Hello Julius and welcome. MiMi in NC....at one time I could not use my right arm/hand and had major pain in my shoulder area all the way down to my fingers....mine turned out to be several discs in the neck area. I did NOT have any neck pain though at the time. I went for a MRI and it revealed that I had major problems there. I ended up having cervical surgery to correct this. When I spoke to the neurosurgeon who did it I asked him how long it would take for my pain to go away and he told me that IF he did his job correctly, that I would get *instant relief*. When he said this I thought to myself....yes, I bet I will.....as I did NOT think this would happen. Well, I am hear to tell you that it did. When I woke up from the surgery, I was really very sick but I did not have any shoulder pain.
I have read horror stories about people who have surgery and come out worse than when they started. But on each and every surgery I have had, I had gotten better, little by little. I have had 7 hand surgeries, elbow surgery, parathyroid surgery, cervical (neck) surgery plus others.
I think it is really important to get the right kind of surgeon to do what needs to be fixed.
I hope you will soon find some relief as I have been through the same thing. I could not wash my hair or brush my teeth when I was having these issues....and I never thought mine might be with my neck....but it was.
I also want to add that I, too, had very bad headaches for several months before I had the surgery. I hardly ever have them now.
Take care and please update us on how things go for you.
Hello Mary....I so agree with you. I think most doctors just do NOT get it though. They DO NOT take us seriously since they have not have to face it each and every day. I think Dr. P is the only doctor who truly understands this and it is because he has to face it every day just like we do. It is sad that more doctors do not have the knowledge of how to help us FMers. I will say this that my doctor did NOT take me seriously until we have confrontation about the parathyroid. From that day forward he has changed how he tries to help me now. I do not like going to doctors in the first place and only go when there is a need. Perhaps this is not good on my part but it is how I have become, whether or not it is best.
I think all of us FMers need a good doctor though as it mays it so much better IF you have someone on your side.
Hello okaynu and welcome. Good info that you shared with us. Yes....sometimes it is indeed possible to *control* when you have to do things. I know though when I was having to go into court with my son I had no choice in the matter and it was at least an hour and a half driving time to one county and over 2 hours to another....which did not help my situation either. It seemed like the closer the date was I got really nervous about the trip. (I hate driving on the interstate anyway, especially so far).
Once I arrived there and so many times I was there for just a very short time....(less than an hour for the most part)....I then had to get back onto the interstate for the drive back.
Once I arrived home I was not in good shape for several days then. Stress does horrible things to us FMers.
You are correct though....we should all remember our spirits....no matter what.
Hello and welcome....MiMi in NC....I have tried ice before also but did not find that it helped me at all. I had my first knee surgery back in the 80's when I got hurt at the Atlanta Airport. I dislocated my knee cap and so far have had 4 knee surgeries on the knee. Back then they encouraged me to use the ice for swelling but I found that ice does not help me at all. I have also heard that using both heat and ice is good as well.
I do know though that what works for one person may or may not work for another.....we are all different so we have to try different tools and figure out what works best for us. It is a good feeling when you have tried something and found just how good it works.
Have you tried Stopain Spray also? This is good stuff and sure does work well for me. I use it after I take a hot shower.
Have you also gotten your Vitamin D level checked? Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some of us FMers...and it can also affect other illnesses as well.