can u have it also on ur L side, i was told it usually is on only 1 side is this true or false? mine acts up every day since the weather is changing so much plus arthritis in my lower back, can it b fibro too?
Hi Eve, no is the answer to your question. If you truly have fibro you would feel it on both sides of your body. They are called trigger points. If you feel the top of your shoulder on each side & feel a very sore spot almost a lump (between your shoulder & your neck towards the back side) , also on your top part of your lower arm just before the elbow bend, rub in a small cirle if thats sore too, & the fleshy part of your hand between the thumb & index finger is another spot. You have them on identical spots on eack side of your body. They are not in the joints, but next to them as comes the word fibro from fiburous. They are in the tummy, lower right & left, behind the knees, & there are 12 in each shoulder blade alone, & up & down your spine on the outer edge next to the spine at every vetebrae. I have never heard of one sided fibro before in my life! Unless you are paralyzed on one side & couldn't feel it.
Mine are killing me today, & we are expecting rain. Go figure! I have turned my body into a meteorologist! Ofcourse your arthritis is going to feel the weather too. So sorry youare hurting... Mary
Fibro is always on both sides of the body. See a cut from an article regarding fibro symptoms below:
What are symptoms and signs of fibromyalgia?
The universal symptom of fibromyalgia is pain. As mentioned earlier, the pain in fibromyalgia is not caused by tissue inflammation. Instead, these patients seem to have an increased sensitivity to many different sensory stimuli and an unusually low pain threshold. Minor sensory stimuli that ordinarily would not cause pain in individuals can cause disabling, sometimes severe pain in patients with fibromyalgia. The body pain of fibromyalgia can be aggravated by noise, weather change, and emotional stress.
The pain of fibromyalgia is generally widespread, involving both sides of the body. Pain usually affects the neck, buttocks, shoulders, arms, the upper back, and the chest. "Tender points" are localized areas of the body that are tender to light touch. Fibromyalgia tender points, or pressure points, are commonly found around the elbows, shoulders, knees, hips, back of the head, and the sides of the breastbone and are typical signs of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Tender Points Diagram
Fibromyalgia "tender points" are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "trigger points," which is terminology that is used to describe a situation whereby pressing on certain trigger points can initiate a sequence of symptoms. This is not the case with fibromyalgia tender points, which are chronically a focus of pain and tenderness in the particular area involved.
Fatigue occurs in 90% of patients. Fatigue may be related to abnormal sleep patterns commonly observed in these patients. Normally, there are several levels of depth of sleep. Getting enough of the deeper levels of sleep may be more important in refreshing a person than the total number of hours of sleep. Patients with fibromyalgia lack the deep, restorative level of sleep, called "non-rapid eye movement" (non-REM) sleep. Consequently, patients with fibromyalgia often awaken in the morning without feeling fully rested, even though they seem to have had an adequate number of hours of sleep time. Some patients awaken with muscle aches or a sensation of muscle fatigue as if they had been "working out" all night!
Mental and/or emotional disturbances occur in over half of people with fibromyalgia. These symptoms include poor concentration, forgetfulness, and memory problems, as well as mood changes, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Since a firm diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult and no confirmatory laboratory tests are available, patients with fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed as having depression as their primary underlying problem.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include migraine and tension headaches, numbness or tingling of different parts of the body, abdominal pain related to irritable bowel syndrome ("spastic colon"), and irritable bladder, causing painful and frequent urination. Like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome can cause chronic abdominal pain and other bowel disturbances without detectable inflammation of the stomach or the intestines.
Each patient with fibromyalgia is unique. Any of the above symptoms can occur intermittently and in different combinations.
Yes I also agree the Fibro is on both sides. But Fibro does cause back pain. I also have a lot of right side pain along with bilateral pain. What I have found out is a lot of that pain is related to my Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Recently I went to another rheumatologist on my PCP request and she started me on a RA medication. Though my blood work is negative it is still possible to have RA. I also have RA in the family. I have now been on Plaquinal for about 6 plus weeks. It takes 3 months to know if it is working. Interesting fact is I am feeling a little better but unsure is the medication or the warmer weather. I also stopped Cymbalta due to weight increase. I was put on Wellbutrion to help with the withdrawl side effects. It definetly has helped. The first week was the worst but now I am having less symptoms. My point being you could have Fibro and arthritis and keep seeking doctors until they find something to help ease your pain.
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