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I am no stranger to back pain. In fact, with my diagnosis of fibromyalgia, my lower back pain has steadily intensified periodically. But, no where to the state I found myself recently, immobilized and bedridden for four days.
We've all been there. Those of us who share this elusive diagnosis. Lying with our backs on the bed, staring at the ceiling fan wondering when this agonizing pain will subside. Taking 'as needed' pain medication, breathing slowly deeply, trying to meditate on a far away planet until we regain sanity again. But, usually we can attribute it to something. We over did it, kept going the other day with no rest or reprieve. Started lifting heavy objects while helping someone move. Or, there was an all-day family affair, and we were feeling on top of the world and just stayed too late, feeling those effects slowly creeping on us as we're saying our goodbyes.
But what if you're down flat on your back and can't move? Your mind wanders aimlessly trying to latch onto a possibility so that it doesn't happen again? And nothing comes up? Pure panic I can attest. To make things worse you can't get up to go to the bathroom? To get a drink? To make something to eat?
Well, that's a whole 'nother animal I can tell you. It descends like a plague of fear that you can't get a grip on.
Recently, I walked out to my garage. I was going to take my bike out and go for a leisurely spin. There was a candy cane on a table and part of it was touching my handlebars. It was light plastic and weighed all of 5 ounces. I moved it to the left on a table about six inches to free my bike. I didn't bend down, I didn't twist. I just moved it. All of a sudden I felt a "tinge". I've had these before. I stretch, but usually I can do a little work and then just migrate to a heating pad for a few hours. It wasn't too bad, really. I went shopping that day, and even made it to the beach on Sunday. I went to work on Monday with a heating pad and just babied that lower area being careful not to move too much. By Tuesday it felt better so I took the heating pad home. On Wednesday morning I woke up nearly pain free and went into work again without the heating pad.
For some reason by noon the right side of my back began spasming. My co-worker had one of those lay over the chair seat pad massagers that provides heat. I quickly slipped that on and laid back for a bi,t taking in deep breaths. I had to go outside to retrieve the mail. "Maybe this will loosen things up," I thought. I barely made it 200 yards before there was definitely a feel of a hot knife jabbing into my lower vertebrates along with all those back spasms. I stayed. Not a bright idea, but I just had taken off four days for a virus-type sickness. "Let me get through a couple of more hours," I prayed. I held myself up in the chair, trying to straighten my back and pasted a smile on my face.
I got home around 5 pm. I asked my youngest son to plug in the heating pad. Something was wrong I explained as this pain was from another dimension. I eased myself down, and that was it. Thirty minutes later I could not move. Not anywhere. Not rolling from left to right, not even reaching for my drink on my nightstand. My legs, though, I could prop up on a 90 degree angle to relieve some of the back spasms. Then I waited. I took medication to ease the agony, but it barely took the edge off.
Three hours later into this intense pain I had to go to the bathroom. My dear son looked up the best way to get out of bed with debilitating back pain on the Internet. "Ok, Mom, let me get an ice block. If we press on the nerve we can freeze it. You just need to roll onto your stomach, slide/crab crawl down to the edge of the bed. Then put one foot on the floor, and I will lift you up quickly but steadily," he said.
So the nightmare began. Move a few inches, place the ice block firmly in the area, wait a minute and move again. On and on we proceed for 10 minutes until my on foot is on the floor. "Ok, you ok?" he asks.
"No," I answer, but I have to go.
"Ok, take a deep breath, I'm going to put my arms under you to help support your torso and I'm ready," he responds.
Up I go, and I scream. Scream so loud because the pain is excrutiating. I can't seem to put any pressure on that disk in my back. "What can I do?" he asks.
Put your two hands out, let me place my palms in them from behind I state. And on I walk at a 120 degree angle like an old Popeye cartoon. Gasping for breath and yelling. Yes, yelling it was worse than childbirth.
He lowers me, and I can't pee. Well, pee a little I do, but how can you when you are in that much pain? I've never experienced such intensity. I quickly finish and make my way back to the bed. This only intensifies the spasms, and I must endure more pain for another 30 minutes.
Another two hours I call him with my cell phone. He is sleeping in the next room. "It's time for another round," I say. This time the pain flares for over an hour when I get back into bed.
By 4 am I grab a towel to do my business. I'm done. I'm beaten. I can't do this any longer. I feel like a broken doll. I can't move, I'm alone, and I'm scared. Worst of all, the pain is still there immobilizing me.
By the am I call my doctor and my son scours the local stores to find a bedpan with no luck. He comes back with puppy pads. "That will have to do," I say. My doctor informs me of what medications to take. No one seems concerned, they see this all the time apparently. My friends are yelling to go to the ER. "How?" I ask them. "I can't even move!"
By the third day the spasms have subsided. I try to sit up, still unable to put any pressure on my back. It is still excruciating. My primary instructs me to call my neurologist. Five hours later his assistant calls back with instructions. "Double your muscle relaxers," she says.
"It has been three days!" I yell. "I can't go to the bathroom. Should I go the the ER?" I ask.
"Do you have feeling in your legs? Are you able to go to the bathroom?"
"Yes and yes," I reply.
"Most likely no," she says. "I got an appointment for you in four days. Hang in there," and hangs up.
I take the muscle relaxers as instructed. Six hours later I can get up with the help of a cane. By the following day I can move around a bit more and more. It takes five days of bed rest before I can attempt work. I call the assistant again, "Is this normal?" I ask. "Should I go back to work?"
"No, wait until your appointment. He'll give you a work release to go back when he sees you tomorrow," she says.
I hang up and order a bed pain on Amazon just in case this happens again. No more trying to make things worse the next time by moving I think.
During my appointment he checks me. Makes me stand. Makes me bend over, tests my reflexes and orders an MRI and an EMG. "We will have to wait and see," he says.
"Is this normal? I mean pain to migrate like that? For over a week?" I demand.
"Yes," he says.
"Just peachy," I think. "Just peachy."
But apparently this does happen. I probably could have saved myself some agony by just lying still. I wanted to share this for all the other Avenger/Ninjas who will attempt and struggle to get out of bed. Don't, just lie there till it passes. Get someone to wait on you. You won't be able to move anyway.
Here is some more points from the Illinois Back Institute:
Often, the most debilitating lower back pain, for both men and women, is the type that comes on suddenly, leaving you in significant pain with limited mobility. The severity of the pain and the suddenness can be alarming—but it’s very common. In the vast majority of cases, this back pain is not related to a serious disease or severe back problem, but could be due to something simple like muscle spasm or another musculoskeletal cause. When the exact origin of back pain isn’t clear, it’s referred to as nonspecific low back pain. This “mechanical” back pain is generally eased by lying down flat and made worse when you move your back, sneeze or cough.
The next most likely cause of sudden onset back pain is irritation to the nerve root emanating from the spinal cord, called sciatica. What makes sciatica pain distinct is that you generally also feel pain down one or both buttocks and thighs, even into the calf or foot. You may also feel pins and needles and/or numbness/weakness through the buttock, leg and on down along the entire path of the sciatic nerve. Nearly 90 percent of the time, this pain is caused by a slipped disc, also called a bulging or prolapsed disc pressing on the nearby nerve.
Disc injuries can come to light suddenly with minimal trauma--and as much as one-third of the population at any given time are walking around with disc bulges. These previously painless, silent back problems can suddenly begin to put pressure on the spinal cord nerves--when you do something as minor as bending to pick up a pen from the floor. Then the pain begins.
Less common conditions causing low back pain
Cauda equina syndrome is rare, but considered an emergency. Permanent nerve damage may result. Get medical attention immediately if you suspect cauda equina. This disorder causes pressure on nerves at the very bottom of the spinal cord with symptoms which may include:
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis causing spinal pain and joint inflammation in older people. Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that may strike young adults, bringing on pain and lower back stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis may affect the spine along with other joints throughout the body. Telltale signs of these arthritic conditions include:
Rare bone disorders, tumors and infection cause less than 1 percent of sudden onset low back pain. Symptoms and signs may include:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (enlargement of the abdominal artery) occurs mostly in males over 60 who smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Symptoms include:
So, if you don't fall into one of those above categories. Don't freak out. Call your doctor. If I had to do it all over again, I would have went right to the the specialist, my neurologist. I feel I would have hit the ground walking faster. I was just so emotionally immobilized, too, with fear. Which of course, doesn't help. My hopes in you reading this, you will be aware and act rationally realizing that it will pass. No, you will not be stuck in that bed forever. God Bless, and hang in there.
We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of "The Huffington Post." And this has profound consequences on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness.
It was of no surprise to me along with the degenerative disc diagnosis so came Peripheral Neuropathy. After all, at least there is a connections here due to the fact both affect the central nervous system.
What does concern me is an original statement from my neurologist when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I had asked him, "So, feeling as I'm going down hill fast here, is this going to to get worse?"
"It shouldn't," he replied.
Well, I can tell you there have been a whole host of symptoms that came upon me over the period of seven years that I would deem as "getting worse". I've come to the conclusion that getting worse may be on the fibromyalgia side only. After all, they don't know how it operates completely, and if you're a medical major you're not going to focus on other doctors specialties- just your own. So maybe it wasn't going to get worse in the neurological sense.
Fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy are two conditions that affect the central nervous system, resulting in pain. Aside from muscle pain, fibromyalgia also involves sleep disturbance, mood changes, and memory issues. It is believed to be caused by a physical trauma or psychological stress, but the exact cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other conditions, such as anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and depression.
Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage caused to the peripheral nerves, resulting in weakness and numbness. Peripheral neuropathy commonly occurs in the feet or hands.
The link between fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy
Fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy may share common symptoms, but stem from very different causes. The cause of fibromyalgia is not understood really, while neuropathy, on the other hand, can be caused by a host of different underlying issues.
Both fibromyalgia and neuropathy affect the central nervous system and cause extreme nerve pain. Both conditions are chronic and could also share similar treatment options. In fact, both can be managed through treatment, so working with your doctor on an appropriate treatment strategy for your fibromyalgia or peripheral neuropathy can help.
Unlike fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy can be prevented with proper management of the underlying causes (e.g., diabetes).
Fibromyalgia vs. peripheral neuropathy: U.S. prevalence
Roughly two to four percent of the U.S. population are affected by fibromyalgia. Estimates of U.S. prevalence were done based on the 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) guidelines for the fibromyalgia diagnosis, accounting for roughly 10 million cases. It has since been argued that these estimates are too low, and the guidelines fail to capture many patients who could be living with the condition unknowingly.
Peripheral neuropathy affects 2.4 percent of the population, but the prevalence can get as high as eight percent in certain population groups. The most common type of neuropathy – diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy – may be present in 66 percent of type 1 diabetics and 59 percent in type 2 diabetics.
Fibromyalgia vs. peripheral neuropathy: Signs and symptoms
The key distinguishing symptom of fibromyalgia is tender points on the body. Other signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, moderate or severe fatigue, decreased energy, insomnia, waking up feeling unrefreshed, stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long, concentration problems, difficulty remembering and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog“), abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome), tension or migraine headaches, as well as jaw and facial tenderness. With fibromyalgia comes sensitivity to odors, noises, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold. Fibromyalgia patients report feeling anxious or depressed, numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet, increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder), reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise, and a feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet.
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy depend on the affected nerve. Nerves are classified into sensory, motor, or autonomic. Sensory nerves receive sensations, motor nerves control muscle movement, and autonomic nerves control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, bladder, and digestion.
Some symptoms that may arise in peripheral neuropathy include:
If the autonomic nerves are affected, a patient may experience heat intolerance and sweating, bowel, bladder, or digestive issues, as well as changes in blood pressure causing dizziness or lightheadedness.
Comparing fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy:
The cause of fibromyalgia is largely theorized, as it is not well understood. Researchers and doctors believe that a fibromyalgia patient experiences amplified pain as a result of abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system. Much research has detected physiological abnormalities in fibromyalgia, including increased levels of substance P in the spinal cord, low levels of blood flow to the thalamus region of the brain, HPA axis hypofunction, low levels of serotonin and tryptophan, and abnormalities in cytokine function. Other fibromyalgia triggers include genetic factors and traumatic events or injuries.
Neuropathy can be due to many other conditions and ailments, and so there is no single cause. Peripheral neuropathy is associated with nerve damage, which may be caused by alcoholism, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, exposure to poisons, medications, infections, inherited disorders, trauma or pressure on the nerves, tumors, vitamin deficiencies, bone marrow disorders, and other conditions, including diseases that affect the liver, kidneys, and thyroid.
Differentiating fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy: Risk factors and complications
Risk factors for fibromyalgia include sex – women are at a higher risk of fibromyalgia than men, a family history of fibromyalgia – a genetic component to the disease, and a rheumatic disease diagnosis.
One of fibromyalgia complications is poor ability to function due to lack of sleep, which worsens symptoms. Anxiety and depression, too, may be a result of fibromyalgia as it is not a well-understood condition. Living in pain can be frustrating when others simply don’t understand what you are going through, especially because there is no specific cure or treatment.
Risk factors for peripheral neuropathy include poorly controlled diabetes, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, infections like Lyme disease, autoimmune diseases, exposure to toxins, repetitive motions, a family history of neuropathy, as well as kidney, liver, or thyroid disease.
Complications resulting from peripheral neuropathy include burns and skin trauma, infection and falls due to loss of sensation – potentially leading to disability.
Fibromyalgia vs. peripheral neuropathy: Diagnosis and treatment
There isn’t a specific test for fibromyalgia, but doctors may use a form of testing that checks 18 specific trigger points that have been found to be present in majority of fibromyalgia patients. Not all doctors use trigger point exams anymore, but rather they narrow down on a fibromyalgia diagnosis if a person has experienced widespread pain for at least three months. Your doctor may also refer you for some blood work to rule out other conditions.
Treating fibromyalgia can be difficult as its exact cause is unknown. Therefore, the goal of fibromyalgia treatment is symptom management. A doctor may prescribe analgesics, or painkillers, to address fibromyalgia. However, there is a risk of developing addiction to these drugs, so doctors may recommend this option with caution. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be taken for pain management, but once again long-term use of these drugs can yield unwanted side effects. In some cases, antidepressants may be prescribed as well.
Some alternative and complementary therapies and treatments for fibromyalgia include massages, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, movement therapies, and chiropractic.
Peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed based on a review of the patient’s full medical history and a neurological examination. Tests that could help diagnose peripheral neuropathy include blood tests, imaging tests like MRI, nerve function tests, nerve biopsy, and skin biopsy. Not only do these tests help diagnose peripheral neuropathy, but they also rule out other potential causes for your symptoms, too.
Treatment for peripheral neuropathy implies addressing its underlying cause. This could involve managing diabetes, treating infections, or treating other diseases. Some medications that may be prescribed for neuropathy include pain relievers, anti-seizure medications, topical treatments, and antidepressants.
Other therapies that can aid in the peripheral neuropathy treatment include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin, physical therapy, and surgery.
Patients may also be inclined to try acupuncture, alpha-lipoic acid, herbs, and amino acids as an alternative mode of peripheral neuropathy treatment.
It’s of utmost important to manage and control any underlying issues that might have contributed to the disorder. For example, cutting on your alcohol consumption or managing your diabetes. I know many of you many not be diagnosed with diabetes, but I'll bet if you have some form of neuropathy, your sugar tests are higher than normal.
It didn't surprise me to have another interruption to my daily routine after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. My back began to ache in my upper and lumbar spine with added stinging and jabbing jolts to add more effect. I was baffled in the beginning wondering will all these new manifestations ever suppress?
They didn't and new symptoms continue to evolve sending me to new specialists yearly. But this back syndrome was one that stayed with me until it continually worsened and my neurologist sent me for an MRI and EMG two years after my initial diagnosis with fibromyalgia.
When the results were in, I had degenerative discs and nephropathy in the the upper spine. He mentioned an interesting point, "I'm not sure if the fibromyalgia caused this or this caused the fibromyalgia." That is because there is not a lot of concreted evidence out there linking the two. But he also added, "Most of my fibromyalgia patients have nephropathy and degenerative discs."
Cervical degenerative disc disease is a common cause of neck pain and radiating arm pain. It develops when one or more of the cushioning discs in the cervical spine starts to break down due to wear and tear. There may be a genetic component that predisposes some people to more rapid wear. Injury may also accelerate and sometimes cause the development of the degenerative changes.
How Cervical Discs Can Degenerate
Normally, there are six gel-like cervical discs (one between each of the cervical spine’s vertebrae) that absorb shock and prevent vertebral bones from rubbing against each other while the neck moves.
Each disc is comprised of a tough but flexible outer layer of woven cartilage strands, called the annulus fibrosus. Sealed inside the annulus fibrosus is a soft interior filled with a mucoprotein gel called the nucleus pulposus. The nucleus gives the disc its shock absorption property.
In children, the discs are about 85% water. The discs begin to naturally lose hydration during the aging process. Some estimates have the disc’s water content typically falling to 70% by age 70,1 but in some people the disc can lose hydration much more quickly.
As the disc loses hydration, it offers less cushioning and becomes more prone to cracks and tears. The disc is not able to truly repair itself because it does not have a direct blood supply (instead getting nutrients and metabolites via diffusion with adjacent vertebrae through the cartilaginous endplates). As such, a tear in the disc either will not heal or will develop weaker scar tissue that has potential to break again.
The Course of Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical degenerative disc disease is not technically a disease, but rather a description of the degenerative process that discs located in the cervical spine go through. Essentially all people who live long enough will develop degenerated discs.
Studies show that a plurality of adults have no symptoms related to degenerative disc disease, even though a high percentage of these adults still shows signs of disc degeneration on an MRI somewhere on the spine. One study found that about half of people start showing some signs of disc degeneration on an MRI by their early 20s. Another study found that about 75% of people under age 50 have disc degeneration while more than 90% of people over age 50 have it.
When degenerative disc disease develops in the cervical spine, it can occur in any of the cervical discs but is slightly more likely to occur at the C5-C6 level.
In cases where cervical degenerative disc disease does cause pain, it can happen in various ways. In some instances, the disc itself can become painful. People are more likely to experience this type of discogenic pain in their 30s, 40s, or 50s.
When symptoms from cervical degenerative disc disease become chronic, the pain and/or symptoms are likely related to conditions associated with disc degeneration, such as a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, or spinal stenosis. Depending on the cause, the pain may be temporary, or may become chronic. To give an example, pain from a herniated disc is likely to eventually go away on its own, but pain from osteoarthritis may require treatment on a chronic basis.
Risk Factors for Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
While nearly everyone eventually gets cervical degenerative disc disease with age, there are some factors that can make it more likely to develop sooner and/or become symptomatic. These risk factors could include:
I can tell you I fall under none of the above categories. So I must be an anomaly or my predisposition may be linked with fibromyalgia. Despite several recent studies out there confirming there is no link to fibromyalgia. There was an interesting addition added to The Journal of Physical Science:
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a clinical presentation commonly seen in the middle age women, which is accompanied by psychosomatic complaints such as widespread pain and chronic fatigue along with sleep disorder or non-relaxing sleep, paresthesia and subjective swelling of the hands, migraine-type headache, irritable bowel syndrome and dysmenorrhea. Although musculoskeletal pains are generally localized in the neck, interscapular region and low back, they may also spread to the arm and to the chest. During the examination, objective findings other than sensitive points cannot be detected and laboratory analyses have normal results.
Most common reasons of the pain spreading to the neck and to the arm include cervical spondylosis and cervical root compression. Pains that result from the disc herniations located in the cervical region are generally radicular and they may be accompanied by neurologic deficits, such as loss of strength, paresthesia, reflex defect and atrophy. Moreover, in some cases, Raynaud-like swelling and vasomotor changes may be integrated in the clinical presentation.
Patients with fibromyalgia continuously present for a visit and for the periodic controls with the complaints of neck, shoulder, arm, low back and knee pains. The patients resist to the therapy and they ask why they cannot be healed.
It may be very difficult to convince the patients to be treated. Some patients are not so happy despite all therapeutic methods and the doctors may hesitate about the diagnosis with some patients. A cervical MRI may be necessary to elucidate the patients and to eliminate our doubts in the patients that raised a hesitation. In both diseases, cervical and arm-shoulder pains are similar and the laboratory values are normal.
Interestingly enough, they found a VERY HIGH rate of those suffering with fibromyalgia were diagnosed with disc degeneration MORE SO than the average population thought before to have the disease present normally.
Yet, many patients suffering from fibromyalgia are not sent to the usual MRI and EMG testing to note if such issues are present. Be certain to ask for such testing if you feel you may suffer from such problems. Therapy is available for relief.
If you have someone that is dairy-free than this soup is a must to try. Thick and creamy with bold mushroom flavor, you can make this in just a few minutes.
This keeps well in the refrigerator for one week. Bit of advice though, don't place in small containers and freeze. Almond milk does not freeze well and separates easily.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook and stir until tender, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic, salt, vinegar, thyme and pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Mix cornstarch and almond milk until smooth; stir into saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 3-4 minutes.
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Here's something we don't discuss here often. Back Pain. Yet several past studies have noted that as many as 90% of fibromyalgia suffers have encountered back pain in one form or another since their diagnosis.
When you have fibromyalgia, it may seem as if you just can’t get a break from the pain — which may include an aching back. As many as two-thirds of people with chronic low back pain also have fibromyalgia. Looking at the numbers from the other direction, up to 49 percent of people with fibromyalgia have lower back pain. In fact, back pain is so prevalent among people with fibromyalgia that it was once one of the symptoms doctors looked for in making a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
There’s no doubt that living with fibromyalgia is challenging enough on its own, let alone when you have back pain. But it may make you feel a little better to know there is an explanation for the intensity of the pain you’re going through.
“Both back pain and fibromyalgia belong to a group of disorders called central hypersensitivity syndromes,” says pain management specialist Ronald Staud, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Although the roots of the two conditions differ for example, back pain could be caused by a damaged vertebral disk — the pain experiences of the two conditions bear some similarities. Among them is the sense that these chronic pain conditions cause you to be on a “high alert” setting of sorts (doctors call it hyperarousal). And then, to top it off, the pain wears you down, causing fatigue, depression, and anxiety that make living with fibromyalgia and back pain all the more draining.
“The hyperarousal is really a normal response,” says Dr. Staud. Normal, yes, but it throws a monkey wrench into finding the right combination of treatments to ease two very painful problems.
One essential is getting an accurate diagnosis of your back pain. According to Staud, many physicians who treat fibromyalgia can also assess back pain’s possible causes. However, ask for a referral to a pain specialist if you have any concerns about your doctor’s ability to parse out the factors contributing to your back pain and prescribe the appropriate medical treatment.
Treating Fibromyalgia and Back Pain
Pain medication is usually part of the prescription for fibromyalgia symptoms but often isn’t enough for most people, especially if a back condition is involved. Putting together a multipart pain plan is a must, says Staud. This is even more true if you need specific therapy for your back. Consider these additional ideas to create a comprehensive treatment strategy that may combine traditional and alternative approaches:
When you’re struggling with low back pain and fibromyalgia, you might feel as though you’re fighting two battles. But a combination of therapies — some aimed at fibromyalgia, some aimed at the back pain, and some aimed at both — is more likely to bring you symptom relief.
The most important thing to remember is that we are subjected to a myriad of strange pains. In fact, we become so accustomed to pain that we are unsure if those various pains could be significant. If you have insurance, push that testing. Get that MRI and EMG if you feel that something is just not right. Don't just be lining up for that fastest drug on the clinic dispense list for relief.
Last week I shared an emotional recent accident with you. What I didn't share is I have Aflac. I'm not an agent, so you can't get it here, but I'd like to share a few pointers with you, and if you have the ability to sign on - do it.
There is a 24 hour direct deposit option when you sign on with Aflac. Yes, you can easily file a claim (also by app), snap pics of your diagnosis from a health care facility, and Aflac with drop money directly into your bank account - usually within 24 hours.
I pay $8.68 twice a month to Aflac. It is taken directly from my pay. No worries, no bills. I decided to download the app for easy "file a claim". There is a "Wellness Option". The month I signed on, I had a primary care visit (other doctor visits are acceptable, too). I filed a claim (in less than a minute), and they dropped $60 into my bank account just for following my well-care routine.
I quickly uploaded my claim for my foot injury. Within 24 hours, Aflac direct deposited $290 into my bank account. $200 for the emergency room visit and $90 for the sutures (less than 5 centimeters - more if it is a larger cut). On my follow up visit to my primary care physician I received another $40 when the stitches were removed. Yes, within a week I received $330.
Why I love Aflac: No hassles, no worries, they are honest-to-goodness decent people who don't argue your claim.
If I have to see my primary for ANY reason due to an accident related injury it is $125 just to walk in the door. There are so many other options. Here is a guide of what to expect for reimbursements. Many of the rates have increased since this printing.
The reason I chose Aflac is simple- peace of mind. I have never felt such peace just by signing onto a supplemental insurance company. It is as if someone is paying ME for my pain and suffering. I'm certain many of you can relate. We drop things, slip, and our brains get foggy. Just knowing that there will be some form of reimbursement when I'm down and out can really throw a bit of a positive spin onto an already dark situation.
I decided to opt out for the affordable short term disability. What happens if I can't work? At least I know for only $16.58 twice a month I have a six month policy that will help me through the financial struggles while I file for disability. My hopes certainly are that I will not need it. But the reality always kicks me in the ass wondering, "How will I pay the bills if I relapse?" As bills are paid, I plan to boost up to a full year short term disability.
Fibro is often about fear. How will I pay the bills if I can't work any longer? How long will this recent accident lay me up for? That fear causes wide spread pain. What if you can take just a part of that away with some reassurance? Think that will make a difference? You bet it will! Best of all it's affordable. I can't even begin to describe the comfort I have now knowing that there is some reassurance when things go south.
One last thing. Aflac is cheaper through your work. If you don't have it offered at your job, find out if they can bring an agent in. You only need three employees to sign up. And, my friends, it is worth more than its weight in gold - that I can tell you.
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