Has anyone tried acupuncture for pain in thighs and lower back that might com from fibromyalgia? I have learned that I have arthritis in the right hip that causes pain in the right thigh but I also have had pain in both thighs that I thought I had these from new fibro pain. Doctor has given me pain pills and a shot in the right hip. I see him again in a month. But he doesnt understand the left thigh and lower back pain and doesn't quite believe in fibromyalgia. any ideas? Kittenliz
You don't mention pain in any other parts of your body. Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain throughout the body. If this isn't the case for you, then you most likely do not have fibromyalgia. As far as the shot in your right hip, the latest research has shown that people who get cortisone or steroid injections do not have any better recovery than people who only do physical therapy. And in fact, over time those with the injections have worse pain as time goes on. My left arm is a perfect example. I had 4 shots in it over 10 years ago and it is in far worse shape than my right arm which has permanent disability from a stroke. You might wish to get a second opinion from another doctor. Wish you the best with your pain.
Here's my advice about your dr. Get one that believes in your illness. I have allot of trigger points in my back that cause the severe pain in it and my legs. I've started trigger point shots in my upper back, we're working down, lol... The upper back feels 95% better. The ones in the muscles in your neck and shoulders hurts like he## while he's doing it. I've yet to experience it with my sacrum.
I have lower back pain that radiates to my buttocks, hips and thighs. Mostly on the right but sometimes it has been on both sides. I have arthritis in my spine and bugling discs, fractured sacrum. It is possible that your pain could be caused by lower spine or disc problems and you are having referral pain. The only way to find out for sure is a MRI.
Hi sorry for your pain. I have lower back pain which goes to my hips then down
to my thights, I have sciatica. pain meds & physical therapy helps with the pain.
have you talk to your dr. about sciatice i'm not a dr. so you maybe need to find
another dr. for a second opinion. I had to get a second opinion for my foot pain
& find out I have nerve damage. just got to find that dr. that fit you. Good luck
hope you find what you need for your pain.
Happy New Year Kitten – 4 very good responses to your question in my opinion. I agree with KM and tj find a pain Dr who believes in your pain first. lucyb is correct U need to have a MRI scan on your lower back to C if there is spinal involvement also if U have not had one. Sara 12345 is correct that Fibro (FM) causes widespread pain throughout the body. U may have Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP) the main component of which are trigger points (TrPs) and this is what KM is referring to in her response. All too often Dr’s lump this condition with FM and call it FM and it is not! That said my therapist said that this is done because the treatment is the same for both conditions. I have yet to hear of someone with FM who is receiving the treatment what I and KM are getting. U need to C a Dr who can tell U whether it is CMP or FM so that you can get the correct treatment for U and discuss all your treatment options.
I too could have had the treatment what KM is having but it was felt that what I am receiving now was a better option in my case. I have CMP & FM. I have had CMP for 9 years and FM for 3 years. So I can definitely tell U that they R 2 separate conditions!!! The pain that U describe is what I have too. In answer to your question I have had acupuncture for CMP TrPs on my lower back and like U I had pain that radiated to the thighs (and in my case the buttocks also). Acupuncture did work for me I had it many years ago now but I am due to have it again as part of my new treatment plan. Because I have been like this for a long time without the correct treatment and patient education I must first have a treatment called Myofascial Pain Release (MPR), a deep massage based treatment aimed @ treating TrPs in all areas of the body & treating the nervous system. This will stop @ some point & I will go on to receive acupuncture then hydrotherapy. This treatment regime should take 6months. The MPR has really helped with my upper back and neck pain. I get shoulder pain too. I have only had 2 x 1 hour sessions and the difference is unbelievable. Most of the time the improvement is 99%. Like KM my therapist started at the top of my body and is working their way down. My therapist states that U also need to be on a FM drug as any treatment of TrPs works hand in hand with the FM medication- Take care and good luck
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