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Mar 15, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I have heard people swear by it. Im willing to give it a try.

Mar 13, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain


This is my first post. I am scheduled to go to Mayo in Rochester,MN beginning of April.

I am a 40 yo female having a 17yr history of migraines, 6 yr of Sarcoid (currently in remission), 4yr of Tietze Syndrome (chronic costochondritis), 2 yr of Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia started after emergency surgery and needing blood transfusions. I usually will first have pain and inflammation in my rib cage~Tietze Syndrome/costochondritis when a flare starts, then it usually leads to migraines, fatigue, and more classic fibro flairs.

This past January I had a flair and it has progressed to being daily migraines ever since (6+weeks). Early on the body pains and headaches/migraines were easy to treat then it got progressively harder to control until I was having daily 8/10 through 10/10 pain scale migraines. I was hospitalized for 5 days with the goal of getting a 24hr break of the migraines, I was discharged without meeting the goal. Since then I have been on multiple drugs and i have had one singular day migraine free. I worked last week from home, and had the ability to take a break for a few hours a day when I felt a headache coming on. Now that im back in the office, they are occurring more frequently. I feel like my neurologist, who is the only headache specialist in the area, has run out of ideas on how to break this recurring cycle of migraines. I already do Botox every three months, take 2 preventative medications, and have added the normal supplements to my daily vitamin/pill routine.

I am hoping my visit to Mayo will 1) identify a new plan to control my migraines and 2) create a plan to control my more frequent Fibro flares. My life has been severely impacted by having these pain and fatigue conditions. I am (was?) a fairly active person. I am a whitewater kayaker and ww kayak instructor. I love photography, hiking, camping, and generally being outside, but more often than now I don't have the spoons (aka energy) to do much.