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Chronic sciatica/fibromyalgia - Need help!!

Cfry1360CCfry1360 Posts: 1
I am a 35 yr old female who has been experiencing chronic sciatica (diagnosed with fibromyalgia) with pain in my lower back as well as the accompanying pain that radiates down to my calves. I develop knots on the left or right sciatic nerve area (on whichever side is flared up at the time). The pain radiating into my calves is unrelenting and debilitating. I've experienced the pain since I was 19 yrs old, but managed without any medications until I was 26 or so. I had a baby at 31 yrs old, and since then it has progressed into pain that is making my life a living nightmare. My son is now 4, and I'm struggling to take care of him and am unable to work. I'm now divorced from a 7 yr marriage in which i feel my chronic pain ultimately ruined. This has caused severe depression. I've been to numerous dr's over the years and I've never been able to find one that could find what the root cause is of my sciatic/leg pain. I've tried EVERYTHING (counseling, natural medicine, PT, dry needling, praying, and prescription meds from A-Z!). Pain meds seemed to control my symptoms to a point, but it's gotten to where I feel like I'm on a nerve! I lost my health insurance due to my divorce in April 2013 and haven't had any pain meds since then, and I just 'gave up'. Feeling defeated and overwhelmed, I've experienced a multitude of other physical issues (gastro, mental breakdowns, crying fits daily, no social interaction). My son told me that I couldn't give up, which is why I'm here (I've been reading these forums for years for encouragement/help). My ex added me back onto his insurance and started fully supporting me, knowing fully how bad I suffer. I had MRI's done which showed some small disk bulges in my back and neck (I also suffer from whiplash effects from a car accident in Oct 2012). Can any offer any words of wisdom? Anyone with the same issues able to suggest a good dr in or near Baton Rouge?? Need help PLEASE!!

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 03/13/15 11:47


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,806
    edited 03/14/2015 - 9:58 AM
    cfry1360, I am from lake charles, welcome. I know some good doctors in Louisiana, but if you want the best its Houston . Thats not to far, but far enough with pain trying to drive. The fibro diagnosis is always one of curiosity for myself as I am always interested how people were diagnosed. Was it the criteria they use now, the old tender points, or was it you reached the end of the doctors you were seeing diagnosing capacity and they just said fibromyalgia. It should be a diagnosis of exclusion and depending on what has been excluded it may or may not be fibromyalgia. Was it a fibro specialist? I actually can recommend one of those, he has written books on the subject and spend the begining of his career as a research doctor studying it before moving into pracitce of his own. people from china fly to him. He really is something special, very brilliant and compassionate. He again though would be traveling to Mississippi. Personal message me and i can give you his name. He ruled out fibro for me and allowed me to continue to focus on finding what actually was the real problem.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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