery and it has
helped some. I understand back pain well. PT was helpful and I do the exercises on
a regular basis. Before getting out of bed I do a series of gentle stretching
and pelvic tilts. This helps stretch the muscles as well, also helping fibro.
Be sure to stretch before you walk. Walking helps strengthen the back and relieves
stress and good for fibro. If you are experiancing sciatica, you don't want to
create anymore inflamation...you need to rest.
I had many fibro symptoms, years before I was diagnosed. It wasn't until after
my back surgery that I was first referred to a rheumy. Sometimes it takes years
to get a diagnosis. Be patient...the main thing is finding someone to treat your
When you go to your appointment, bring alist of all your questions and symptoms.
Check out fibro 101, second thread, page one, there you will find lots of helpful
Good luck to you, I'm glad you have joined us!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,