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hello. i have these pains in my shoulders, shoulder blades and neck. my doctor told me that i have fibromyalgia. he sent me to a masseuse, physiotherapist and even gym works. he gave me some meds for it like mersyndol forte, but none helped. most nights i would have headaches starting from my right frontal section and will spread all throughout my head. i wonder if my headaches and shoulder pains are connected. i'm suffering from these for 7 months now. i went to a pain specialist and suggested that i have an ultrasound. they found out that i have bursitis so they injected me with cortisone. this helped for a while but after a week the pain came back. i really don't know what's wrong. i am stressed out about my condition because i can't function normally. it's a bit depressing because after working, i'd be really sore that i can't do chores at home. i can't even play with my daughter because the pain stops me. i've been to three specialists but none of them can't put a name on it or explain to me what's happening.
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replied January 29th, 2008
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Get an MRI. You may have a herniated disc in your cervical spine. I have one in my C4-C5 with the same symptoms. I also have fibromyalgia, but the symptoms you describe are the ones I have that are disc-related. The treatment, if it's not completely herniated, is a shot of cortisone into the spine. Supposed to help a lot. I wouldn't know, though; I can't have cortisone or any type of steroid.

With fibromyalgia, the pain doctor I went to said he could do nothing for me and sent me on to a rheumatologist. If you have fibromyalgia, this is the type of doctor you should be seeing. I saw a spine specialist about my back; he's the one that ordered the MRI.

I can't work out like normal at a gym, but I do get in as much swim time as I can at our city's therapeutic center in their huge, heated pool. I do a lot of stretching and also daily heat and cold therapy. Also, get plenty of sleep if you have fibro--your body needs a chance to heal every night.
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replied March 19th, 2008
neck and back pain
i have terrible pain in the right side of my back shoulders and neck,i also get very loud cracking and popping from my breast bone it gets very tight and painfull and most days i cant even brush my own hair i have fibro and get terrible pain pretty much everywhere my hips got very bad and i had x-rays on them only to show nothing! i also get very cold hands and toes followed by tingaling and numbing prickley pain in the tips of my toes and hands.
my doctor doesnt really know what to do and neither do i,i feel very tired to the point where even my speech gets slury where i wont to sleep,it even happens if i have had 6-7 hours sleep i just feel shattered.
does anyone else get pains in there colar bones neck and shoulder followed by loud cracking and aching
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replied June 18th, 2013
MY NECK HURTS SO BAD N MY JOINT TOOK ALL THE PILLS I CAN NOT WORKING WHAT SHOULD I DO ITS VERY DEPRESSING I CANT FUNCTION,VERY DEPRESESED N MISERABLE CANT EVEN REST CUZ OF MY KIDS I NEED A CAREGIVER SO BAD
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replied March 19th, 2008
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i agree with design lady. i would get in as soon as you can. the sooner you feel better the sooner you get the rest that you need. do keep us updated
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replied August 25th, 2009
Fibromyalgia shoulder and neck pain
Do get the neck and shoulder pain checked out to see if there is anything there. Make sure there is no soft tissue damage of some kind--only an MRI will show this--not an x-ray. It is also common that people with fibro do not fall into the deep REM sleep mode. That's why you can sleep all night and still sleep the entire next day! Address the sleep problems. I was able to take 1/4 of a flexeril around 6 pm every night and by 9 or 10 I was able to fall asleep. After 3 nights of doing this, I started feeling better. Thank God I didn't have to try sleeping pills that comes with their own set of symptoms/problems. You don't need anymore added to you when you have fibro. Also everyone, watch what you eat--it does matter! Avoid fried foods, processed foods, white bread, caffeine!, and especially junk food and fast food. Just because it is there we do not have to eat it--its killing us! People with fibro have a tendancy to depend on caffiene to keep moving. Eat fresh fruits and veggies, whole grain breads and pastas, avoid coke and diet coke!, grill, broil or bake fish and chicken. Eat nuts. Stretch, soak in hot baths, exercise and sleep. Get your hormones checked (not just the sex hormones)-make sure your metabolism is working correctly. What we eat affects that. Fibro can be controlled without drugs. You just have to find the right doctor to help you. Help yourself! Try to stay positive. People with fibro get depressed and there is plenty of reasons why. Its a day to day struggle. Work with a therapist, an endocrinologist, a rhuematologist, a chiropractor and a nutritionist. Assembly your team and fight. Doctors don't have all the answers! You know your body. Research the way the body works so you can arm yourself with information! Good luck to everyone who hurts. Nobody can truly understand what we go through. The pain is real and so is the emotional baggage that comes with it. Just because we look healthy doesn't mean we aren't sick. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and not people who can and will bring you down. Rise above.
I've had fibro for 10 years and I struggle every day. But I am determined to beat it!
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replied February 26th, 2010
Fibro Issues
I just found out that I have fibromyalgia 2 month ago.. I finally got a diagnosis after 7 months of suffering.. I have excruiating pain.. It's so bad that I go went to the emergency room just to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack... I'm trying to fight it, but its hard.. I barely get sleep, i hurt all the time, I'm constantly fighting anxiety, and w/ the IBS, and digestive issues.. its a lot... I need support.. I have my family, but its nothing like support from someone who is going through it... Thanks for listening!
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replied February 26th, 2010
Fibro Issues
I just found out that I have fibromyalgia 2 month ago.. I finally got a diagnosis after 7 months of suffering.. I have excruiating pain.. It's so bad that I go went to the emergency room just to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack... I'm trying to fight it, but its hard.. I barely get sleep, i hurt all the time, I'm constantly fighting anxiety, and w/ the IBS, and digestive issues.. its a lot... I need support.. I have my family, but its nothing like support from someone who is going through it... Thanks for listening!
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replied November 12th, 2012
Pain from Fibromyalgia?
I am in the process of being tested for arthritis. My rheumatologist ordered a ton of x-rays of all parts of my body I guess to rule out arthritis. I was recommended to him for possible fibromyalgia. I have pain everywhere. The worst is my neck, back and hands. It feels like whiplash, or an electric shock to my head. I always have a stiff neck. My chest cracks, y knee hurts. It's hard for me to hold anything with my hands. I can't take it anymore. I have been dealing with this for about 2 years now, and it is now that I am finally being "tested". I am only 31. I can't sleep, I have constant pain, IBS, incontinence issues, Restless leg syndrome, migranes, you name it, I've been diagnosed with it. I don't know what else to do.
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replied January 17th, 2013
Fibro and Neck
I would recommend trigger point therapy
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replied April 8th, 2013
I too struggle with severe neck and shoulder pain. I havent really found any anwsers for this pain other than soaking in hot baths and ice and heat. Its unbearable at times. I have something for pain and take that we I can take it. Sleep is very hard too due to this. Cant seem to get comfortable. Pillow problems with it. On CPAP too due to all this. I just have learned to take it one day at a time. Fatigue because of poor sleep too. Not sure what to do anymore just look to God. On Cymbalta and sometimes naproxen. No other drugs agree or seem to help. Still looking for resources though. Did try the new treatment with a adjustment kinda like the axis one. Out of pocket though. No monies for continued care there. Not giving up hope. I know with prayer and research we eventually will find answers and better treatment. Thanks and lots of grace to each of you.....
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replied December 9th, 2013
I've had excruciating pain all over my body for a few years now only to be diagnosed with fibromylgia 6 months ago. I have always been late for work because once I wake up, I was so afraid to move and feel really bad pain in all my joints & muscles. Until my doctor prescribed gabapentin, I have no problem getting up in the morning, I can even stretch out my body before i get out of bed without being afraid. Gabapentin doesn't help with my neck/shoulder pain and my hands & feet pain though. Xrays show there is nothing wrong with my neck and blood test says I don't have rheumatoid arthritis. I try to get a massage every couple of weeks to get a little bit of relief but it is so expensive & relief only last for a day or two Sad
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replied December 9th, 2013
I've had excruciating pain all over my body for a few years now only to be diagnosed with fibromylgia 6 months ago. I have always been late for work because once I wake up, I was so afraid to move and feel really bad pain in all my joints & muscles. Until my doctor prescribed gabapentin, I have no problem getting up in the morning, I can even stretch out my body before i get out of bed without being afraid. Gabapentin doesn't help with my neck/shoulder pain and my hands & feet pain though. Xrays show there is nothing wrong with my neck and blood test says I don't have rheumatoid arthritis. I try to get a massage every couple of weeks to get a little bit of relief but it is so expensive & relief only last for a day or two Sad
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