Hey, for those of you that seem to have both cfids/fm type thing as well as a spinal problem like an injury or degeneration, bone spur, discs, etc do you ever have trouble knowing which thing is primary when you are in a flare? The symptoms overlap and seem to tie into one another and so although sometimes its really obvious to me when its just neck stuff bugging me, other times like now I am less sure, also as I get older its harder to distinguish. This last weekend I irritated my neck after briefly nodding my head to some live music, I was in a pretty stable state before that, and now this week I have the neck pain but also these bad headaches that I get sometimes that can also be triggered by the wrong food or medication where its intense pressure and it gets worse when I lie down (which is hard cus like to lie down obviously) as well as gut upset and throat feels slightly sore, maybe glands swollen and for me also a slight temp at 98 (97+ normal). Its not unusual that I will have one completely down day in a week but this is turning into 2-3 already where I don't want to leave the house and feel weak and unwell, yet it doesn't seem like a classic cold as not the runny nose aspect which I rarely get anymore, I think because of the immune system upreg all the time. Do you think that irritating the spine, that already has a weak spot could flare a virus too or something with the immune system? I guess I am curious because in the past there was that theory by Dr.s Heffez and Rosner that fms was caused by chiari malformation and cervical stenois, but that didnt take hold widespread and its hard for me to understand how that ties into the probably diastolic dysfunction that Cheney thinks many of us have with a little hole in our hearts and also the mcs aspect etc So I am thinking it is just another issue on top of the cfs, a spinal one, that perhaps is worsened cus of the virus causing more likelihood of brain miscommunication and pain disorder becoming permanent, or maybe the virus is in the spinal fluid and when spine jarred it flares....I dunno, anyone else knowor have theories on how spine problems and cfs connected? It bugs me because I don't know whether to pursue spinal care primarily, which is very limited anyway for me or viral issues which is obviously limited too.