Pain And Changes In Weather...Am I Alone????

Posted by cahnny @cahnny, Sep 10, 2016

I’ve read articles saying that changes in weather can effect severity of pain and, of course, there’s the old timers who swear the old bones ache when it’s gonna rain. Well I guess, at 70 years old, I’m now an old timer and, let me tell you…my old bones and muscles, and skin, and hair HURT. There are days I hurt from neuropathy and Morton’s Neuroma in my feet and legs, to profound itching along my degenerating spine (I think due to pinches nerves), to aching joints, swollen cysts behind my arthritic knees, gut discomfort from IBS, pinched nerves EVERYWHERE to neck pain that goes down my arms, to skin that just feels sore and tingly. I’m talking all these things all at the same time. It’s like someone flipped a switch and lit me up like a roman candle. One doctor will say…that could very well be. Another doctor will say poppy cock. Well poppy cock this…I know my body and I know how it feels and I know it’s not in my head. Now it might be coming FROM my head…as in mixed up signals from the brain saying YOU’RE IN PAIN but the pain and sensations are real.

I needed a new bedside alarm clock so purchased a clock that also provides barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity readings. It seems, without fail, on days when there is a dramatic swing in barometric pressure my body goes into all over intense pain mode. Do any of you have the same experiences??? I’m not talking just a little aching. I’m talking REAL discomfort.

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@cahnny

@colleenyoung this is SO strange. I'm sitting here in such intense pain that I decided to give a search one more try on Bing regarding intense nerve pain. Low and behold I found this post that I wrote 5 long years ago. I will say that not much has changed except the nerve pain is more intense these days, especially in my neck and shoulders. I checked your profile and see you are still active with the Mayo Clinic. If you have any guidance as to articles here I could read that might give me at least some reassurance that I'm not crazy. I still think that weather has a profound effect on the pain I experience. We've had some really nasty rain events in the Pacific Northwest this last week. Not getting much sleep. The doctor has me on Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen and or Acetaminophen with limits set for a 24 hour period of time for both medications. Sometimes it helps and sometimes not so much. As for the weather theory, I get the feeling the doctor is humoring me and doesn't really think weather makes much difference. As far as getting more opinions from other doctors, I've pretty much had it. I'm getting too old for doctor hopping and, to tell the truth, I hate leaving the house. I live strictly on SS so money is tight and I've been dealing with medical issues most of my life starting with RA when I was just a child. I think I've had my fill of more doctors. I'm now in a wheelchair and using oxygen so exercise is limited but I move around as much as I can. So why am I here? Just looking for little self help tips that might give me some kind of pain relief if only for a few hours at a time. Even a good night's sleep would be wonderful.

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The weather does make things worse. When it's about to rain and while it's raining my pain kicks up. So you are not alone.

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Can relate to everything in your story!

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Yes, my husband who has New Daily Persistent Headache definitely feels any weather change. His pain level will go way up to near unbearable. You'd think the medical community would have a treatment/solution to this issue.

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I’m new to this group because I have peripheral neuropathy. Has there been any discussion about marijuana for pain? I imagine there has been. But I see no reference to that subject in the above.

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@cahnny

Hi Rachel: Thank you for taking the time to reply. To answer your first two questions….I will be 76 in January. I've been taking 10/325 hydrocodone/acetaminophen for years. I've lost track now but I think it's been at least 7 or 8 years. I just looked up hyperalgesia on Web MD and it makes sense to me. A number of times recently I've said to my husband…." I swear that sometime the pain gets worse instead of better soon after I take my dose of hydrocodone". Maybe I should be calling it generic Norco. I am positive the most severe pain I am experiencing is definitely nerve pain. I have also told my husband I think I have nerve damage of some kind that is causing a more intense sensitivity to pain so this all makes a lot of sense.
I am using many of the self help techniques you mentioned. They do help to some degree. I've had no luck with the one I was most interested in and that's meditation. OMG…my mind goes crazy when I try it plus I can't get into a comfortable position so my mind keeps focusing on the pain I'm feeling. I keep trying from time to time though.

I think I want to focus on the medication end of this situation to start. At times I get more pain relief from 1000 mg of acetaminophen than one 10/325 hydro/acetamin . I will contact my primary. My primary is not an MD He is a PA-C…. a certified physician assistant with 20 years experience. Obviously over the years I have seen many specialists but not recently. There are other issues regarding choosing a doctor and doctor's visits but I consider that to personal to discuss on an open forum.

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You are welcome! Ahhhh…meditation….I like to take the pressure off of the term meditation and just think relaxation. Starting with a simple pause. Take time for you, it can be anywhere. Pause and count to 20. Take a deep breath to clear your mind. Scheduling these breaks throughout the day is valuable because it allows you to build a routine and understand that relaxation can be just as important to the mind and body as eating. It doesn't have to be a huge routine, just simple yet effective.

What is helpful for me is to sit in a quiet comfortable place, If not, where ever you are can work too. I carry a lot of tension in my shoulders and always catch myself with shoulders up and tight, also my jaw. First I drop my shoulders as low as they can go even if it hurts at first, next I loosen my jaw by opening my mouth to relieve the tension. Next I put my palms face up and relax my fingers. Once you feel your body start to calm and come down from a heightened state, take a slow deep breath through your nose and inflate your belly then slowly let it out through your nose. This is called diaphragmatic breathing, like a baby breathes with their belly. Allow yourself to practice this relaxation several times throughout the day until it becomes habitual. You can do it for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes. I use it while eating if I'm having a digestive flare. Chronic pain folks really need to utilize this practice. It's a simple and effective self help component.

I applaud you for focusing on the reduction of medication, it takes bravery to recognize and want to make such a big change. I tapered off very safe and slow and I hope that with the right help you can too. l'm glad you are feeling that Norco has run its course and want to make a change. Your primary doctor is a great place to start.

Have you scheduled an appointment yet with your primary?

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@cantab

I’m new to this group because I have peripheral neuropathy. Has there been any discussion about marijuana for pain? I imagine there has been. But I see no reference to that subject in the above.

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Good morning and welcome to the neuropathy group. And yes, there is quite a bit of information about medical cannabis and marijuana on Connect. I think this might be the best way to start. In the Search box at the top, enter "marijuana" and "cannabis". There are many posts and you will be able to scan down and choose the ones most relative to your presenting condition.

You may also go to my alias "artscaping" at the upper right hand corner of your screen. I have used cannabis for pain control for several years and faced many adjustments.

What is the #1 question you have about marijuana?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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@cantab

I’m new to this group because I have peripheral neuropathy. Has there been any discussion about marijuana for pain? I imagine there has been. But I see no reference to that subject in the above.

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@cantab – If you click Connect at the top of the window at the left it will take you to the Connect home page. There you can search the discussions for a topic and find a lot of different discussions on marijuana for pain.

Here are a few of them if you want to read what other members have shared.

— Medical Marijuana for chronic pain: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-for-chronic-pain/
— Has medical marijuana helped your nerve pain?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/has-medical-marijuana-helped-your-nerve-pain/

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Cahnny – I can say that this has helped me to calm my anxiety (I have Sjogren’s. Syndrome, am auto-immune disorder).

I use audios from “The Honest Guys”. They are free, wonderful for sleep, resting during the day, or just calming when stressed by pain or the state of my health.

They are on You-Tube

Guided Sleep Meditation: The Serene Sunset – Sleep Talk-down

If you can use a set of headphones or earbuds, it’s great. They have stories or visualizations as well as relaxation audios.

I hope you can find done relief to from your pain!

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@artscaping

Good morning and welcome to the neuropathy group. And yes, there is quite a bit of information about medical cannabis and marijuana on Connect. I think this might be the best way to start. In the Search box at the top, enter "marijuana" and "cannabis". There are many posts and you will be able to scan down and choose the ones most relative to your presenting condition.

You may also go to my alias "artscaping" at the upper right hand corner of your screen. I have used cannabis for pain control for several years and faced many adjustments.

What is the #1 question you have about marijuana?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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What is a good amount to start, under the tongue? I have a 50/50 liquid. Also, I’m taking 300mg of Gabapentin as a start. Is it ok to add this to the Gabapentin? Frequency?mi take once a day. Gabapentin at night as advised. And marijuana oil in the am.

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Over the years I am finding more doctors recommending OTC natural remedies for pain, etc. My doctor just recommended a natural remedy as a Gabapentin supplement. My husband's doctors recommended he take fish oil and an OTC supplement to clear up a prostrate problem that most aging men experience. So, far the remedies are working.

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The same thing happens to me I get all over pain, When the weathers gonna change, if it’s going to snow I know if it’s gonna rain I know. I have found no way to relieve the pain. And I’m not going to take a bunch of drugs for it. Good luck to you

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Hello I was just reading your post and felt the need to respond. Yes your pain will get worse at times with me. My general practitioner told me this and I know from experience. I have been on from 180 mg of oxycodone to right now 60 mg. I stopped breathing from them in 2013 and got off them for awhile. My illness’s now are so severe I had to get back on them. The trick with pain pills is you have to trick them. Taper off some and start back on them and you will probably see a difference. I am sorry for your pain. It sure does take your life away. At least it has mine. Take care and good luck to you.

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