Lorazepam relaxes me and that sometimes helps with the pain. I have tried Lortab, which is an opiate. It helped with pain from surgery, but when I took some for the muscle/skin/hurting everywhere pain of Fibro, it had no effect. Did not even touch that kind of pain. It's almost like the Fibro pain travels on a whole different nervous system. I wonder if others have had the same experience.View Thread
All of the above are good suggestions. There are also some stretch exercises for your wrists. Positions like praying hands, pointing up and down will give a gentle stretch. Also holding your.arm out with your fingers pointing toward the ceiling and very gently pulling back on the hand with your other hand will provide a good stretch. Hold the stretch but make it slow and gentle. Nothing quick and jerkyView Thread
I have a question about pain pills. If I take Lortab it helps a lot with the joint and arthritis pain but has absolutely no effect on the muscle and skin pain. Does anyone else have this division of pain?View Thread
I just wanted to tell you that this is a good site to share your feelings and your struggles. We have all had bad times and times we felt like we couldn't keep going. But there is help.
I take Cymbalta for the pain. I have to adjust the dose to minimize side effects. At first I thought Lyrica was a miracle drug. Nothing had even touched the pain before. But I couldn't stay on it, in part due to the fatigue. I take some other meds for different things. After knee surgery I was given Tramadol. It helps the knee pain and works with the Cymbalta but neither one completely relieves the pain.
It is really a balancing act for me. Pain. Fatigue. Fog. Some of the tips and the tool box here have been helpful.
When you reach the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on. And share. I know it helps me and I hope it helps you
In response to the article, unnecessary tests and procedures that included extra expense for me and my insurance as well as risk and pain were indeed part of my history before I got the FM diagnosis. Perhaps a better understanding by my original doctor would have made diagnosis simpler. But my original doctor just dealt with one symptom at a time. One lab result at a time. One visit at a time. He got tired of me and had his PA see me. She was a smart woman and guided me to the rheumatologist. The original doctor changed his practice, so I had to change doctors. To come into a new doctors office with a dx of FM is very tricky. Peeing blood is not a symptom of FM. But I was not seen. Just sent for a lab test. Ended up in the ER. Would that have happened if I hadn't had the "questionable" dx?View Thread
I just wanted to add my own experience. I lose my balance also, but most of the time I can grab something. I've started using a staff rather than a cane when I take walks. The extra.length helps me balance and also get to my feet after I sit down to rest.
I think it's important to get checked out if this is new for you and will be interested in what you find out.View Thread
Thanks Angelswife. It is so hard dealing with all the pain and hearing people minimize it or suggesting you could get rid of it if you had a better attitude. Essentially, I hear people in general and doctors in particular saying," Don't bore me with your fantasies. ". Between pain, fatigue and the fog that makes me lose words in conversation I've started isolating myself. This discussion group keeps me hopeful when I want to just quit. Thanks again to you and Dr PView Thread
More evidence that it's all in our heads?? Sorry, but reassurance doesn't relieve the pain or give me the energy to complete a days work. Of course, defensiveness like this is just what the doctor expects. What more proof is needed that it's all in my head. I am so tired of trying.View Thread