Sciatica Fibromyalgia Do they go together?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lucy1953, May 13, 2006.

  1. lucy1953

    lucy1953 New Member

    I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for over 10 years. Has anyone had chronic sciatica or back problems along with the fibro?I have had chronic sciatica for over 2 years- chiropractor says piriformus syndrome caused by sitting for too long at the computer (8hrs a day)Family doctor does not believe chiropractor and MRI says herniated discs- neurosurgeon says herniated discs are not that bad and I do not require surgery- should go away on its own. It goes on and on- I can deal with the fibro but the only relief I get is when I sleep and that is because I take immovane when I go to bed. God help if I move or get up. If I sit- I have a big problem getting up. Help!!!!
  2. BabiCati

    BabiCati New Member

    Actually, I had sciatica and back problems before the FMS was dx. What helped me the most was physical therapy. I stuck to it three times per week for several months and did the exercises and still do. It still bothers me from time to time, expecially when I have stress but overall I am much better.

    You should ask about physcial therapy...

  3. lucy1953

    lucy1953 New Member

    I went to physical therapy for 8 months when I was diagnosed over 2 years ago- no relief- tried all kinds of treatment. The stiffness and pain never seem to go away. I have had acupuncture, emt, massage, injections. The tenderness in my buttocks- mostly on the left side is unbearable especially when I sit all day at work. I have bought many different chairs. I have also noticed my big toes on both feet are very painful to bend. Is this the fibro? Also numbness on thigh and left foot and toes. I have heard fibro does this as well- hard to separate the two conditions.
  4. JoaneWing

    JoaneWing New Member

    YES---I know exactly what you mean. I found a chiropractor that was able to help me tremendously. It took some looking to find the right one. I also do lower back exercises that help me.
    Good luck,
  5. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    Lucy ,my husband is an orthopedic PA and I cant remember the amount of times he has told people do not have surgery unless its a last choose.He says many times it doesnt help or can even get worse.Your best bet is exercise and rest.If the disk gets unbearable that might be reason for surgery but avoid that as long as you can.Numbness to one side usually is a disk .I am no doctor Im just relateing to you advice I have heard given for simular complants.Its a nerve irtation and can come from the back(slip Disk)I have trouble with the same thing only it affects my right side.I get Flares usually if I wear new shoes or bad sandles.I hope you feel better.
  6. lucy1953

    lucy1953 New Member

    thanks Joan-

    I have found a good Chiropractor and have been going for 9 months, however, sciatica should go away - he says I have piriformus syndrome aggravated totally by my job. I don't want to have my symptoms treated forever because when I don't go it comes right back. He is doing acupuncture, deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation - and ofcourse he does that almighty adjustment at the end. He is aware of my fibro diagnosis and does not believe I have it. He says I am way to positive and vibrant to have it- I am not the typical fibro patient- keep working with a smile on my face no matter what!
  7. msmac

    msmac New Member

    I am a medical transcriptionist and have been unable to do a shift since September of 2005 because of piriformis, herniated disc, fibro, etc.

    The vocational rehab people are going to revamp my workstation, includng a Zero Gravity chair. I will let you know how this works.
    [This Message was Edited on 05/14/2006]
  8. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    two separate things going on.....just if you have underlying skeletle problems or arthitis, bursistis or tendonitis...we feel the pain 3-4 times more than some who do not have fibro...

    read my bio i am a middle aged mess..started when i was 19 years old...and thin in propartion lady then...

    rtying to get that back..

  9. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    Sorry but I have found that most people I know that have these DD are just like that. We smile and try to carry on as if things were normal.Most of us are usually "the givers" we takecare of others before our self.I thing our mind ,body and spirit just gets worn out.
  10. Cakedec

    Cakedec New Member

    I also have double scoliosis. When I had the MRI for the sciatic joint problem, the only problem they saw was the scoliosis. I went to an orthopedic scoliosis surgeon, and he said he didn't know what the sciatic pain was from; maybe it was from the FMS???

    I have been disabled from working from the pain for a year and a half. Am seriously considering spinal fusion surgery for the scoliosis. The dr. won't guarantee that it will help the sciatic problem, but I suspect it will as others who had the surgery said their sciatic problem did improve. Otherwise I'm not far from crutches or wheelchair.

    The only thing that keeps me going are things that have been mentioned here; physical therapy exercises, pain relievers, rest, TENS unit; chiropractors (mine does some lower back traction). Drs. may suggest steroid shots for pain into the SI joint. Some people have good luck with these; others don't. THe first one I had helped for a few months. THe second irritated the joint worse than it was before and made me scream so I'm not having any more of those!

    Don't give up; keep trying; maybe accupuncture? Good luck.


  11. Muddieanne

    Muddieanne New Member

    I have had fibro for many yrs. For the last yr. I have had severe pain from herniatd disc.Since the disc problem was diagnosed by MRI,I had 2 epidurals which didn't help. Soon I am going to have a procedure called a selective nerve root block to stop the constant pain from the disc problem that causes pain in my left butt, down the thigh,back of the knee,down the calf and into the bottom of my foot.

    I am in constant miserable pain all the time,despite taking regular high doses of pain meds. I have been to ortho drs, physical therapists,chiros, pain specialists, Only my regular GP dr. really understands and tries to help me. I forgot to say I been on Prednisone with some good results.

    My dr. and I think this disc problwm happened because for yrs. I had butt pain on right side and probably adjusted the way I walk to help the pain on the right side.

    This sounds crazy but I used to have my[ex]husband punch me in the rt. butt cheek because it would seem to decrease the spasms that I think were happening. At least that husband was good for 2 things.

    I haven't been on the computer much lately and haven't posted in mos. because there is no way I can be comfortable sitting or standing or walking. Standing one spot is the most painful.

    Lately I required help for everyday chores from friends and I feel so discouraged. Tomorrow I w/see anesthesia dr. who w/do nerve block this wk. or next.

    I wish i could feel hopeful but I was so disappointed when the epidurals didn't work. I am trying not to jump ahead to imagine what I w/do if the nerve doesn't help.

    I have so much pain even though I take meds I wish could goback and have "only fibro" again.

    Thanks to all who read all this. I didn't mean to write so much but I feel so desperate.

  12. Jane_Canuck

    Jane_Canuck New Member

    I can relate to these posts.

    my md told me last week there is no such thing as pain and when you have fms on top what you see him for all he does is lump all the complaints into one ball.

    I finally went to ER last night due to all the pain and they gave me 3 shots and some prednosone and flexeril and percocets and set me home.

    I was told the sciatica was actting up and that I had arthritis in my lower ,umbar and my pelvis.

    I have to see my stupid doc again anyhow in a few weeks cause we did blood work for gout.

    He is fired as far as I am concerned but the doc I want into is not taking anyone new until after labour day.

    So I have to stay my course until I get into the new one cause this way I have updated blood work from the old doc and we can see what he wants to do from there.

    My butt muscles have stopped hurtning quite so much but my bones hurt still alot. They gave me wonder shots last night and so I do feel alot better then I did but not up to working standards yet. I have a hard hard time cleaning house and luckily I do not have to worry about work since I have no greencard yet.

    Hope all of you are doing alright! I agree get a good chiro they can work wonders!

    HAGD Brenda
  13. Muddieanne

    Muddieanne New Member

    Anyone;please reply to my post regarding sciatica,nerve block and desperation from pain.
  14. berrytired

    berrytired New Member

    I just realized I have sciatica, I thought I was sore from doing leg presses at the gym with too much weight...and then I had to drive my son someowhere about a 45 drive and my left bum cheek felt like it was going numb...I ignored it and then my husband and I ran into a golfing buddy of his and he said "how's your back" to this guy we began chatting and he said it was sciatica and I told him my back was acting up and told him about my butt...and he said that's what it is...sooooo I never know what I'll wake up with from one day to the next...oh goes to the gym!
  15. lucy1953

    lucy1953 New Member


    This sounds exactly like me- the epidurals did not help me either. My chiro pretty much says it is job related. When you tell people you have a sore behind, they sort of look at you funny- but to be in constant pain is worse than the fibro. I am not on any pain meds- just an arthritis medication for as my fam dr. says "flare-ups"-(my flare ups are a daily item on the menu)My husband is blind in one eye and cannot work anymore- had to retire 5 years early and I feel I need to work to maintain our lifestyle. He is trying to convince me we should downsize and I should quit working but I am determined to be a martyr. As I am sitting here typing, the pain is quite uncomfortable. I have my annual physical tomorrow with a substitute Dr.(female) and I will see if she has a different opinion.
  16. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    I have terrible sciatica. Not exactly sure what the cause is. I had/have sacral fractures which probably are at least a major contributing factor. Sitting is the hardest thing on it. I have had back pain since I was 17. Still not actually diagnosed with FM, but I know I have it, I have every symptom and a family history of it.
  17. Muddieanne

    Muddieanne New Member

    thanks for replying.Yes, it is very difficult to explain the butt pain.Also,I can't stand in one spot for more than a few seconds without severe pain in leg.Nobody understands that I have to sit down immediately.

    I w/have nerve block next wk. I am so dejected but trying to have hope that I w/get relief.


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