Hello jwall. MiMi in NC. I am normally on the FM community. I wanted to tell you that I had lower back pain and the doctors could NOT find anything wrong with me either. Long story short. I tried P5P which is a vitamin B 6 vitamin that is processed so the body can use it. You have to get this at a vitamin store. The man I spoke to there told me that I would know whether or not it was going to help me before I finished the first bottle. Well, within the 2 weeks my back pain has eased. I was quite surprised as I did not expect it to help. This was last April and I am still taking 1 capsule every day. If I forgot to take it, my pain returns. It seems like some people can NOT process the Vitamin B 6 and this can cause problems for those of us who are unable to do this. I would suggest that you give this a try. (you can get a bottle for around $11).
I know just how back pain can affect people. Have you tried a heating pad? I know that when I have pain of any sort, I use a heating pad and it helps some.
I hope you can find something that will help you cope better soon.
Hello abaker. MiMi in NC and I normally post on the Fibromyalgia community....I sometimes visit other communities here though and read posts. I wanted to tell you that I also went through a bout of lower back pain and I finally found something that worked for me. I am a grandmother and I no longer work but I can feel your pain. Back pain is no fun....actually any kind of pain is no fun.
I tried P5P which is found at a vitamin store and I take one capsule daily after breakfast. I have been on these since April of last year and as long as I remember to take the capsule every 24 hours then the majority of my lower back pain eases so that I can function. P5P is a processed form of Vitamin B 6 and you can google it and read about it. I spoke to the man at the vitamin store about taking it and he told me that IF I took the first bottle and it did nothing to help me than I could forget taking it. I was quite shocked when it started working within 2 weeks of me starting it. It seems some people can NOT process the Vitamin B 6 which we normally get through what we eat.
I do not know if you take vitamins and supplements but I would also encourage you to be sure and ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level. Low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Hello....MiMi in NC...I am normally on the FM community but I read other users' posts as well. I was reading your post and I just wanted to know if you have looked into the *laser surgery* that is available in some areas? You do not say where you are from so I have no idea IF this would be an option for you to consider. But it might be a good thing to look into.
I had cervical (neck) surgery several years back. I did some research on this since I was actually scared to have it done. I had major issues with my right shoulder down to my fingers and the pain was so bad that I could no longer use my right hand/arm. (I am right handed also) I could not wash my hair and brush my teeth and do a lot of things where both hands/arms are needed.
The surgery was the best thing that I did. The recovery was difficult but I recovered well. I had to have parathyroid about 7 months prior to the cervical surgery. So I ended up being cut across my throat area from left to right. When I spoke to my neurosurgeon about the surgery I wanted to know how long it would take for the pain to go away and he told me that IF he did his job correctly that I would have *instant relief*....of course I did NOT believe him. I had read a lot of horror stories about people who have this kind of surgery and who ended up worse than were before they had the surgery. I was quite pleased and surprised when I came from the recovery room. I no longer had the shoulder pain that I had experienced. It hurt me 24/7 at the time I had the surgery.
I do think you should make sure you get a good surgeon. I know that I got a really good one. He ended up doing my right elbow surgery and my carpal tunnel also.
I hope you find the relief that you deserve. It is awful living in pain.
Hello rossgirl. I am MiMi from NC...I normally post on the FM community but I do roam other sites as well and read posts. I was reading your post and wanted to share with you what I found out about my lower back pain. I had it for some time and was sent to several different specialists. No one could find anything which was causing the lower back pain I had. I do have kidney stones in both kidneys but the doctor said he did NOT think they were causing my *severe pain*. The only relief I got was when I was using a heating pad.
Look up P5P and see what it is and what it does. I tried this. You have to get it at a vitamin store. I did research on this and then went to the vitamin store and spoke with the man there about it. He told me that IF it was going to help me that I would know by the end of taking my first bottle. I got the capsule form and starting taking it and within 2 weeks my back pain was better....so much better I could NOT even believe this.
I have been taking it now for 7 months and as long as I take it every 24 hours I have very little pain now. If I miss a dose or forget to take it....my pain returns.
I would also suggest that you also try Stopain Spray. You can find it over the counter at most any drug store or walmart. It is good stuff.
I would also like to suggest that perhaps you should ask the doctor about also checking your Vitamin D level....which is important to a lot of people these days. Again, do your own research and speak to your doctor about this. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Good luck. I hope you find something that will help.
Hello....MiMi from NC....I normally post on the Fibromyalgia Community....but on occasion I will visit other communities as well. I wanted to tell you about my experience with back pain and what I found that has helped mine. I had extreme lower back pain for a long time. I went to several specialist who could NOT find what was causing my back to hurt. I thought it might be from kidney stones...as I had them in both kidneys.
My DD (darling daughter) was watching a doctor who was on a local Fox TV channel who was talking about a recent seminar she had attended about *Morton's Toes*....she went on to explain that some people can NOT process Vitamin B 6 and this can be a real problem for these people. My daughter called me and was telling me about this and she said it sounds just like you. She thought I should try the P5P which can be found at vitamin store and is a processed form of Vitamin B 6. (the body does NOT have to process it to use it).
Well....on my next trip to the vitamin store I was talking to one of the employees there and he told me that I would be able to tell whether or not it was going to help me with the first bottle. I bought a bottle and within 2 weeks after taking a capsule every morning my back pain vanished. I could not believe this. None of the doctors mentioned anything about this to me. My only relief before taking these was a heating pad. I have now been taking the P5P since April. As long as I take them every 24 hours apart I have very little back pain. I have forgotten to take it a time or two and my back pain returns.
Do your own research about this on line and decide whether or not it is sometime you might want to try. Talk to your doctor about it. (not that the doctor will know).
My doctor told me that it would NOT hurt....as it is not stored within the body. This was the best $12 I spent.
As you probably already know people are different and what works for one may or may not help someone else. It sure worked for me.
I also wanted to tell you that I take Omegas as well...which I think helps with any inflammation of the body.
Hello Dave...I am always *sharing* whatever I have found that has made a difference for me. I think we all know that what works for one person may or may not work for someone else.
I still laugh when I think about the *reactions* which happened in this community when I mention Vitamin D several years ago. I still mention this in most of my posts now. I know just how sick I was before I did some research and found that vitamins and supplements would allow me to *control my FM pain*...I think my doctor still does not think that I do this. He does know though that I hate having to go to him so much. For several years as I struggled with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM...I just needed and wanted *help*. Every time I went in to see him, he did NOT know how to help me. He had been treating me for *depression* but I was NOT getting any better.
I continued to tell him I did not think I was depressed...but that something else was wrong with me. (and you know, when I decided to take matters into my own hands, he was *shocked* that I was right. People I have talked to have said that they would have changed doctors. This man has been my doctor for *years*. We now have a better relationship though since all of this happened. Perhaps he just thought I was *crazy* and the pain might have been causing me to be. I know that I am indeed a different person when I am in pain and can not find any relief...I am assuming we are all this way.
Anyway....I am still looking for something that will help my chronic fatigue. I would be so much better if I had the energy I need.
Hello....just wanted to comment that I have learned recently that our feet has a lot to do with other pain....Morton's Toe is one example. I have had lower back pain for some time now and not one doctor could tell me what was causing it. But I now take P5P, which is found in vitamin store and is a processed form of Vitamin B 6...I am still not quite sure just how all of this is connected but taking the P5P solved my lower back pain.
I also know that taking magnesium malate (from Vitamin store as well....solved my hurting feet, which felt like I was walking on pins and needles.
I will also add that I went to a foot doctor who could not help me at all. I do not think the doctors can always solve our problems with pain.
Hello....MiMi in NC....I normally post on the Fibromyalgia Community but I wanted to share what I have learned about lower back pain and what I have found to help me cope better.
I have had issues with my back off and on for years. It seems like the pain would be there and then something would happen and it would ease off for a while. It got better when I had my hysterectomy when I was 42 years old. I am now 60 and I have multiple health issues.
OK....I have had *lower back pain* for going on 2 years. I had been to several specialist trying to find out what I could do to help it. I first thought that kidney stones was causing it. I have stones in both kidneys but the doctor told me that he did NOT think this was the source of my lower back pain.
So no one was able to help me. Anyway....a local doctor was sharing some medical information on Fox channel one day and my daughter was listening to it. She called me later and was sharing what she heard with me. She could NOT believe what she was hearing and she thought that perhaps this was my problem. Anyway....it was about *Morton's toes, which I do have on both feet. So I came home and researched this myself and I was quite surprised at what I found out. I have also had carpal tunnel problems and kidney stones...(although I would have never thought that Morton's toes would have been related to lower back pain)...I guess no doctor *connected it either*....since I have also been to a foot doctor as well.
P5P.....was what this doctor was saying is sometimes the *solution* for people who can not process Vitamin B 6. P5P is the processed form which the body can use what it needs without having to go through the process before the body can use it.
Anyway....after I read up about it I decided to try this. I was taking Super Complex Vitamin B anyway...so I went to vitamin store and was talking to the person there about this and he told me that IF I had a problem then by the time I took up the first bottle I would/could tell a difference. (could this really be correct, I wondered?)
Within a couple of weeks....or less....my lower back pain eased up. OMG....was this for REAL?????? Well...let me tell you that P5P worked for me. I had been suffering with lower back pain forever...and nothing would help it but staying on a heat pad.
I am now on my 2nd bottle....and I can only say that I will probably be taking this for the rest of my life. I do know that when I *forget* to take it (on schedule of sorts) that my back pain returns.
The body only uses what it needs and then the rest goes out as waste. The body does not store it.
OK....so that's my story and I wanted to share it with others....just in case there is another person who just might find that it works for them as well.
As always I also want to say that Vitamin D has also made a HUGE difference in my FM pain level. Low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain. (WHO NEEDS MORE PAIN?) Ask your doctor to check yours, if you have not already done so. Do your own research about this....you might be quite surprised at just how important Vitamin D is.
Thanks....I also have knee problems....I got the synvisc injections in both knees several times....they have lasted me over 2 years each time....the PA who does them tells me that this is really good....normally the injections only last around 6 months or so. I have found that joint supplements also help me....and I have found out that all of them are not the same...you have to find which ones work for you.
I ended up and had to have right elbow surgery....I got to where I could not even use my right arm....I hope this treatment works for your elbow...I know just how much pain this can cause. Have you tried wearing the elbow braces at night? They helped me some.
Thanks again. I was thinking about trying the injections for my back but then changed my mind.