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Arthritis and fibromyalgia

nancydpagannnancydpagan Posts: 1
edited 07/03/2015 - 2:41 AM in Fibromyalgia
Hi all,
Does anyone have chronic back pain and fatigue in your body? I’m suffering from intense pain and fatigue all over my body. I’m not able to sleep properly and always feeling tiredness. Are these all normal symptoms of aging process? I’m now 55 and have arthritis too.One of my friends had told me that people who are suffering from arthritis may also have fibromyalgia. I don’t have any skin sensitive problem. Does anybody have similar experience like me?

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  • Hi. I've had osteoarthritis most of my life. My pain has been chronic (constant pain lasting months +++) since I had my first child in my 30's. Have you had any diagnostics for your spine pain? Does your body ache or is it more of a shooting intense pain? Anywhere specific or all over? As we age our bodies can deteriorate a little but NO! I don't think that what you're describing is 'normal' no matter how common it is. With arthritis it's important to make life style changes to help slow the progression.

    The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is often handed out when docs don't really know the answers. It's used to cover a multitude of sins. For some it's very real & debilitating but unfortunately its often incorrect & stops people getting the proper treatment that they really need. That's been my experience!
    Pain often disrupts sleep even when we're not particularly aware of it. Have you tried natural suppliments like melatonin to help regulate your sleep or even sleep medications? That helps me a lot.
    There are many syndromes that could also cover your situation. Chronic fatigue syndrome comes to mind. Do you suffer from anxiety? That can also present in the way your describing your health. Do you exercise regularly? That can help tremendously. It will be recommended for ALL of the things I've mentioned so far including your back pain. I'd recommend getting a referral for physical therapy if possible to ensure that you're stretching & exercising in the correct way & not stressing your back & arthritis further. Specialist yoga has been invaluable to me in the past.
    Really only a doctor can diagnose you so it depends on how much this is disrupting your life. If the pain isn't intense, just annoying I'd try making some changes, trying to sort your sleep & exercise. Diet can make a big difference to the way we feel. Many swear by an arthritis anti-inflammatory diet. The aches can be helped with hot Epsom salt baths & OTC creams or meds. I truly believe in natural remedies if possible....I also take a lot of prescription medications for my chronic pain. You do what you need to do to function. ;-)
    When was your last docs check-up? Bloodwork can tell if you have any deficiencies. Vitamin D, the B's, magnesium etc can cause your symptoms. I was amazed by the symptoms of too little vitamin D!! Hormonal imbalances can make you feel terrible. Before you jump to the fibromyalgia conclusion I'd have a complete work-up.

    Sorry if I've underestimated your pain from your post. It's impossible to say what's going on. Only a doc & specialists can answer that. I hope some of my suggestions help a little. Are you currently receiving any treatment for your back pain & arthritis?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • cathy12156ccathy12156 St. Pauls, NCPosts: 3
    Yes and have been for 10 years.  I've had physical therapy, water therapy (helped a lot but can't afford high gym fees, etc.  I also have anxiety issues and HAD depression for 20 years but now I just have the anxiety and pain....it could be worse so thank God it is not as bad as so many others.  But does anyone know of a doctor that will prescribe percocet while on clonipin   5mg percoceet 2 to 3 daily and 2 mg clonipin l morning and 1 night
  • cathy12156ccathy12156 St. Pauls, NCPosts: 3
    I am 60 and certainly know what you are feeling.  I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and I am in pain contiuously.  Being tired comes with it.  When one is in pain it bothers, or at least for me, it bothers sleep and anxiety issues.  My pain doctor just told me I cannot take 5mg percocet with my 2mg a day cloipin.  I know many people overuse these drugs but what is one to do when you cannot take anything else due to me having Chronic kidney disease.  No-one will give me the percocet now.  I hope you find releif soon because continuous pain is awful.  I am still looking for a doctor that will help.
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