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Apr 29, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Dear @susan1955 – sorry to hear about your pain. I sympathize. It’s hard – I know that a gentle walk can help me but I agree it’s hard to even want to stand up straight on a bad day. I found that gentle stretching helps. Stretch out your body before you take a gentle walk. A hot bath helps when you get back from a walk or after work. Strange but I was anaemic and since I started taking iron it really helped my fibro symptoms although it takes 6months to build up your iron stores so you have to be patient. Hope this helps

Apr 29, 2018 · ~ skin problems at 72? ~ in Skin Health

Hi everyone. I’m 42 years old and when I was a teenager I remember my mum telling me that the spots and acne I get will go when I get older – anyhow it didn’t !! I spent decade spending a fortune on different skin creams etc – I have tried so many things ! A couple of years ago I lived in Asia and my acne got quite bad. I would have breakouts of at least 20-30 spots and they would be so deep and sore that it would take months for them to heal. There were a couple of skincare products that my skin preferred – Salcura spray (it’s a British brand of natural oils and it helped clear my skin a little.). Anyhow – during the last year I finally know what’s causing it ! I went for IgG testing and quite a few foods came up as intolerant. One of them was casein which is found in cheese and cows milk. I told my husband I will give it a try and just stop these 2 food items in my diet. Oh my goodness – I couldn’t believe my skin after 2-3 weeks I could see it clearing. After 4-6 weeks it’s amazing. I use almond milk in my tea/coffee (do not use coffee creamer of coffee mate as they add casein to them). For the first time in 30 years I do not need to wear foundation and my skin is glowing and clear. Maybe you do not have the same casein intolerance but I would recommend being tested for food intolerances. And if anything comes up then just give it a try to remove it from your diet. I would advise you remove just one food at a time and try it for 6 weeks. See how it goes. Hope my words help 🙂

Apr 29, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thank you so much for your reply @lioness . Yes I agree – a hot bath always helps with the fibro. Also I find lying flat on a hard floor on my back can help- although must be careful when getting back up ! Like the idea of the Epsom salts- I will definitely go out and get some of those . Thanks again for your advice

Apr 29, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thank you so much for the reply @wsh66 . I had never heard of a pain pump – so good to learn about this as I do worry about the longer term effects on my stomach of all the ibuprofen I take. Furthmore – very interested in your gluten-free advice for inflammation. It must be hard to do as gluten seems to be in so many things. But anything is worth a try ! Thanks again

Apr 29, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thank you so much all for your valuable replies. Sounds like a trip to a rheumatologist would be a good idea with looking at these replies. Currently, I take low levels of gabapentin (100mg per day). I am not really taking anything for inflammation. I just bought some MSM powder – my friend has back problems and he swears by this- he advised me to take it 2x a day for inflammation. For anyone else with inflammatory problems reading this – it’s worth a try and has good reviews online. For the tiredness, I have taken B vitamins for sometime now which really does help. I take iron for the fibroid blood loss. I just started on the magnesium a couple of weeks ago so I am yet to see whether this has an effect. Sometimes I try ginseng and I think it can help a little. I try and keep things as natural as possible – I am scared to become addicted to chemical painkillers. Any more ideas welcomed 🙂

Apr 27, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hello :). First time I’m using a chat for medical reasons. I feel quite desperate and thought I would see if I could tap into this community for help. I was recently diagnosed with hip bursitis. I’m only 42 and sometimes the pain is debilitating. It started on my outer thighs but months later is now more painful on the top of my pelvis bone (highest point) and the groin area which sometimes swells up. I have angioadema (my lower lip swells and I get a rash). I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago. I am fortunate that this condition flares up now and again and is not something that I suffer everyday. I do get very tired – I am finding it hard to stay awake during the day. To add to all this I have 7 uterine fibroids. And also restricted blood flow in both lower legs which can make standing still and flying very painful. Such a variety of conditions but I cannot figure out whether any of these could be related or am I just incredibly unlucky ???!!!! If anyone has any insights I would be very grateful. I am aware that I do have some IgG intolerances to certain foods and recently stopped eating dairy. tips on handling chronic pain and tiredness would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much