Fibro and Sciatica..

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   Posted 1/28/2011 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
My first post here, really great place :-)
Could i run through some of my symptoms please, in the need of some reassurance!
Last year i was finally diagnosed with fibro, i had been suffering from a lot of pain previously, nerve type pain.  Unfortunatly i also suffer from sciatica, had this for a few years now.  Just wondered if there is anyone else out there with these 2 combined?  Struggling at the mo as they both seem to have hit at the same time, also getting bad neck and face pain. all in all its just too hard to deal with :-(

Thanks all

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   Posted 1/28/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
JimmyM, welcome to this forum. Your symptoms sound so close to my FM symptoms. Yes, I have excruciating right sciatic pain radiating all the way down to my right foot. My lower back hurts sometimes so much, I can barely move. I also have a lot of back of neck pain and lots of headaches and sometimes I feel my jaw and sinus are falling apart from the pain. I am not a smoker and I am not a drinker or do any types of drugs so I know this must be related to FM or something. My Rheumy ran some blood work last week and i find out results on Monday. He thinks although it may not show on my blood work, I may also have RA and FM because of the description of my pain and level of pain. I hope you feel better and thank you for sharing your pain. God Bless and keep me posted. ARe you seeing a Rheumy? What does he/she say? Are you on any meds?

Simplistic007 :-)

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   Posted 1/28/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jimmy, and welcome!  Are you sure you have sciatica or could you have bursitis?  The reason I ask is that I was having hip pain that went down my legs.  My doctor said it was bursitis and that it can be from fibromyalgia.  Both of these are considered rheumatic illnesses.  Here are a couple of links that talk about that.  Maybe this could help you.
I was surprised when he told me this.  I didn't realize it.  Sciatica and bursitis feel very similar.  I'm always learning something new about this illness!
I used to have a lot of lower back pain but it didn't run down my legs.  It sure isn't fun and can be quite debilitating.  I hope it settles down for you.  If it's really bursitis that you have, my doctor has me taking ibuprofen with food to help and it has gotten better for me.
Many on the forum own a Bed Buddy.  You can get these at Walgreen's and other places.  Or you can make your own by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of raw long grain rice and tying a knot at the end.  Then pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat.  This feels wonderful on the sore muscles.  The Bed Buddy lays nicely around your neck, too.  This will help you some.
I use malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements and they help with pain and fatigue, too. 
Be sure to check out Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibromyalgia and you will learn a lot there.  There are links about the supplements I just mentioned in Fibro 101.
I'm glad that you joined our family.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

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   Posted 1/28/2011 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have FMS and trochanter bursitis that memics sciatica. I was given an Rx for an NSAID patch, Flector. It helps alot, but my insurance had to give Prior Authorization.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome! I have fibro and sciatica too. In fact, that is the area (on the left side) where all my pain seems to stem from, no matter what part of my body I'm using. It's been that way for 20 years, and I'm SO sick of it!

...fibromyalgia, hashimoto's thyroiditis, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......daily Nortriptyline, Levothyroxine, & Clonopin, and Tramadol and Midrin as needed

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   Posted 1/29/2011 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jimmy and welcome to our fibro family, Im sorry you are in so much pain right now, we do all understand what it is like to live with pain most of the time. There are a couple of things that help me to get through this and still have an enjoyable life. The first is take one day at a time. We all have bad days but yet there are days where we can feel close to normal. I try not to let the bad ones control me and just tell myself I can do this, I can make it through this day.
Another thing to remember is that you have fibro and sciatica, they do not have you. You are in control of how much you are going to let them effect your life.
I dont have sciatica but I do have severe all over back pain and right now it is doing one of its numbers. My own fault though for going out and shoveling snow the other day. I do know better but it was such a nice day out and it needed to be done. Thankfully I had my daughters help.
I will keep you in my prayers that you feel better soon.
Gentle Hugs
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

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   Posted 1/29/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jimmy,

I too would like to welcome you to the fibromyalgia forum. As you can see you are out numbered by the ladies. But you will find that this is a wonderful group.

I too suffer from sciatica and fibromyalgia. I also have osteo arthritis. and I am in pain a lot. But I manage. It takes awhile to get use to it, but it happens. I haven't had many major flares lately and I count my blessings there. But in the beginning it was horrible. I think too because there is a time when you don't know what is wrong with you it is extra frightening. Then once you get the diagnosis, you have to deal with that. I think that is extremely hard because of the grief period and just plain excepting that there is no cure for this.

I hope that you do get a chance to look at fibro101. It answers a lot of questions and lets you know that you aren't alone in this. There are so many symptoms that it is unreal.

Keep posting and know that we all care. Glad that you joined us, but sorry you are having so much pain. Keep moving forward, one day at a time.

Hugs, Karen
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Free Spirit
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Date Joined Nov 2010
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   Posted 1/30/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jimmy,

Sorry to hear you are in so much pain. I have recently been in a lot of pain too. The key for me to not let it keep from doing the things I want to do. I have sciatica-like symptoms. A doc put me on Skalaxin (sp?), but would not call it sciatica. This was years ago, before the fibro dx. I didn't take any more after the script ran out. It made me loopy! Sometimes it all caves in on me at once...all the spots that hurt the most act up at the same time. Those are the days when I move real slow. Staying in bed only hurts more. Today it is my left leg and arm, neck, and a terrible migraine.

This site is wonderful. Full of people who care and also understand a lot of what you are going thorough. Welcome :-)

Free Spirit

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   Posted 1/30/2011 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jimmy,

I also have sciatica and fibro. Mine started with a pinching, numbing pain in my right toe - 18 months ago and has progressed to my entire right side. I am a badly inflammed sciatica currently and have an apptmt with a spine dr next week. I have been icing the sore spot in my butt. My MRI shows severe narrowing at the L4 L5 area. I am praying if they can fix the sciatica pain perhaps the fibro will go away or be more manageable.
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