I have had cronic fatigue for years and doctors have done blood work and found nothing. for the past 7 years i have had a pain in my back. it is only on my upper left side between shoulder blade and spine. most days it is just uncomfortable but sometimes i get shooting pains when i move my head. it has gotten much worse last few months. I wanted to know if i have fibromyalgia? How can doctors test to see if I have it? Back rubs dont hep unless they are extremely hard. i have a back massager and the only way i get relief from it is to lay on it on the floor and position my arm just right. when i hit the right spots i can feel relief shooting through my arm and back and neck and it feel great. I am worried i am causing more damage though. Could i be causing nerve damage?
This question has also been asked and answered here: Is there a Fibromyalgia test or is it diagnosed by symptoms?
I've also had chronic fatigue for years plus pain and numbness. While I do have fibromyalgia, the numbness and some of the pain is from neuropathy and it took a neurologist to find it. You could probably also get relief by having a doctor prescribe physical therapy. They could work out your pain areas. Hope this helps.
I dont know for sure but I dont think u would cause any damage by laying on your back massager, you know what they say, if it feels good do it!!! Just kiding, but seriously u r probably moving the nerve or muscle that is causing the pain, thereby releiving the pain. I dont know anything about fibro, but i have done similar things for my similar pains. I would also recommend ice packs. Some people say alternate with heat packs but it doesnt work for me, however it want hurt for u to try. I mean the doctors cant even decide which is best, if u read diff. articles u will see both from the pros.
Hey I hope u find some answers,sometimes it takes some time to find the right answers, so try the ice and heat, or just ice for like 10 min. at a time, then your massager, I wouldnt use it for real long at a time either maybe 10 or so. This is just stuff I have done for a lot a soreness, Im a small woman and have done a lot of physical labor in my 50 years. Good Luck!!!
Oh, try to see if u are doing something that is causing it, you may not even realize. I mean it could be they way u r driving, typing,sleeping, or anything else u do more than a few times, or it could be something u did one time that u didnt realize ;the damage that was done at the time. Well im sure u r tired of me by now. Take care. Sherry
To diagnose Fibromyalgia, a doctor has to do the pressure points test in different areas of your body. They will ask you questions like :Do you always feel like you have the flu?" etc. That is how my doctor found out I have Fibromyalgia. There is no other tests that they can do (that I am aware of) except the pressure point test and as I know how much it hurts, it is worth it in the end to find out what the actual diagnosis is.
In order to find out if you are causing nerve damage you would have to find out that from your doctor as well as they can perform a special test to find out what nerve damage is being done, if any.
However, IMO, I don't think that your back massager would cause any nerve damage.
I am very sorry to hear that you are in so much pain and will pray that you get to feeling better soon or at least get some answers and help regarding this.
Hope this helps,
I have fibromyalgia. Some days it hurts when someone gives me a hug. I tried massage therapy but could not stand the pain. The doctors will rule out other auto-immune diseases such as lupus, MS., ect. They look for pain in the "trigger point" areas. DO NOT let a doctor tell you it is all in our head. When a doc can't determine the disease, it is always blamed on stress, depression, ect. I have found you have to be firm when talking to your doc. Yes you could have some anxiety inssues. However anxiety is caused by pain & not being able to do the things you once did. IT IS NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD! Anxiety is just a symptom of fibromyalgis!
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