Hey Joy, Thanx for the info, totally new news to me. I check my bottle of Lyrica and it states; may cause drowsiness, alcohol may intensify this effect. use care when operating a car or dangerous machinery. Why can't someone be direct and tell us "You can not drive or operate machinery while taking this medication, It's against the law"? Just nuts I tell ya. Can that be considered entrapment?View Thread
I can't think of anything else to suggest. Maybe if you slow down doing or stop doing some of these things people may take you more seriously about your pain level. Degenerative disc disease along with other spine conditions such as arthritis in the spine can happen at any age and from activities, daily or not. It doesn't need to be from an actual injury per se. And some are genetic, hereditary(sp).View Thread
You also mentioned pain while standing for 40 mins doing dishes, so I was under the impression that there were more activities which cause you pain. My thought was that once you have somewhat of a list, you can approach your parents and your Dr with the list as many times we forget to mention things during our Dr's appt. And they may think more about getting to the bottom of your pain.
If it were me, I would not resume the activies just yet, if at all until I knew something more for sure about my pain. Is it possible that these may have caused something to go out of place or even a smallest of injury?View Thread
I suggest that you write down a list of all the things that cause irritation, pain or discomfort, where the pain is or travels to and describe it in some way; like stabbing, dull, ache, sharp, electrical sense, streaming, itchy, creepy crawly, etc..... Also how frequent you feel the pain(you mentioned constant and your parents think menstral)
It would also be helpful knowing what the insurance covers as this may be a reason, and your young age, why some things may be over looked, either by your Dr or your parents. Not to mention the costs of health care.
It's not that terribly uncommon for a young person to have back or spine issues. How tall are you, what's your weight, and what's your body type? These may be relevant to some of the causes for your pain.
You can use the 'Symptom Checker' on WebMd's home page, or search through the tabs at the top of this page, to give you some ideas.
Hey Meloria! I'm glad something is working out well for you. You mentioned seeing someone from Spine NET, the name has me concerned about quality care, please check the credibility/credentials and such of the person you are/will be seeing. I know Nothing of them, but am going to check into them now. lol
As Joy, bj1208, pointed out, seeing the right type of Dr is crucial. Not only for your health, quality of life and proper treatment options, it will help with your SSDI application and benefits. Even if you have them review your older MRI images and notes. I think it would be beneficial to have an updated MRI. Without Joys' advice and suggestions I wouldn't have gotton the RIGHT type of Dr and the RIGHT diagnosis for the RIGHT treatment my condition(s) required. My "Orthopedic Spine Specialist" Was the only one of my Dr's that could read the images correctly.
Do you have an atty handling your appeal and SSDI case? That is very important. I don't know all of the ins and outs of SSDI, and each case is different. If you haven't listed the Fibromyalgia to your case you will need to add that to it. And it is very beneficial having a diagnosis from your Dr with any restrictions. Here is a link that may help you, you can click on the other areas/chapters listed at the top left side for add'l info:
I don't know much about Fibromyalgia, there are many articles and other information available on medical websites. You can use WebMd's search area at the top cnter of this page to search here. I do know that Fibromyalgia causes sleep difficulties and more. Plus just the facts of life and living (getting older). Here is a link for WebMd's Fibromyalgia Support Exchange: