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can surgery set off fibro

newhouse17nnewhouse17 Posts: 133
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Fibromyalgia
I had back surgery in May 2009 and I've notice increased pain all over my body since then. Here are my symptoms:

Pain and tenderness in back of arms just above elbows
Pain in upper back just below the neck
Pain in left knee
Pain in hands, when exposed to cold turn blue and white
Sensitivity to climate changes, cant stand the heat and am always cold
Muscle spasms that last for hours
Pain and tenderness in chest on sides of sternum, some days it so tender that I cant wear a bra
gastro problems
dizzy at times
just felling out of it at times
at times, a general ache all over

I have had some symptoms before surgery but they seem to be worse since May 2009.Think its worth a trip to the GP or am I just loosing my mind?



  • Any type of trauma to your body can certainly flare up your fibro. I went to a reumologist for mine. That was a long long time ago, probably 20 years ago. Mine flares up and then settles down. I find that if I dont exercise at all it really affects my knees and elbows and hands...Maybe see a specialist?
  • I have read that surgery CAN set off fibro a couple of places in just the past few weeks.
    So I would say, yes, it can and does. That sounds like what you have.
    I would see a specialist.
    Best to you.
    Patsy W
  • I have read that surgery CAN set off fibro a couple of places in just the past few weeks.
    So I would say, yes, it can and does. That sounds like what you have.
    I would see a specialist.
    Best to you.
    Patsy W
  • I had ACDF C5-6 surgery in 8/2009 and by Feb 2010 I was hurting all over like I had a month long flu or arthritis everywhere. I saw a rheumotologist and was dig. with fibro and she said having the surgery and stress from it probably did set mine off. Everyone is different, I had 4 C-sections and never had an issue so I guess it depends on the person. It would wise to probably see a specialist then you can see if it is fibro and what will work for you. Good luck, it's a tough road and full of seeing what works and doesn't. take care Lori
  • I am making a appointment to see my GP next week. Lots of symptoms this week. Almost fell asleep standing up today and dropped the glass that was in my hand.I'm just so exhausted from planning my daughter's sweet 16 party which is this Friday. My hands are just killing me and my joints just seem to ache constantly. My sister has convinced me to go because I have two aunts that have lupus on my mothers side. I just would like to know why I hurt so much!! Keep you updated.
  • Newhouse,

    Wow, didn't even think of Lupus. A friend of mine that I use to work with had fibro and Lupus. She was pretty lucky with Lyrica, and didn't seem to have a lot of issues. Hopefully similar will be with you. I hope you find that you have neither. Will keep you in my thoughts. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Yeh. Fibro, thyroid, lupus, and MS have a lot of the same symptoms so will see. Most likely its Fibro, just want to know that Im not loosing my mind!!
  • newhouse17 said:
    Yeh. Fibro, thyroid, lupus, and MS have a lot of the same symptoms so will see. Most likely its Fibro, just want to know that Im not loosing my mind!!
    I'm hoping of all the ones you listed, Fibro "might" be the lessor of all evils! I had my blood test results today, thyroid and hormones right at the bottom of the "allowed range", whatever that means. I know my hormones were low (going through that there change!), but the thyroid? Those too can cause some of your symptoms Newhouse. Now I have an idea why I ache sometimes, feel tired, low energy. Doctor, not worried unless they drop below the "range." Grrr..

    Did they do a full blood panel, hormones, thyroid (TSH, T3/T4) on you yet? Fingers crossed for ya woman!!! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • We'll I finally broke down and went to the docs. I know I said I was going to go last month but with the holidays I just didn't have time to get there. I finally went Tuesday because I could barely use my hands.

    Doc was concerned about the discoloration in my hands and diagnosed me with Raynaulds disease. He also gave me the ANA,thyroid,lyme, and general blood tests. He thinks it's either rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus because they run very frequently in my family. Did some research on my family and wow, we're really messed up!!! I knew that I had two aunts that had Lupus but didn't know that they thought my mother had it but she would not go to the docs for anything. Almost every one of my siblings had Rheumatoid arthritis. I don't keep in contact with them, things fell apart after my mother died. My sister is my only link.Returning for follow-up on Wednesday 11/12 to get the results. I am concerned but really just want to know why I go through these flares for weeks at a time.Let you know Wednesday.
  • I'm completely frustrated!!!! All blood test came back normal. Doc says that I probably have run of the mill arthritis in my hands. His explanation for other symptoms was that before I had surgery I was very active and healthy person,since then I've done nothing because of all the restrictions my NS has put me on. He suggested glucosamine chondrotin, motrin, calcium, and lots of exercise that needs to be approved through the NS.Give it some time and If I continue to have problems come back and see him. No thanks!!!If everything is good why do I feel so bad?
  • Get to another doctor! I don't have any use for doctors that dismiss your pain and disability like that!

    If you could exercise and move and do the things you used to, you would.

    Okay, now that I am calmed down. Get another opinion. There are a lot of doctors that do not believe that fibromyalgia is a real condition. That it is all in your head.

    I was diagnosed in 2003 and still have to adjust medicines and activities as I age and the rest of my body goes to pot!
  • I think it did in my case. I had a cervical laminectomy 2 years ago. Shortly after I was having daily symptoms like flu pain all over my body. I had no fever.

    I went to a Rheumatologist. She was very thorough in diagnosing my Fibro. She did blood tests to rule out my Lipitor Cholesterol medicine causing my problem. The blood tests gave her other information as well.

    I have good days and not so good days. Sometimes I wake up in the morning aching all over. I can barely walk across the room. Other days not so bad.

    I've read articles by medical professionals who also say surgery can set off and/or cause fibro.

    It seems to have done just that in my case.

  • For spine surgery they use fluoroscopy. An xray machine is left on so they can see what they are doing inside of you.

    Are we getting zapped with way too much radiation? If so, yes....surgery does cause Fibromyalgia..if you define it as over exposure to radiation pain.

    Nuvasive was advertising their XLIF spine surgery as only taking 1 hour for a 1 level fusion. It seems all the surgeons are taking 4 hours. You are getting exposed to 4x the radiation that Nuvasive advertised you would be exposed to.

    False Claims/False Advertisement Lawsuit anyone?

    I feel sorry for the surgeons who do alot of XLIF's. They are being exposed to 1/1000th of the radiation of the patients from radiation scattering back to them thru the patient. We may also have an epidemic of Spine Surgeon's dropping dead.

    Hope they enjoyed all that money they made.
  • My fibro seems to have started right after my 2008 hysterectomy. M rhuematologist and research suggests any trauma can be the start of it.
    Newhouse17, if you can see a rheumatologist I would. It sounds as ifyour current Dr is just passing you off. Did he check for the FMS tender points? I hink you need at least 11 of them to be classified with FMS. As for the bloodwork, mine always comes back normal and the rheumy told me it is not a definitive test for FMS at all, the patient history is the key.
    I wish you all the best!
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