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Old 11-10-2006, 07:43 PM   #1
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Fybromyalgia

I have had a couple of doctors mention the possibility of Fybromyalgia as an explanation for my neck and back pain, variety of muscle pains, numbness in toes. Recently I visited with a Rheumatologists and again he feels I suffer from Fybromyalgia. I did have a surgery a few years ago on my neck. I had two discs removed and a cadaver bone fusion. I always thought my pain came from the surgery. I think I did not want to hear Fybromyalgia because many interpret the pain as being psychosamatic. I do take pain killers and muscle relaxers. The muscle relaxers are also to help me sleep at night as the Rheumatologists does not think I have very good sleep patterns. I have been told I must avoid stress. I have been through phyical therapy because the muscles in my back, neck, hips were so tight I was often plagued not so much by severe pain but a gnawing pain. The type that just slowly wears on you. In turn this pain would make me feel depressed that I was not feeling as well as I thought I should. The physical therapists told me that all of my muscle problems were caused by stress and I needed to find ways to get rid of it. The therapists were quite impressed with the mass of knotted muscle I had produced.

Now that I have begun to accept that I may in fact suffer from Frybromyalgia another question has come to mind. I wonder if this is not just a part of depression. My life is not stress free not at work or at home. I have been married for 21 years. I don't like to think that I am depressed because I have real reasons for my stress/depression. I know that trying to cope with my life the way it is, is killing me. How do I know if it is depression and should you seek help for depression if in fact there are valid reason for the depression.

 
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:29 AM   #2
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Re: Fybromyalgia

You should definitely seek help for what you feel may be depression. It you feel it may be, it probably is. Anti-depressant meds are often used to treat fibromyalgia. So you may be able to kill two birds with one stone.

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Old 11-13-2006, 06:53 PM   #3
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Re: Fybromyalgia

I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. [url]http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079[/url]

Here is a link with some information. Maybe you could check it out. Im sure your doctor has already told you a little bit about it, but a lot of times depression and fibromyalgia is linked together along with fatigue. My doctor prescribed me Elivil...its generic but its really, really good. I could feel results within just one day...could be just the good nights sleep that I got. I also suffer from interstial cystitis so im up ever 15 minutes at night using the bathroom. Im on 10mg and it works really well for me. You should ask your doctor about it....its a pain pill/antidepressant and I think its also a sleep aid. I take one pill a night right before bed.

Hope this helped a little.

 
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