Dear Fmily, It's Beth from AL and it has been quite a while since I have checked in. Can I ask for help, input or anything. Caprice, maybe you have an idea. Things were going along as usual with alot of pain but hanging in here. Kristen and I were rear-ended with very little damage to the car. I had to go to ER bc I have plates in my neck but all seemed ok except the nightmare of waiting at our ER!! I was sore the next day but otherwise okay. However, on Friday, I woke in the night with what seemed to be a very severe flair. I could hardly walk yesterday and it even hurts to have to talk. Today has been equallly as bad. I am a little baffled bc I basicallly live in a "flair" and deal with it as best I can. I am not a newbie with FM. Diagnosed 16 years ago. As for the accident, we did take a jolt but it just doesnt seem to me to have been hard enough to cause this debilitating pain I am fighting. Hurts to walk,talk or just be. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in Advance, Beth in ALView Thread
He gave me Daipro to help reduce swelling. It works but my stomach cannot tolerate it. I was on Levaquin for sinus infection. He said warning label on it for joint swelling. I read it but still do not know anyrhing. This is the first time I haven't been able to get in with my MD! I have a friend who is a Rheumy. Think I am going to call him tomorrow and let him look at me. So weird how sudden onset and still hurting!
Haven't been on lately but need input! As a sudden onset, my knees have swollen huge and I can't get in with my booked solid MD. Has this ever happened to anyone else with FM? Went to very good MD at walk-in clinic but he was baffled as he watched the swelling. Anyone ?
Beth in ALView Thread
Hi I havent been on the board in quite a while but popped in and saw the narcotic discussion. I am one of those with extra problems. I have headaches and a plate holding three disc in place. I do take narcotics and cannot make it without them. If I could wish one thing, it would be no pain so I would need no pain control. I use to be embarrassed about having to take a large quantity but pain takes over and I am at the point at 51 that I will do what I have to. If Lortab keeps me going, then I am going to take it. I refuse to be in bed because I am hurting so badly when I have something that helps me. I also take Lyrica and Soma. Other meds for other things. I have been on SSD for several years. My diploma is stowed away in a closet. I went to mega fertitily treatment so my children are young. I have a 14 year old and a 19 year old. For those of you with young children, you will survive through it. It isn't easy at all but you will make it. I did without any extra help. I guess my vent is all about this. Do what you have to do to keep your sanity from this monster called FM. Take care to all my fm community friends. BethView Thread
I can hardly write about this subject because it is so upsetting! If I did not have Lortab DAILY, I simply could not function. I keep my business to myself about the meds I take because of the frowns and weird looks from people who think they know all about it.My husband does not even know about everything because I think it is personal. My neurologist has been a true blessing. I do not take the meds for any other reason than pain relief. If I do not have it, the pain is unbearable. I have fibro but I also have had a triple fusion in my neck that hurts constantly. Thank you from the pharmacy tech explaining how you all get a good idea on who is using it for other things. It never fails that when I go to pick up refills of anything from pain meds to hbp meds there is a person buying the sudafed drugs. They have to give all kinds of info about themselves. Where I live, there is a huge problem with "meth"??. I think that is the connection. My family doctor recently made me feel like a "druggie"because my neurologist was out of town and I needed pain meds. He declined and told me to take ibuprofen. I have been seeing him for 20 plus years. I did end up getting some by calling the neur office and one the doctors that knew who I was called it in. I have heard that thing about "addict nation" and I also saw the piece with Diane Sawyer. If we would be willing to "smoke pot" in front of our children, maybe we would need less pain meds. As for me, I will continue to function with pain meds. Sorry, I just had to vent. This subject angers me. BethView Thread
I tried them for several years and they did nothing for my pain. Only thing I got from them were even more aches from the painful injections. The only thing that keeps me going is Lyrica, Cmybalta and Lortab. Especially the Lortab. I fought not taking it for many years but I have had this for almost fifteen years and the pain wore me down so badly that I gave in and it has been a blessing. I still hurt but it helps alot. Best of luck in finding what works for you. Beth in ALView Thread
Hi MiMi It's Beth in AL and I want to say thanks for the heads up on VItamin D level. I already feel less pain in my legs. Will get checked again soon. I will let you know my update on a higher number. (hopefully). Thanks, BethView Thread
Dear Dr. P, What is considered a normal vitamin D level? Mine is somewhere around 12. I am taking 50,00 units of Vitamin D weekly and even though my dr told me it would take awhile to "kick in", I can already feel the deep leg pain that by the way drives me INSANE is improving. Also, I have severe headaches and disc disease in my neck (2 surgeries). I cannot stand all of this pain without taking hydrocodone. Can you explain the difference between addiction and dependency? Thanks Beth in ALView Thread
Hi Denise I had my Vit D level checked six weeks ago and it was very low. Forgot the number (fibro fog) but it was somewhere around 10 -13. I started taking 50,000 units weekly and will have it checked again soon but I can definitely tell a difference in that deep leg pain even though he said it would take longer than this to make a difference. They are striving to get mine to at least 80. If you have deep leg pain, I would definitely ask for a prescription of Vit D. Hope you feel better soon. Beth in ALView Thread