I would like to advise everyone to not overlook a new pain. The past few weeks I've had pain in my right ear & thought it was just another Fibro issue. I was proved quite wrong when I was awakened about 2:30 Sunday morning by excruciating pain in my right ear. I got out of bed & walked around some before returning to bed. The pain was so bad that I considered going to Emergency but decided against it. After tossing & turning for a while, I felt what I thought was water draining from my ear. The pain soon then subsided. I swim every day at the pool & thought that it might be water backed up in my ear. I didn't turn a light on however, when I awoke a few hours later to get up for the day, there was blood oozing from my ear! When I looked at my pillow, I saw a large round stain of blood as well.
I went to Urgent Care & learned that I had an infection known as "swimmer's ear." The doctor prescribed drops containing an antibiotic & a steroid.
Of course, left untreated, something like this could have had a much worse outcome.
Moral of the story, yes, we hurt all over, however when it's a new pain you may be experiencing, don't necessarily write it off as Fibro.
Hi Rosalenna, I, too, suffer from advanced OA along with Fibro so I can relate to your pain. You don't mention your weight but if you do have any excess pounds, I strongly recommend losing them. Extra weight is the very worst thing on arthritic joints.
After many recommendations from doctors, therapists, etc., I joined a gym that has a warm therapeutic pool. I go there daily & it truly has helped with flexibility & overall well being. I still suffer with pain & as most of us FMers know, exercise often exacerbates the pain. However, motion is lotion & we must keep moving.
I don't take any meds but do take many supplements. Any med I've tried gave me unpleasant side effects.
Don't hesitate to fire your doctor & find a new one. Although surgeons earn their living by performing surgery, I have visited more than one who recommends holding off on surgery until I can't walk a block. I think this recommendation comes in view of my age; I'm 56.
Hello jimboherron, I don't mean to offend you in any way but I have to believe that your weight is contributing to your problems. Normal weight with good nutrition is the best medicine for our well being. I know that when I eat the wrong foods, I feel worse. Carrying a heavy load also contributes to our fatique.
I misspoke in my last comment with regard to sleeping positions. While lying on the back, the pillow should be placed under the knees (not under the lumbar region of the spine). This helps take weight off the spine.
Hello spcosc, I'm sorry to hear of all your suffering. I share some of your conditions, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, spine & neck, & of course, the lovely fibro, which brings us to this most helpful web community. I was diagnosed with the fibro 4 years ago & since, the arthritis has progressed creating more pain & less flexibility. The fibro exacerbates the arthritis. I am 56 years old.
As you well know, every day is a challenge. I no longer work as my job was a desk position & sitting for too long is unbearable. My new full time job is managing my health. Staying active is difficult but we must push ourselves into motion. Last spring I joined a fitness club that has an 89 degree therapeutic pool. I visit there every morning & feel it helps me mentally & physically. If this is feasible for you, I highly recommend it.
I also perform stretches & simple yoga throughout the day. I think this could help you with your balancing issues.
I can understand your feeling overwhelmed by it all. It's hard not to think about it when our bodies are in a nearly perpetual state of discomfort. I fear the future but try not to dwell on this by living in the moment.
With regard to sleeping positions, are you aware that it's wise to place a pillow under the lumbar spine while on your back or between the knees while lying on the side?
I hope this helps you some. Before closing, I should comment on diet & nutrition. Keeping our weight down is a must with regard to the arthritis & for general well being. A balanced diet with supplements of calcium, vitamin D, magnesium & others listed in the tool box section are also very important.
Hi Marie, I've always heard that if the noises you describe occur without pain, then there is no need for alarm. However, if you have pain along with those sounds, please be checked by a doctor. Of course, share this with your medical caretaker as I am not one.
I have osteoarthritis & myofascial pain syndrome in addition to the fibro & my body makes all kinds of noises. I was still working at the time these changes were occuring in my body & I was so afraid that my office mates would hear them as I moved around.
I believe that sitting for extended periods leads to worse fog. If you must sit, get up & move around as much as possible. This is sound advice for even those non-FMer's.
There are many ergonomic computer accessories available online. Search for these. I once bought from a site known as ergoguy.com. I don't know if it still exists but I'm sure there are many others offering these products, which include ergonomic mice, special keyboards, padded mounds for the wrists, etc.
With regard to the elbows, it is so important to be sitting in a neutral position. Again, this information is all spelled out online. Please research.
I'm sorry to hear of your suffering. My advice to you is that if the many meds you are taking are not helping ease the pain, then don't take them. It continues to amaze & upset me to learn about the ease in which doctors prescribe multiple meds for this condition.
Have you tried warm water exercise in a heated pool? Have you tried any alternative treatments such as acupuncture or massage?