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Posted by Tricia on December 14, 2000 at 01:38:13:

In Reply to: Fibromyalgia-leg problems posted by Becky on December 11, 2000 at 14:57:42:

: Hi,
: I have had Fibromylagia since 1988. It has been mostly concentrated in my back. About 1 year ago I started having vision problems - my sight changes every three months and the eye doctors can't figure it out. Now - I have begin having leg and feet problems.
: My legs are feeling wobbly and like they want to cramp - but my feet are the real problem. The last three toes on my feet feel like sharp pins - I can barely walk it hurts so bad and my feet are almost totally asleep. If I take any more Pamelor I won't be able to get up to go to work. I work 45 hours a week in a high stress IS environment. Even scarrier I am beginning to have dramatic short term memory loss and a difficult time concentrating. I feel it is beginning to affect my job.

: Any one else out there who has had these severe symptoms and any advise on how to handle them without more pain medicine?

: Any and all advise appreciated.

Has your Dr. checked you for MS. MS and fibromyalgia are very similar. I have recently been tested myself and was Negative. But a friend of mine with startlingly similar symtoms was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and is now recieving treatment which has greatly improved her quality of life. An MRI of the head to check for plaque build up is usually the starting point.
If you have not ruled out MS I would suggest talking to your doctor about a referal to a neurologist. Also... there is a new treatment for fibromyalgia, neurontin. I find it particularly helpful with the leg pain. It takes the "pins and needles" sensation away. Good Luck!

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