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Hi again! It sounds to me like your low back problem is aggravating your neck problem, as this is very common.
I know MRI's can be pretty expensive, so I would suggest asking your doctor to check your muscles in your upper back either side of your shoulder blades, and your neck.
Some people call these trigger points.
Any tenderness or knots in these areas will bring on and aggravate your symptoms if this is the source.
I learned how to check myself after going to therapy. All I had to do was squeeze my shoulder close to my neck and I would get very lightheaded or dizzy, and I then go back to therapy.
So yes, if there is something going on with your muscles, physical therapy is what I have found works wonders for the pain and light headedness.
The therapist taught me that our muscles have a memory, and any wrong move or overuse can bring this problem on again.
The therapy started working immediately compared to any other treatment.
Meds and soaking do not take care of the problem, they just make me feel better for awhile.
I first spent years with on and off back problems, going to a chiro and getting adjusted, as I would be bent to the side, limp, and in alot of pain.
The problem was, I had to go so often to get adjusted, and it would just go out again eventually.
Sometimes I could go for months, sometimes only weeks with no problem.
When I did go for treatment, it ended up being my whole back and neck that needed adjustment, as your low back is the foundation of your spine, so it just moves up and affects everything.
Because you hardly have any disc left, this would affect anything above that area, and many times below also, like me.
I am on disability now as I will also need neck surgery because of bone spurs in my neck, and as far as my low back goes, I have another herniation, which makes it hard for me to stand long, sit long, lift much, you name it.
My girlfriend's fibro was helped with physical therapy. She has no computer so she is never on the boards, and she works part time.
The surgery I had years ago helped with the herniation and the pain going down my leg, the problem was, I didn't know I had stenosis also, which is why I can't stand real long, so I went to docs for that problem forever hearing one opinion after another.
In the meantime I would stand too long without realizing it and be in terrible pain and limping, and laid up for a week at a time with no answers.
Then I ended up herniating again from just bending to look at something in a store.
From researching, I found out that I was slowly herniating again, untill one day it just never got better, which was what happened years ago too.
I didn't know a person could herniate this way untill I read up on it when it first happened.
I believe your disc may have alot to do with your other back and neck problems. The problem is, I also went from one doc to the next trying to get help, like you, and ended up having to live with it, knowing full well one of these days I was not going to get better after being laid up, which is exactly what happened.
I have degenerative disc disease, alot of arthritis, bone spurs, and stenosis, so nobody wants to do surgery on me as its genetic and runs in my family and will just keep getting worse.
So I applied for disability, and of course was denied like everybody else is, and got an attorney and then was approved without going to court.
So I would suggest getting your muscles checked first, just ask to have those areas I told you about checked.
About the disc in your low back, if this is not taken care of, it will eventually get worse so if you are living around this daily, if it affects every aspect of your life, and you have to be careful with everything you do, I would see what you can do to fix it.
About fibro, i know how some people think about that, and my girlfriend applied for SSD and put that as the reason and the judge would not even see her or take her case because he didn't believe in it.
It is not right but that's how some people think. They consider it as pain of an unknown origin, so some decide it must be in your head.
Life can be unfair, but that's how it goes! My GF was working at a job, cleaning her house, vacuming, babysitting her grandchildren, moving furniture, running till she was exausted, and approved for disability, while i was laid up in pain, unable to stand or walk, had her running errands for me, doing my housework for me, and I was denied lol.
It was not funny at the time though!
Is the disc problem and fibro the only things you have been diagnosed with? Because with the disc problem, this affects many other areas.
And my doc tried to diagnose me with fibro too, untill I argued with him because my pain and symptoms were coming from my neck problem, ( I knew this because of years of problems ) which is severe stenosis there also, and large bone spurs.
This was found by accident by the way. I woke one morning and could not move my shoulder. The doc ordered x-rays on my neck and then an MRI.
It took years for me to get help though. When it is degenerative, it progresses slowly, and the docs have a hard time figuring out what the problem is.
I would suggest getting your muscles checked, and keeping an eye on the disc in your low back. If you have too many problems, the doctor will order an MRI, but that is up to you if you want one, but I am not sure which part of your back it should be on.
I had one on my neck and back, because my legs were terribly weak, but the ortho ordered both of them.
Let me know what you decide to do. We have to be our own advocate when it comes to our health. Good luck to you

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