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Well I'm in my own delema of sorts - I have both Fibro and Spinal OA (no idea what stage i'm at), but I have no clue how to tell between the two when it comes to which is what for what is casuing the pain in my spine and hips.
I'm in 24/7 pain in my lower back and hips, with minor shoulder/neck pain all the time (i've OA in my upper and lower spine). I have what I think are fibro flairs in my lower spine/hips area that will last for a week plus and the pain is through the roof (those are the days I need to use a chair toget around yet sitting is painful yet walking is almost impossible without asstance and even with assistance there is no garentee that my legs will not louse feeling and end me on the ground without being able to feel them).
I'm currently on Duloxetine 30 mg at bedtime and have been on it for almost two months now and I honesty can't tell the differance being on it from before being on it, nothing feels different (only side effect is that I'm not as regular as I once was - but that is managable). I'm still in 24/7 pain, I'm still not sleeping more then a total of 4 hours in a signle 24 hour cycle.
My Rhymatolgist will not up the dosage as we know that drugs and me are more times then naught workable - there are more drugs on the market that I can't have or just don't work that its a nightmare to find something that even is workable, and no thc isn't and will never be a option.
So what I am wondering is there a way to figure out which is which or is it really one and the same and that there will never be a division between the two of them in these areas? I don't have OA in any other part of my body that I'm aware of but I do have muscle loss all over my body to the point that i've extra skin hanging that was just a year ago firm and tight - so I know something is going on and its worrying.
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