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Arthritis and Rheumatism

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09/24/2009

Question:

I`ve had plantar faciiatis...cortisone shot, phys. therp., night splint and surgery. During therapy it was discovered that my feet problems were coming from my spine. I have spondylolisthesis. It`s been a few yrs since the surgery and I have bouts of pain in both feet that come and go. I can`t stand in one spot..have to keep swaying and I can`t walk longer than 20 mins and I have to sit. I have arthritis in one knee, one shoulder and I was told I have bursitis in my hip. I really feel crippled and too old for my age. My feet and lower legs swell and I`ve been having this buzzing sensation for the last few days in my ball of my foot and toes (not the foot that had surgery). I go through EXTREME bouts of fatigue. experience tremors, twitches and now my arms are feeling very heavy and my head drops easily. I can`t help but wonder if this is all connected. I`m currently taking 200 mg celebrex 2x a day and if I miss a dose, I`m in trouble. My doctor has me on this because he thinks it might be fibromyalgia but he can`t say for sure. Can fibromyalgia be this bad?

Answer:

The short answer is yes it can. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is a symptom complex that is not very well understood.

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Response by:

Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University