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i'm in denial

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 26, 2006
  • 07:31 AM

a few Drs. hve dx. me w/ fibromyalgia, I have heard this is a sympton of depression, and though I believe we all @ one time or another get depressed I don't live depressed all the time, I love life my kids and being out and about,jt sking, boating,dancing ect. which Iam limited dueto the eternal back aches and
painonhips and legs, Ihavebeennafew major car acidents and have had a bad slip and fall, I blame my painontis causes not on depression,which is why I don't agree w/the drs. @ Drs.have told me I have 2 or 3 herniated discs and a few others told me my back is excellent what should Ido? whom do I beleive?

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  • Check out www.askdrweil.com for lots of good information. Look in your phone book and the Internet for a doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome. They seem to go hand-in-hand. I have had several doctors pat me on the head and say, "Oh, your just depressed!" And you know where I want to kick them, don't you?????? I'm still looking for my wonder-doctor, but I have learned that EVEN THOUGHT WE ARE NOT DEPRESSED- one of the treatments that seems to help is very mild doses of anti-depressants. The doses are too small to even help real depression but seem to help our symptoms for some reason, especially if you have trouble sleeping, like I do. Good luck.
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  • By all means find another Doctor, either a Rheumatologist or Infectious Disease Specialist. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 12 years ago. It is true that some people do have depression but this is true of all illnesses not just these so don't let them lay this on you. Go to the Fibromyalgia website and CFIDS website for more information about both syndromes. There is alot of information out there. In the meantime, hang in there and be sure to stretch your muscles each day, water exercise is great for this. Take a multi-vitamin and DHEA has been recommended along with Co-enzyme 12 and fish oil. Keep your stress down for your muscles so they don't tense as much. You are not alone. Check your area for support groups and water exercise groups for fibro suffers at your local pools, YWCA,etc. There is life after this diagnosis to still lead a good quality of life once you have the tools. Best Wishes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2006
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  • beside the above also have a rhumitologist or neurologist check you for MyoFascial Pian Synrrome. Please do this. It's simular to Fibro but the mechanisims are different and MFP is actually worse and its more progressive.good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
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  • a few Drs. hve dx. me w/ fibromyalgia, I have heard this is a sympton of depression, and though I believe we all @ one time or another get depressed I don't live depressed all the time, I love life my kids and being out and about,jt sking, boating,dancing ect. which Iam limited dueto the eternal back aches and painonhips and legs, Ihavebeennafew major car acidents and have had a bad slip and fall, I blame my painontis causes not on depression,which is why I don't agree w/the drs. @ Drs.have told me I have 2 or 3 herniated discs and a few others told me my back is excellent what should Ido? whom do I beleive? I am so sick of dr's telling people its depression. You know yourself best. If it is fibromyalgia, you need to look into diet. My cousin has it and she went to a nutritionalist. It has helped. good luck!
    horsecrazy1 8 Replies
    • October 23, 2006
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  • Not all people with fibromyalgia have depression, and many of us have depression only from being in pain all the time. Also, herniated discs can be easily seen on an MRI. Demand an MRI and have a knowledgeable doctor interpret it for you.I discovered I have 2 torn discs via MRI (didn't show up on X-Ray) and am now getting treatment for that, which is helping.
    2silverwings 9 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
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  • I was diagnosed with CFS 8 years ago and I am interested to find some more info from the post who has CFS and Fibro... How where you diagnosed with both? Did you have tests etc?Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 02:05 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 3 years ago after being in pain for 6 years. I tried everything with no relief untill I seen an Upper Cervical Chiropractor. I fell about 15 years ago and the 1st bone in my neck got twisted and was crushing my brain stem. This was causing all of the pain in my hips, the tinggling in my arms and legs, the migrains and a whole host of other problems. This is the only thing that has ever helped me. Do some research on Brain Stem Subluxation on the internet and see if there is a upper cervical specialist, not a regualar chiroprator in your area.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • Try out an osteopath who has experience in sport injuries. With the injuries you body has been through it is little wonder you don't feel too hot, these things catch up with us. Those slipped discs really need to be seen to!!After this, a visit to an experienced, one on one, pilates instructor may be helpful to show you the correct way to stand and sit when you have suffered injuries. When injuries occur, we tend to overcompensate other parts of our body to make up for the lose of strength or mobility in a body part and this can have terrible ramificatings years later. Pilates can help this.X-rays and CTs can be pretty useless in detecting a lot of more subtle things, MRI's are needed.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
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  • keep searching for another doctor. there are good ones out there. at first i was told i had MS. then after 2 spinal taps and lots of MRI's, the Mayo Clinic in Florida determined it is Fibro. This was 2 years ago after going for 4 years feeling like ***t. i still do, but at least i don't feel like a hypocondriac. i also have disc problems in my neck and lower back. IBS, TMJ and lots of other initials that go along with fibro. i've had several steroid shots in my neck... i hate to do, but sometimes there's nothing else taht will help. good luckmary
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 00:53 AM
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  • I've also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I've had mono, the human parvovirus(which causes joint pain), car wrecks, and kidney stones. After 3 years of barely being able to walk I was put on Cymbalta, an antidepressant that actually helps with pain. How it works is it relaxes the small muscles that lie directly on the bones. I've been able to walk normal after 2 months of taking this, but felt better after about 4 days. My doctor has prescribed this with several of his fibro. patients that could barely make it to his office and they are running and jumping now.I then was diagnosed with a vitamin d deficiency found through abnormal thyroid tests that caused osteomalacia, rickets for adults. I went through three years of seeing and traveling to doctor who said I had "somatization" disorder and was depressed. Well yeah I'm depressed because I'm in pain 24/7.Please get your thyroid checked and look into Cymbalta, it saved my life.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 04:13 AM
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  • i've been taking cymbalta for almost a year now. i'm not running or jumping, but it did help. it took 2 weeks though for it to get into my system. for those 2 weeks i had bad headaches and stomach pains. my doc said please stick it out for the 2 weeks ( this is what he tells all his patients) so i did. i also take elavil at night to help me sleep. also protonix for my tummy. i've had chiro treatments... they didn't help much, if at all. and also accupuncture. to the previous unregistered person. did you have ataxia? you said you were able to walk normally now, so i wondered. i had it for over a year and ended up with a cane, but now i just limp sometimes.
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    • November 21, 2006
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  • I second the whole "find a new Dr." thing.Doctors have a really annoying habit of lumping Fibromyalgia and Depression together!I've been told, ever since I got my diagnosis, that I need depression meds. Plain and simply, if you are in so much pain that it affects day-to-day life, YOU'RE GONNA BE DEPRESSED.So,Does it make more sense to treat the depression (which is a result of th pain),or the pain (which was the cause of all this crap in the first place)? Here's one of the most WONDERFUL sites I've found so farhttp://www.sover.net/~devstar/Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Info (check into Chronic Myofascial Pain, turns out THAT was MY main problem, not the FMS, which I also have) Hope this helps!Sheena (P.S. Google is your friend when it comes to stuff like this. EDUCATE YOUR SELF!! :D )
    ShawneeGirl 37 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
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  • Mykidsmom: Have you had an MRI? Herniated disks are easily seen on an MRI, usually. I believe my FMS set in after I got reticular tears in two of my lumbar disks.
    2silverwings 9 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
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  • To: the unregistered person who replied to "i'm in denial" and was diagnosed with osteomalacia -How were you diagnosed? What test was used?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
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  • Where on earth did you hear that Cymbalta relaxes muscles? I have never, in all of my research (I maintain the site http://fibroresearch.blogspot.com ) heard of that. Cymbalta is an SNRI, in other words an anti-depressant. The only way it affects the body is through seratonin and norepinephrine regulation. I would be very interested in reading any medical literature that implies that it somehow works directly on muscles.
    2silverwings 9 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
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  • Silverwings:Cymbalta is pretty good at dealing with nerve pain AS A RESULT of depression.It's not a muscle relaxer by ANY means... (I was on it a few months ago..yuck. Hate the stuff)For people who hurt from depression (mainly from tension from depression) it can work quite well.Some of my friends, who are FMS patients say it helps with the skin "over-sensitivity" and pain, they say it feels almost like the effects of Neurotin.I never had that happen to me though.*shrug*And if you have a chemical imbalance causing your depression, or are depressed for seemingly no reason, TAKE IT, if not, DON'T!*sigh*lolSheena
    ShawneeGirl 37 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 01:37 AM
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  • I think she has it backwards. LOL Fibromyalgia is not a symptom of depression. Depression is a symptom of fibromyalgia. Did a doctor actually tell her that?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
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  • Doctors have told me that a hundred times...*sigh*It really suprises me how little research doctors do about a condition (especially Primary care physicians, who really have no buisness dianosing stuff anyways...) before rushing to a diagnosis! I was diagnosed with both FMS and Chronic Myofascial Pain.Turns out, I do have CMP, but my fibromyalgia is actually very minor.Evidentally, the pinched nerve in my back, wisdom teeth, and migraines were the cause of the bulk of my pain. Make sure you look at ALL other possible causes of pain, no matter how far-flung they may be, before accepting a diagnosis of JUST Fibromyalgia.
    ShawneeGirl 37 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
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  • My mom has fibromyalgia, she notices she feels much better when she doesn't eat meat. I'm a firm believer that most of our health problems result from what we put in our mouths and on our skin. Caffeine, sugar, sugar substitutes, dairy meat, poultry, processed foods. Everytime I go to read how to improve health conditions everything points to staying away from most of these foods. Meat has so many antibiotics and chemicals in it, it's no wonder it makes people sick. Same goes for milk, cheese and overall dairy. My stomach always has problems after eating dairy. Organic is the way to go, try a week without some of these foods and see if your symptoms lessen. I have given up alot of them and noticed some changes in my body, really noticeable changes occur over a period of time. Food isn't what it used to be, especially in the US. It's cheaper to make a bad food product than to make a good one. That's why our grocery store is flooded with them. Have you looked into chemical sensitivity? Might want to investigate some of that too. I have noticed i get headaches with different cleaning supplies, so i've gone natural with that too. Drugstore.com has a natural section. I've also noticed I've had less skin irritation after switching shampoos, laundry detergent, makeup and lotion. Chemical sensitivity can cause a multititude of health problems as well, that most people may not realize. These links make alot of reference to feeling sick to what's in our environment and food.http://www.ourlittleplace.com/mcs.htmlhttp://www.chemicalinjury.net/http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=9076b2c9-0730-4f1a-b6fa-5a462bb0a011&chunkiid=90869
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