I was diagnosed about 5 years ago with Fibro. In the meantime, I started a new teaching job that requires restraining students, very physical job. The job, I believe exacerbated my symptoms. I had neck and lower back pain. Went to see an orthopedic spine doctor. Had an MRI, results: herniated disc in neck and lumbar. Doctor put restrictions on me, that caused my company to put me on medical leave, no pay, but at least medical insurance. I can't sleep because of the pain and in the last couple days I have developed some spasticity in my legs and in my arms. I cannot straighten my arm all the way out, i have lost strength in both hands, I have pain radiating down both arms. I have pain in my buttocks, and in my legs. I cannot take any of the meds they give for fibro,,, I am seeing a pain management dr, but not til the 26th of Feb. I have been given zanaflex and it helps minimally. I hate taking any type of medication that is a narcotic because honestly, it just feels like I am drugged and in pain. Orthopedic doc, recommends surgery and confident it well help, but probably will not be able to go back to my current job. I feel bad because they told me they don't want to lose me and basically want me to do what i need to do to come back. I feel guilty because I doubt that will happen. I know I need to focus on my health but I feel pressured to get well fast. The pressure is stressful. I am finding it hard to believe that between the fibro and the herniated disc, that those two things are so debilitating. I would like to maybe have someone to chat with that may understand this craziness.
You came to the right place. Lots of us have fibro and back/neck issues. It's extremely frustrating to watch your old you slip away slowly. Did the ortho dr tell you that your old line of work will be out after you heal ? Don't talk yourself into a bad place, a little optimism can go a long way. It can be difficult to try to look for the good at times when you hurt so much but if you push your way through the clouds it can help to look for the positive instead of the negative.
I suffered with pain all over for years on end. I had injuries due to car accidents, falls..etc.. Treated but still had pain in other parts of body..seems to be unexplainable. I was given meds for pain and muscle relaxers. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia but refused to take meds because I thought they just wanted to give my symptoms a 'name' since there is no blood test to confirm it. Eventually found a dr who performed a simple Lyme Disease test which showed 6 positive bands for Lyme. Never got the bulls eye rash ppl talk about either. I was treated twice for months at a time.. Helped. BUT I still have constant pain throughout my body which at times are debilitating. You may want to rule out Lyme. I understand your pain. My job was also physical (police officer) and just retired a few months ago after serving 20yrs. Now I am seeing a rheumatologist who specializes in fibro..so I may consider meds now. I also saw a pain management (spine specialist) for my 5 herniated discs and two bulging discs, and did a round of (3shots) of epidurals which helped me get through the last yr of working. You should look into at too...fibromyalgia should not be a reason for you to be excused from your job. Actually it may be illegal...but thats another topic. Good luck.
Last edited by Finest1104; 02-13-2013 at 02:11 AM.
One more thing! Let surgery be your Absolute LAST resort. Pain management is best and manual physical therapy. My dad had two herniated discs and had surgery..felt good first year or so and now is disabled. That's why I will not do surgery..a good doctor will consider all options before mentioning surgery.