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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
I am new here. I have Fibromyalgia which I have had for many years and have a good handle on managing it. However, in addition I have constant severe back pain with buldging discs, OA, multilevel degenerative discs, narrowing of foraminal and disc space per MRI. I have seen EVERYONE it seems. The back pain sends severe pain down my legs and I already have bad knees so this compounds my problems. The neurosurgeon states there is no surgery that would help me. The ortho doc says the same and the rhematologist can only treat the arthritis with meds. Even vicoden is not helping anymore. I've had PT, injections, tens unit, etc etc. I'm at a low point not knowing where to turn. Has anyone ever heard of the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa Florida????? They all want me to go back to the pain clinic for nerve blocks but I'm very hesitant to do that because I get more side effects from things than others due to my Fibro. Anyone have any suggestions from experience??? Any pain meds been more successful for you than vicoden or percocet??? Thanks.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. have you tried the nerve pain meds like Lyrica, which was specifically designed for Fibro? :? i use it for sciatica and it has been a big pain relief! :D long acting meds, like morphine, might be the way to go. you don't need to take them all day and they are stronger than vics or percs. maybe it is time to talk to a pain meds doctor. :-C as for the institute, do a search on it and you should find lots of posts. :D good luck and i hope you get some pain relief soon! Jenny :)
  • hi..was reading about donna's situation..i do have a suggestion..i myself is at witts end almost, :< and about a week ago i faxed my M.R.I's to laser spine inst...its free for you and they will get a spine specialist to look at them.. they got back to me within 30 hrs...go to their website, or call their # for the fax #..good luck donna...keep your chin up!! ;)
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