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Chronic Pain and fatigue

Posted by @triggen, Sep 24, 2011

My father is suffering from severe joint and bone pain, as well as arthritis and heart disease. I believe this has caused what appears to be chronic fatigue and depression. He is essentially immobile most days. I need help figuring out what to do next. Should I take him to mayo? A pain center? He has seen a bunch of specialists but each one is treating in a silo and the medications and side effects just get worse. Any advice at would be helpful..the stress has severly depressed my mother and she has turned to me for help.



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Posted by @woolie, Sep 29, 2011

Triggen – do you think your father has Fibromyalgia? I have pain and fatigue in my muscles and cannot stand for more than ten minutes. Does he have a burning feeling in his knees if he stands too long? I have had it for over ten years now – am taking medication for it, but every day is different, but not great. I am especially bad when there is a low pressure weather system about. Does your father have trouble sleeping too? Woolie


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Posted by @bev49, Dec 5, 2011

I also have trouble standing, but can walk for about 30 minutes at a time. I also have more pain when a low pressure system comes in. Is this common in


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Posted by @woolie, Dec 5, 2011

Hi Bev! Yes, having trouble standing and more pain is a symptom of Fibro especially with a low pressure coming in. Yesterday I went down to the beach and walked a long way, further than I’m used to – I get tired so easily! Today in Cape Town there is a low pressure coming in and rain tomorrow I think. Today I am tired out and shaking and have more pain in my body especially in the back of my arms. There are trigger points in parts of your body. If you go to Fibromyalgia sites on the Internet such as Dr Rodger Murphree You will see them. You should be diagnosed properly by a Rheumatologist. The meds I am taking are Purblocker to slow the system and the heart down. Fibromyyalgia causes mixed signals to be sent from the brain down the spine and causes pain unco-ordination, and trouble therefore walking and standing. You can get a fuzzy brain, memory impairment, shakiness and sensitivity to loud noises, light and dark. Quite a mixed bag really. Mine started years ago when my immune system went down and I got Chronic Rhinitis. Going back to work and having stressful times in England and coming back to South Africa and getting trauma through burglaries did the rest. Sometimes you get it through and after an operation or a stressful event. I also take two anti depressants a day Cymgen is best – I also take lots of vitamins. I am still badly affected some days. I have moved recently and there is a lot to do, but one should do quite little and excercise, but not more than half an hour. I hope this helps. Please feel free to chat further! By the way where do you come from? Best wishes. Woolie. p.s. I was called this as a child as I always wore lots of jumpers in the winter in England feeling the cold!!

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Posted by @anon93894667, Jan 29, 2013

As far as the fatigue symptom… I had chronic fatigue at one time… Dr gave me Provigil or Nuvigil… It helped.


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Posted by @portal, Dec 5, 2011

Please see my post of today recurrence of rheumatic fever. This sounds similar to what I have. The fatigue I know is extremely difficult to cope with. All I can suggest for your father is to try and pace himself with tasks, ie. don’t do more than you can reasonably do without feeling exhausted. Has he seen an internist or cardiologist?


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Posted by @barba202, Jan 15, 2012

I’m not trying to diagnose your father but you should have him checked for fibromyalgia. A traumatic event like heart disease can trigger it. I have it and I have all of the symptoms you just described and more. Joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, arthritis, headaches and of course depression. It is really hard to move but if that is what he has, he needs to try just a bit. Get him checked my a Rheumatologist if he also has points of pain throughout his body – Check for Fibro trigger points and see it he has them. If so, get him to a doctor.

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