My dr just ran several blood test to check for RA, lupus, pretty much anything that could be causing a rise in arthritis/fibro pain. They all came back normal. My pain just doesn't want to go away. I'm so tired of hurting. Does anyone have any ideas that could help lessen pain or what may be the problem?
I am depressed (working on this,) I have RA in neck back hips and hands, and I have fibro, and overweight with diabetes type 2. I hurt everywhere above my knees.
Got all tests back. No inflammatory arthritis, thank God. Saw pain specialist 9/4 and his diagnosis is that I probably have myofascial component problem. Looked this up to get better idea and what I read described exactly what I'm going through. It came to mind that it is fibro on steroids. It's different than fibro, but at same time its more. He started me back on gabapentin at 300-600 mg at night. Today I feel like a big bruise. It isn't helping with OA but the ache is a little less pronounced. Again, thank God. I don't know what to do about OA pain (acute break through pain,) but that is a matter of time and exercise. I've lost 20-23 lbs in last couple months after gaining 65 last year on antidepressants. The loss is a blessing. I'm still barking at grandkids cuz they aren't listening, yet I'm don't feel so anxious since overall pain level has been explained a little more and dropped a little. The fear of new disease was weighing heavy on me. Glad that stressor has been relieved. I'm feeling better finally!!View Thread
thank you for your words. I have been on various antidepressants. One was helping alot. It was nortriptyline. I developed heartburn so bad I thought someone was trying to rip my chest out. Dr and I tried a couple different meds for it but it wouldnt go away. Had to stop. It hurt more than current pain. I'm on cymbalta right now trying to get approval from insurance to up dose. They're taking their time. Taking norco for arthritis pain in neck, low back, and hips. It doesn't come close for fibro. I'm seeing pain management dr today for initial visit. I do try to move around but I'm one that curls into ball when in pain. Can't sit in tub knees won't let me get out. Have chair so can take relaxing shower seems to help. Heating pad relaxes me a little-muscle relaxer is a little help. Can't take NSAIDs due to stomach problems (even tylenol anf ibuprophen cause problems.) My body seems resistant to a lot of things. Don't want narcotics, but it seems that's the only way I can go. We'll see what new dr says today. I pray this helps. I have 4 grandkids to watch after school and I hate barking or shying away from their hugs. They mean a lot to me and I don't want them feeling guilty for hurting me. I feel guilty for barking at them. It isn't fair so I try not to say anything when it hurts. I guess I'm trying too hard to deal and fix it at same time. Relieving stress is difficult. This is my pity party, and I'm trying not to wallow. I'm just at a loss in coping right now.View Thread