fibromyalgia pain

Posted by clownscrytoo @clownscrytoo, Oct 22, 2016

Is there anyone here that suffers from fibro? I had the ‘tender spot test’ several years ago and I had 17 out of the 18. I try my hardest to get through the pain with my 4 hydrocodone/acetaminaphine pills a day, Tiger Balm rubbed into areas that are the worst, light exercises, and distracting myself with hobbies or chores, etc; but there are many occasions where none of that helps and I spend most of the day holding down the couch, getting up about 30-45 minutes after that, walking/standing around the house for 15-20 minutes, or sitting for about 15-30 min. I do not drive and my husband works 6 days a week, overtime almost every day, so I’m alone a lot. my wonderful husband is very supportive and I am very grateful for that, but my only other friends are online, out of state, and I will probably never even get to meet them. when extreme pain takes over, my depression takes over and it is so difficult to find hope. does anyone have tips for fibro, whether diet or over-the-counter meds (I’ve tried them all, I think), or anything, besides hobbies and such? I’ve tried every over-the-counter med, and the Tiger Balm does cover some of what the pain pill doesn’t help, but I’m hoping one of our members might have some knowledge that could help. I’d really appreciate it.
hugz,
Clownscrytoo

@parus

Happy Mother's Day to all fibro mothers. I hope your day is special even if only in a small way.

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@JustinMcClanahan Yes, this is a pencil drawing. I am a stickler for detail. Will add my most recent drawing of my grandson whilst he still had his curls. I am most pleased with this one. I have been doing drawings of him at different ages. The "F" illness has been rather dreadful as of late. It will improve and thankful to feel the sun again.

The Bookworm

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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@sandytoes14 those trigger point injections are wonderful!!! I had them on Tuesday-gee that was yesterday!!!! the relief is immediate!!! So glad to hear it helped you!!!

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@parus

Happy Mother's Day to all fibro mothers. I hope your day is special even if only in a small way.

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@parus, the detail in the drawing of your grandson is amazing. Thank you for sharing. The sun is a welcomed change for me as well. Minnesota winters are really hard on my arthritic and artificial joints which really affects my mood once we get to March.

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@tonyc55

Try marijuana with lots of cbd

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It certainly is. A dr who puts you off is as much luch as a broken leg. Look elsewhere! Why should you suffer like that!

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@chari978

Hi There, I think I’ve just met my sister from another mother. My life is almost identical to yours. I live in the middle of 70 acres of land so I rarely get to see people all week.. Even on weekends I see people but I can’t really talk to them as they’re just enjoying the property. Once a month or when I’m feeling up to it, I go out and talk to someone. Plus, I’ve had two spinal surgeries and a knee replacement. Turns out I’m allergic to the titanium implants. Now that pain has been heightened by the fibro. Sometimes I feel like I’m in hell on earth. I used to be able to get around better until the back op. It was from S1 to T12.
Most days I stay laying in bed for about a half hour, take my meds go lay down watch a couple of my favorite shows.. After that, I scream at myself to stop being such a baby and picture some of the patients that I’ve seen at MGH That really helps me to drag myself out of bed and take a nice hot bath. Going to get a nice soft massage is a relief. For however much time you can afford. I’d rather go to the spa than eat. Also, my husband bought me a massager with two big round devices on the end. I feel it works for a while and gets the blood moving.—-Doctors say that better blood flow helps heal the body faster, it’s worth a shot. Try to shop on line if you can. I buy myself a lot of beautiful clothes(in the size I’d like to be). I shop at expensive stores, sometime for hours.
In the end I have to go back and delete all of the items I’ve “purchased”, but it was fun for a while. If you’re not into clothes that much, just look at things you’ve always wanted to have. One more thing, I’ve noticed that there a lot of clinical trials out there. Just my sister sent me a medical magazine and it had several talks on Fibro. Keep Praying! Carol

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@parus when those uglies rear there head just cut them of by getting into painting anything even if it's just doodling this was a better post from you then when you where so down glad to here you talk more uplifting Congrats cut ugly of at the pass

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@irene5

Hi. I am so sorry you are suffering so much. I think that hydrocodone may be a good choice for some types of pain, but fibromyalgia responds very well to Elavil and Gabapentin. I took Elavil for years, and it also helped with my migraines, and gave me a much better night sleep. Good luck to you. Irene

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@irene5 no I'm lioness and have fibromyalgia for years one thing helps is extra magnesium Malete This is what I take but there is so many different kinds other tools I use help as others have said are Epsom salts bath or just put a washcloth on where it hurts Tens unit on those tight muscles my Chiropractor suggested everyone is different you may just experiment and see what helps you I've had to do over30+ yrs so have tried alot of things ,meds the Dr.perscribed.Good luck Fibro warrior cause it's not for sissies.

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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@parus I am pleasantly surprised how much relief I got from the trigger point injection. I just wish I knew why I have a hard time speaking up about pain. Ask my friends and family– While I'm not a "big mouth" I voice my concerns etc. Do you or @grandmar have any thoughts on why we as women tend to do this?

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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I have my personal thoughts on this topic.
I believe that we as women are trained not to complain about ourselves.
As mothers and wives, we will go without so that our children and husbands will have.
We will not complain that we are going without because it is our 'job' to make sure they get first.
At our jobs, if we voice our concerns or complain, we are trouble makers, wimps and 'bitches.'
So when we go to the doctor, we will often downplay what is happening. If, however, we take our children to the doctor, we will go with notes and lists of things to discuss.
Nature or nurture?
I don't know.
ronnie

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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I am getting some sort of shots. I have a feeling they are giving me what I call amnesia drug. My son has to be there with me. I know he talk about trigger, but not this upcoming visit.

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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As for me, I will have a good when I see doctor. Might as well go home. Next day I am miserable again.

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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Hi everyone. We've been on vacation and then we all got sick and had to go to the doctor after we got home. I have missed you all and hope to get caught up with everyone over the weekend. I have learned that our society wants us to down play any negativity, including the facts about whatever is wrong with us. When we go to the doctor, I have found that it is best to be straight forward and just tell it like it is. I downplayed everything for years, and that's how I got to be so sick. Doctor's can't make a correct diagnosis if they don't really know what is going on with us. it is not complaining to tell the truth. We need to love ourselves and take good care of ourselves.

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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@oregongirl That was what the Dr. gave me I had to have my friend with me it was like I was in a fog, very lightheaded.Is this how you felt with it ?

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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I have tried some shots, when the pain was absolutely unbearable. They worked beautifully, for about two days. Then everything just dropped off the cliff, like Wiley Coyote. So disappointing. My friend has had them multiple times and they worked great for him/ However, he has had to have surgeries and procedures. Some worked for awhile, others not at all. Our responses to all these things seem to run the gamut of what is possible. Perhaps one day, science will have advanced to the point that we will be able to predict by using our DNA what will work, and what won't. Thus sparing us years of suffering. Oh, wait…..they have that now! To a certain extent anyway. it is not in common practice yet. But one day, hopefully, it will be. Until then, dear ones, we must keep a handy list in our heads of what helps with stress relief ( as stress does indeed, make it worse), what makes us happy, and what motivates us. We need to build in space in each day for just relaxing, just being still. Nor worries, just being. And being grateful. Some call that meditation or prayer. OK, my time is nearing to a close here….the household is waking up. Talk to you later, I hope. Blessings, MamacitaLucita.

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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@sandytoes For me I hear so many complaining women (yes, bitching bitches) Thanks @grandmar for speaking straight as this is how I see it when I hear thus. I am terrified of speaking the "P" word anywhere as I do not want to come across as weak and pitiful. " I am woman, I am strong!" NOT, but unwilling to admit thus. See it as both nature and nurturing. I also know men that are this way too.
Clarification-I am female and have respect for both genders…clarify, always clarify with clarification.

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@sandytoes14

@grandmar @parus @lioness @marcyk
Hello friends and fellow fibro fighters,
I wanted to share with you the importance of speaking up at your doctors visit.If you are like me, you go see your pain management doctor month after month and with few exceptions he prescribes the same medicine or treatment. When I go to an appointment, I fix my hair put on a bit of lipstick and try to look nice. This month, I felt awful and couldn't do my hair, I had dark undereye circles, etc. My doctor walked in the room and instantly took a look at me and knew something was wrong. Now mind you, there have been times when I felt like dirt but still looked "presentable". Anyhow during my exam I finally told the doc how much I had areas on my back that were hurting me terribly for months. Well, I said the magic words I guess and he gave me Trigger Point Injections right then and there. I couldn't believe I had relief before I even checked out from my visit!
So my advice is this: even if you are uncomfortable, Speak Up! We all must remember to be our own advocate and that speaking up does not mean you are a complainer or a whiner. What's the old saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Jen

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@oregongirl I have the same problem…it is called doctor face.

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