I have a lot of intense pain in my shoulders due to FM...I sleep better on my sides, but the pain in my shoulders when I do is intolerable! Does anyone have tips on how to sleep more comfortably on your side with this issue?
I have had a stiff neck for so many years and thought it was due to bad pillows ! I've been taking Tylenol some nights and that's what my Doc recommended too. I still find Zanax helps me to fall asleep and stay asleep or at least be able to fall back asleep after trips to the bathroom:(
Thanks for your input:)
Your suggestion sounds like it's worth a try
I've spent hundreds of dollars on "neck" pillows and now it's my shoulders that hurt more.
Have you tried placing a pillow under your knees/calves when you sleep on your back? I also use a "knee" pillow between my knees when I sleep on my side, that helps my lower back.
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Thank you for taking time in responding. It helps knowing there are fellow sufferers to talk to and gain knowledge from. Thank you for sharing the Toolbox and book you recommended.
It's interesting to hear how this illness starts out and develops over a period of time. I've had a sore neck for years, and have spent hundreds of dollars buying different pillows! Then lower back pain, thought it was to do with a spinal fusion that I had back in 2005. In 2011, my right elbow started hurting, had surgery last July only to have no improvement. Within the past 6 months, I've developed pain in my left elbow, both shoulders and down my upper arms, upper back, weakness down my leg, headaches. Not to mention haven't been able to concentrate on reading anything or retaining what I've read and thought I was loosing my mind!
It all makes sense now. And I'm so happy to have found this website and being connected to a great support network!
Have you tried Yoga? I'm going to try a class this week.
I'm happy to hear from you, thanks for responding.
I am totally with you in that I have been wearing a shawl because it hurts my arms/shoulders to put on a coat in this end of winter season.
I am leery of starting medication tags there are so many negative side effects . I have to meet with my Doc in a couple of weeks once all of my other test results are back. I take a Zanax to help me sleep.
Have you found any type of medicinal cream that relieves some of the pain in muscles ?
Thank you for taking time to reply to my inquiry
Sleeping ( or I should say not sleeping) has been an issue for a while now. I find Zanax helps me to sleep when I'm desperate to stay asleep.
I have taken steps to manage stress better, ie; attend a midday bible study at my church, cutting back on my work hours each week and forcing myself to do more cardio at the gym. I'm even going to try a Yoga class!
I appreciate you sharing with me things that you've found helpful.