Well, I have herniated disks too so that is probably that I remembered the wrong term. It was called something else I know. Thanks for all the advice and info - appreciated and noted. Have a good day. Ruthie
Actually, m'dear, cervical radiculopathy is a herniated disk in your cervical spine and has nothing to do with fibromyalgia except that they both can include pain as a symptom... I know because I was diagnosed with that not too long ago, after I'd had an MRI, and I asked TONS of questions... I'd ask to see a neurologist, if I were you, about that one. It could make a HUGE difference in the kind of treatment you receive...
The fibro? There is no known cure at this time, probably because they don't even know what CAUSES it, and fixing it has to start with knowing the cause... I was told in the beginning that physical therapy is not intended to help with the fibro pain necessarily, though for some it will to an extent... so what physical therapy does for you is strengthen your muscle structure so it keeps your body in better alignment, and it will give you a bit more stability and flexibility--and optimize your chances of healing. And it is like taking a class in college for your career, you don't just keep going to class forever-- you have to go out in the world and apply it. I have to do my physical therapy "homework" every week to maintain any benefit...
Is that what you did, too? Did you get ANYTHING out of it?
I now have diabetic neuropathy as well as the fibromyalgia and herniated disk, and live with pain every day-- and I can barely function without the physical therapy. It is SO much worse without the exercise, because I get muscle spasms etc and pretty soon I lose the ability to move... a definite catch-22.
Hurts when I do, hurts when I don't-- I'd rather be doing. LOL
I know we're all different... what works for me won't necessarily work for you, and vice versa... but I have to say, it's better to keep trying...
Maybe you'll find some ideas here on the threads that will help along the way. I know I've picked up a few "emergency" items to help during a major flare--Hope you find a way soon...
Welcome to the team! Be well
Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 5/6/2012 (10:21)
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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (they used to call it cervical radiculopathy way back when in the 1980's). So, I have learned to live with the pain. I have been kicked out of so many PT facilities, being told "to learn how to live with the pain" because they couldn't cure me than I can count. It has been discouraging to say the least, but I keep persevering regardless. I have had bad reactions to many of the treatments pharmacological for this disorder (Lyrica, Cymbalta and the like), so am on neurontin that helps minimally (they are upping my dosage for treatment of essential tremors, so maybe that will help the pain more with that - we will see). I joined this group to see how others handle their pain and to be supportive and receive support from fellow sufferers (don't have another word to describe us, sorry). So, hello everyone. I have been a member of the team but don't recall introducing myself so here I am......
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