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I don't know what to do

Started by Liana Mazier on 01/22/2017 7:30pm

Hi, I am new here, I have RA and fibromyalgia I also have chronic lower back pain due a nerve that is pinched the doctors gave me some steroid shots a few years ago but that didn't help so much the pain came back.

Two weeks ago, I start having pain again on my lower back on my shoulders and the middle of my spine then my neck and finally started to have mild headaches I also have pain on my hips and one of my toes on the right foot is tingling I call my rheumatologist and describe this and she told me that is sciatica and recommend me to find an orthopedic doctor or go to see the pain doctor and do another round of steroid shots,

I'm not a doctor, but I don't feel this is sciatica so I want to ask the people who lives with pain like me who will be able to really understand me what you will recommend me to do this weekend I was tempted to go to the hospital but I don't know if the hospital will even consider this as an emergency.

Thank you

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Hi, Liana--thank you for your post. We are sorry to hear about the pain your experiencing--RA, fibromyalgia, and chronic low back pain are a lot to manage. Couple that with upper back and neck pain and headaches, and it can really take a toll.

One of the things that jumped out to us about your post was that you're having headaches along with upper back and neck pain. This may be connected cervical radiculopathy, which is caused by a nerve problem in the neck. Your rheumatologist's recommendation to seek a spine specialist sounds like the right approach. SpineUniverse has a doctor locator tool to help you find a qualified professional in your area ( https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe... ).

You describe having widespread spine pain--not just in your neck but all throughout your spine. If your gut is telling you that sciatica isn't the issue, meeting with a spine specialist is the best way to know what's truly at the root of your back and neck pain. We hope this information was helpful, and we wish you the very best of luck!