fibromyalgia , pregnancy , and epidurals

United States
July 22, 2008 6:26am CST
I am wondering if the reason I am having such bad back pain from the epidural I had almost 2 years ago could have something to do with the fact that I have fibromyalgia?? I called a different doc last night and they seem to think that might be most of it and that there is some kind of new pill just for fibromyalgia patients . I do not know , I really hate taking pills.
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@i12read (57)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I think it is possible that the fibro has made the pain continue. I had shoulder surgery 11 months ago, and my doc says the reason I still have pain from it is because of my fibro. I don't like taking meds either, but I currently take 8 pills and use my inhaler every night, plus take 3 pills every morning. I was recently diagnosed, so my docs and I are still trying to find the right meds for me, but I have had the pain for too long so I am okay with taking the meds if there is a chance of relief.
@AmbiePam (48570)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I have fibromyalgia as does my mother, but I've never heard of it being something you could get from last effects of an epidural. It seems to be a disease that comes without warning, so many different symptoms that it is hard to diagnose. I had one insensitive doctor who told me fibromyalgia was not real, and women just made it up in their heads (never mind that men can get it too). While anti-depressants are sometimes prescribed for fibromyalgia, there is a medicine out there now specifically to treat fibro, and it is called Lyrica. Cymbalta is an anti-depressant, but it also deals with physical pain, so sometimes that is an ideal medication to use. I know you hate taking pills, I do as well. But there are some days that fibromyalgia prevents me from doing anything outside my house. So if you can be helped, I hope you don't find it too constraining to take the medicine. Fibro patients who work on a healthy diet (and I mean healthy to a super level, not just eating right) and visit chiropractors usually have a lot of success too. So sometimes a patient can get by OK without a pill. But whatever happens I sure hope you feel better. : )