Will the books help me? Not sure...

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Will the books help me? Not sure...

Post by SeanD » Sat May 03, 2008 12:02 pm

My story is pretty long but we're about to take my son to go see Iron Man so I need to be somewhat quick. :)

A year ago I started waking up feeling like I had been hit by a truck each morning. It's not related to any point in time injury. I have Chronic Myofasical Pain and my doctor believes I may also have Fibromyalgia even though I don't have the "minimum number of tender points" to meet an official diagnosis.

However, after a year of cycling through different scripts, dozens of tests, MRIs, CT scan, bone scan, dozens of xrays, chiropractor :( , I've finally stumbled upon something that seems to help, which is Lyrica (approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia).

I have dozens of muscles knots all over my upper body, neck, shoulders, back and chest. They're very painful and have been there for at least a year. I'm 30 years old btw, and work at a cubicle. I've been to a trigger point therapist (massage...although it's really just someone putting their elbow into each knot trying to crush it). The TPT helped mildly but she did mention that most people with this many layers of tight muscle are usually 20 years older than I am.

My question is whether your books would be able to help me out. I have a deep pain in my spine, mainly between my shoulder blades and constant radiating pain in my entire upper body. On a pain scale, I wake up every morning as a 9...literally. I've spent 4 years in the USMC, have a high tolerance for pain and every morning I feel like I've been run over.

I know that's not a ton of information but I'm curious what everyone thinks before I spend the money on the books. I've spent tons of money pursuing solution to my chronic pain...which to me, feels like mainly back pain, as that's where it seems to center/stem from.

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