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   Posted 7/31/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having an ex-ray done on my back Monday. I can feel the disk in the middle of my back is...I don't even have a word for it....twing! It feels like it's gonna bust like a guitar string. I also get the most random almost like mini explosions in the disk that sends shockwaves up and down my is normally when I'm sitting, but thankfully I don't get that pain very often. But it takes my breath away every time. Any ideas what could be going on? Is this common to Fibro? I almost hope they find something this time.....cause all of my tests except for 2 have come back abnormal and I've had like a zillion tests....

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   Posted 7/31/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ugh, I know, it's so frustrating! Just have to plow ahead, I guess. Fibro can cause so many weird sensations, and not the same in any 2 people, so....wish I could tell you what's going on. Be sure to let us know the x-ray results. We do care.

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   Posted 7/31/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Will let ya'll know what they find. For now the Lyrica has kicked in, so I'm ok for now. YAY!!! For Lyrica!!

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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Back problems... disc problems will continue to do strange things until the nerve
impingement is gone. Have you had a MRI?

I have degenerative disc disease and have had chiropractic help and physical therapy.
It wasn't until I had back surgery that I was able to get some relief. My worst area
is the lumbar region, although I have problems in my entire spine. When there is
nerve pressure, it feels like electric zingers. Hope you can find some relief.
Taking a muscle relaxer has helped that type of pain. Keep us posted!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
UGG.... for years I thought that if I could just get rid of the back issues all the pain would go away. I also have degeneratve disc disease and have had issues in my back for the last 20 years. electrical pain that unless you have it you can't understand it and so many other pains to go with it. I did not get any relief until I had back surgery, lower back. Almost 2 years post surgery now and I am so glad I did it, but nothing lasts forever I guess, I have been having those pains, the zingers again, low back into left buttok and down left leg.

I hope you find relief for the back. I think you are probably dealing more with a disc issue/nerve than the fibro in this situation.

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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Everyone's suggestions so far have been good. I've had two back injury/accidents and can relate to your pain. My b/f blew out a couple disks lifting weights when he was in the military. Both of us found incredible relief when we started doing exercises created for healing the back - safe gentle yoga type stuff. Even my physical therapist said to me that it is possible to heal a bulging disk and other problems without surgery - if you use the right sort of techniques/exercises, it just takes a long time.

Another thought on the pain - my elderly mother was having those sorts of pains when they discovered she fractured her vertebrae. They gave her pain meds, extra heavy duty prescription vit D, and a nasal spray for osteoporosis that helps the bone rebuild (myacalcin - I think it is spelled). She's been able to get around well while healing. And within a few weeks she began feeling perfectly fine again.

Just another thought on what it might be.

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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffered from back pain for years until I learned how to get in and out of bed and my car properly!  I know that sounds crazy, but it really has helped me over the years.  I went through chiropractics, orthopedic specialists, back braces, and cortisone shots in my back to relieve the pain and nothing worked until I startd doing this. 
First of all, I do not sleep flat on my back because it makes my back hurt more.  I don't sleep on my stomach either.  I sleep on my sides with a pillow wedged behind my back.  This way, I can partially be on my back but have support.  That helps me.  I also get out of bed using a cane.  I roll on my side, draw my legs up in a sitting position so the legs are actually hanging over the floor, and then I push off with the cane.  Gravity will bring your legs down and you will be pulled to a sitting position without using your back muscles.
When getting in and out of a car, sit on the seat with your feet on the pavement.  Then, either using the seat or the steering wheel, swivel your feet into the car while keeping your back straight.  I buy cars with leather seats because they are slippery.  But, when I rent a car and get cloth seats I had to come up with another idea...and I did!  I get a garbage bag and a towel.  I lay the garbage bag on the seat and the towel over it.  Then I do the above.  The garbage bag and towel let  your rear end swivel like you were on a lazy susan!  LOL  Just reverse the above to get out of the car.
Don't use your back muscles when you are lifting things up.  Use your legs instead.  By doing the above things, my back rarely hurts me now...not counting the fibro pain.  I hope these suggestions will help you, too!

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