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Head Pain?
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mistysnow - November 29

Around 20 yrs ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, after several yrs of doctors telling me it was my nerves, or I had to see a psychologist. This condition has traveled throughout my body, starting in the chest. I stopped taking meds because I figure I can deal with it, and I've been doing well, until recently. I need to know if anyone has suffered from head pain? I cannot lay on my back, or even lean my head back against a tall sofa. At night I have learned to sleep (quite cleverly) with a neck pillow. However, recently the pain is getting worse and is now affecting me during the day. I had a MRI on my head and they tell me there is nothing wrong except that I have arthritis in my neck and this may be causing the pain in my head. I find this difficult to believe and am wondering if anyone else has this problem.


Fantod - November 29

Arthitis in your neck will certainly cause pain in your head. All of the nerves in your spine come to a junction at the base of your head. You may have a narrowing of some of the openings for the nerve bundles from calcium which would cause a great deal of pain. You may also have some myofascial pain or a combination of both. I really want to suggest that you reconsider taking medication. Things have really changed in the last twenty years especially where FMS is concerned. You can call your local hospital for a referral to a fibro-friendly rheumotologist. Or, you can go to the National Fibromyaglia Association website and ask them for a referral in your area. A pain specialist would be another option. Make sure you take your most recent MRI to the appointment. The longer you put off treatment, the harder it will be to get the pain you are experiencing under control. Take care and let us know how you are doing.


mistysnow - November 29

I'll try your suggestion and hope for the best. It just didn't make sense to me that pain would generate from my neck and make my head painful, but my neck doesn't hurt at all. I'll have it checked further. Will let you know how I make out. Thanks for your help.


MaryAnn50 - November 30

I would suggest maybe seeing a neurologist if you have not done so already. When new symptoms crop up, I always see my doctor - too easy to blame on FM. Might be something else.



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