I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia after a car accident triggered leg pain that wouldn't subside. Over the past few months I've been taking Gabapentin and tramadol (ultram). I've tried a bit of restorative yoga but it seems to only provide relief for a short time, or transfer the leg pain to my back. It feels like my leg muscles won't relax or work. Its mostly my thighs and the bottom of my feet. Muscle relaxers do nothing and neither does naproxen. I'm limited to a short time of activity and then I have to lay stretched out for hours to compensate or I'm useless the next day. I'm currently working and in the mornings, my pain is not so bad, but it seems that after about 3 p.m. it begins its daily course of becoming unbearable. Does anyone have any tips for this? Also, my feet swell a good bit and I'm not able to wear any of the same socks I wore before. If anyone has tips on that, I'd really appreciate it. I elevate my legs and feet constantly and it doesn't seem to stop. I'm also on a diuretic for Meniere's disease which is well controlled, but it seems like this medicine would reduce swelling? Thanks all!View Thread
I have fibro but my dizziness is caused by Meniere's disease. I have heard its normal for Fibro also, especially as a side effect from all the medications we often take. Here are some tips that help me, hopefully some will help you. I avoid grocery store aisles, as they seem to trigger dizziness, according to the doctor this is common. In the mornings, I wake up very slowly and I sit up for about half an hour and read the news on my cell phone before I stand, otherwise the room spins. I avoid sugar and caffeine when possible, as I've noticed these are major triggers for me. I also try to never bend over in a fashion that points my head downward. In other words, squat instead of bend when possible. Also, its very very important to stay hydrated. I know its oversaid and some of us think we are hydrated when we aren't, but its so easy to become dehydrated and it can bring on horrible battles of migraines, low blood pressure and dizziness. There is a medicine I take that is wonderful for dizziness but it makes me very drowsy. However, in some cases, its worth the trade. Its called meclizine, 12.5 mg and at times I can even take half a tablet. I'm still unable to drive while taking it though. I hope some of this helps. Sorry for the novel!View Thread
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