Herniated Disc and Fibromyalgia

I am a 38 year old wife and mother.I  have been suffering with this painful and debilitating condition. I also suffer from fibromyalgia, a severely painful chronic condition.

I just recently had my second MRI, 2 years apart. My chronic pain physician failed to order an MRI, including the cervical spine. I also have myofascial pain to my neck. I had already been told my several previous doctors that with the pain reported to that area, I probably had a herniation.

My most recent MRI of the lumbar spine showed mild straightening of the normal lumbar lordotic region. It also showed an annular tear to L5-S1 with focal desiccation with a broad based bulging disc, which impinges upon the thecal sac.

My pain doctor basically told me I had primary fibromyalgia pain and that there was nothing more they could do for me. I was then referred to a neurosurgeon.

These physicians do not understand that fibromyalgia patients experience exacerbations of this painful condition whenever they have other painful conditions. Its basically a cycle of pain when you have a flare up of pain from the low back. That then begins to exacerbate pain from fibromyalgia.

I also suffer from anxiety and depression. So, the cycle then brings upon anxiety, because you then feel helpless in not being able to control or manage pain from your low back and the fibromyalgia pain.

I don't want surgery so I am researching any other options. I hope to gain strength, mind and body. - Melissa

Herniated Disc and Fibromyalgia to Herniated Disc
5/24/10 Revised 1/9/13


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