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Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/23/2007 1:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure how many people out there use a pillow under neath there backs at night in hopes that it will bring some sort of relief i have been doing this for months and does not help at all in fact it makes it worse. Usually i wake with pain take out the pillow and slowly make my way to get a tylenol. Tonight i i screamed when i moved just a fraction to remove the pillow and could not barely walk down the stairs as every time i would take a step it was instant pain. I know that there may not be very musch they will be able to do for me at the hospital but give a shot of toradol or even an x-ray but it would be something. Gonna go now and see if a warm bath helps keep ya posted thanks Twiggy2. DDD, Bulging Discs, muscle spams. Maybe i herniated something? Bye for now.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/23/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Twiggy
Hope the bath helps but I think if this continues and is that much pain perhaps it is time for a visit to hospital .......
I am just getting over pnuemonia and my back ( chest was full of fluid and guck) was killing me ...........not saying that you have this but you might just wanna find what is causing this Pain

Yes do keep us posted plz.....

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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/23/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Twiggy! I suffered with back pain for years, and still do to some extent. I don't lay completely on top of the pillow. When I get in bed, I turn slowly on one side and then tuck the pillow under my back. This allows me to sleep on my side and partially on my back. If I sleep flat on my back I awake in terrible pain. Also, tucking the pillow like this allows you to keep your knees bent, if that is comfortable for you. That helps stretch those back muscles all night, which helps.

This is my first time on this board so I might be repeating something that has been addressed in the past, but, once I learned how to get in and out of bed, and in and out of my car correctly, my back pain has lessened greatly. I'll explain and I hope I'm not boring anyone!

To get into bed, I sit on the side of the bed, and slowly lay down on my side...keeping my knees bent all of the time. To get out of bed, I turn on my side, bend my knees so I'm in a sitting position and my legs are hanging over the side of the bed, and push myself up. Your legs will act as leverage and bring you to a sitting position without pulling your back muscles I bought a cane and keep that by the bed to use to push myself up. It's worked for me!

To get in the car, sit on the seat with your feet out the door. Then grab the steering wheel or the seat and swivel your legs in the car. Just reverse it to get out of the car. I always buy cars with leather seats because my back end slides on that easily. But, I've rented cars with cloth seats. So, when I get a car like that, I place a plastic garbage bag on the seat and cover it with a towel. This will allow you to swivel, kind of like a Lazy Susan! tongue I hope this helps someone!

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Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/24/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all the replies i have yet gone to the Hospital hubby keeps telling me that they won;t do anything kinda frustrates me in a way but he is partially right. The major problem is that also i don't sleep very well moslty caused by pain, weird dreams, meds related i am assuming, and so during the day i feel blah, don;t want to do anything but rest and ususally end up sleeping once maybe 2 times a day for a hour or two, not so good for the health department for me im sure and hubby gets a little ticked cause i feel exhausted. I do try to carry in with house hild stuff like laundry and such but i tire easliy. This has been ongoing for quite a while i feel bad sometimes for being like this 30 yrs old with no spunk> I have had tests done in the past amd nothing shows up to be abnormal, i see a neuro for the first time on this coming wed for and consult on a nerve study maybe i will obtain some answers through this anyway take care will keep in touch Twiggy2.

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/24/2007 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy, I'm just wondering...where exactly are you in pain? Is is your back only or does it include your rib cage, etc.?

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   Posted 11/24/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy, my orthopedic has me sleeping on my side with a pillow tucked in between my knees. The pillow helps take some of the pressure off of your back. It works, it just takes a bit getting use to the pillow. I would never sleep with a pillow under my back unless it was a hospital bed. Do not ever try to sleep on your stomach, my dr says thats one of the worse things you can do and he does not recom sleeping on your back either. Susie


Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/25/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank for the advice much apprceiateded sorry bad spelling. I have tried pillow between legs does help. Yes Sherrine sometimes rib cage pain. There have been some nights when my hubby will lay his arm around me and it hurts very badly like i can;t breath i awake and try to tell him but i can't because it hurts so much i can barley talk to ask him to move his arm i literally have to move out from underneath and get out of bed . This doesn;t happen often but if i were to tap myself around the lower ribs it causes frontal chest pain, not sure if this helps to explain much but if you know what it could mean please share, possible thoughts of mine MS, or fibro. Anyway the doc always wants to suggest that is simply muscle strain possibly pinched nerve that is the reason for the nerve study, this comment im going to make will show you how my doc is he always asks if i feel numbness so i tell him sometimes i feel weird sensations in my toes or my legs, so he says only tell the nerve doc this not that i have back pain as they may not perform the procedure does not make sense. Anyway sorry for rambling very tired and sore right now, going to bed and will talk later again thanks straydog sherrine and howly huggsss Twiggy2

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning, Twiggy! It sounds like you may have fibromyalgia. I do have fibro and I have many of the things you mentioned. The reason I asked about the rib cage is we call that costochonditis. Your chest can hurt, expecially if you press on the breastbone and your ribs hurt and it hurts to breathe. Many people with fibro have this. Some have even thought they were having a heart attack! Go to the Forum Quick Jump that's at the top of this page on the right hand side and go over to the Fibromyalgia forum. I bumped up the List of Fibro Symptoms posted by Chutz just yesterday. It is correlated by the Arthritis Foundation. Hopefully it's still on the first page of the forum. (We get a lot of action in that forum.) If not, it will be on the second page. You will probably see many of the things that are giving you problems. If so, I'd print it out, highlight the symptoms that pertain to you, and take this to the next doctor's appointment. Many use a rheumatologist for their diagnosis because they are more familiar with fibromyalgia. If you do have fibro, or even think you may have it, the fibromyalgia forum is a wonderful place with very good help and advice to help make y ou more comfortable. I hope this helps you, Twiggy!

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Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks i do have pain when i press on my breast bone feels sore like brusied or pulled muscle like does this sound about right anyway i have a small question i have been reading some posts about people who take meds for breathrough pain what exactly is that. I will mention wanting to see a rheumy to rule things out. Also too i have weird warm spots almost like a hot flash sometimes in my legs, arm only lasts for a couple of seconds and then goes away i will locate the post you mentioned and read it Thanks again talk to ya later Twiggy2. Sorry if you don;t mind me asking what meds you take.

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/26/2007 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Twiggy! You described the breastbone pain perfectly! I also get burning sensations but they are usually on my face. If you go on the fibromyalgia forum, you'll see what we do go through.

I take ibuprofen and extra strength Tylenol for my pain. Many take sleeping aids and antidepressants. some take more high-powered medication. It all depends on how much pain you have, how high your pain tolerance is, and how your body reacts to the medications. Everyone is different. There is not set medications for fibromyalgia because the doctors don't even know what causes it! It will be more of a trial and error situation until you see what works for you. I started out on the over-the-counter ibuprofen and tylenol and it has worked for me for over 20 years! If you want to try that on your own, talk to your pharmacist first to make sure there are to interactions with any other medications you are presently taking.

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Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your help. I guess break through pain meds are for people with severe pain. I take tylenol 3, helps somewhat, flexeril twice daily but don;t usually already tired enough and most of the meds cause drowsiness so i take the muscle relaxants when i don't have to really do anything like driving and stuff. The strongest med i have is oxycodone 5-325 cannot handle a hole dose i have bad side effects from it so i have halved and quatered the odd time but i stay away from them as much as possible i got the script months ago and still have over half the bottle left. I am off for three days and going to enjoy it the best i can, minor house wrk but will try not to over do which i usually do cause sometimes i get started on something and before you know it i am paining for days afterward, anyway thanks so much again for taking the time to talk with me and i will keep u posted as to how things go, take care i have lots of reading to do LOL Twiggy2.

Twiggy2
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   Posted 12/4/2007 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks gramps for reply, i went to see the neuro he asked me guestion like what was bothering me in regards to my visit so i explained different things like numbness in toes and fingers, he asked all at the same time i replyed back with no and explained that a bit, he asked how long does it last so i responded etc he sat and took notes, i did mention the back pain and leg pain he asked well what does  your family doc think so i explained about the bulging discs etc, and his reply was most everyone has them my family doc says the same thing really tics me off still he is jotting notes then asks me to into the exam room and checks my pulse and bp, checks reflexes and then we went back to his office and he says that it does seem to be anything neruological and there is no need to get the nerve study done confused   i asked why not if a disc bugle is impinging on a nerve that would explain a lot of things, he said that because my symptoms are to sporatic and wide spread problem it would be difficult to pin point a specific area that is causing the probelm, so now i was upset, and confused, he said he would send a copy of his findings to my family doc and off we went, now back at square one. Sorry for the long story tried to make it short LOL, anyway what should i do now, there is one last thing i can request which i should have done a long time ago and probably would be feeling better is to see a specialist. So when i see him next i am going to request to see one. It will be a while before getting in to see someone and will be probably out of town but it;s time to get some answers. The pain is so bad sometimes that it hurts to breath and or walk anyway gonna go for now taker care and will keep you guys posted as to the outcome Twiggy2.

Twiggy2
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   Posted Today 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello had my follow up with family doc and he read back to the findings of the neuro, i disagreed with my family doc about the neruos opinion but regardless my family doc is still coming out with it's muscular in nature not a pinched nerve. Here's the worst part i said well the pain has to be coming from somewere i want to see a back specialist he said that back specialist are only for people that need surgery and i don't fit into that catagory so i would never get to see one. So i then asked well what next he mentioned a nerve block and or seeing a rheumy. He says that even at best that it;s going to be a couple of months before getting to see one. And i will probably get the same answer, I am so fed up with this. Denied diasablity waiting for and appeal, looking at buying a different home, getting mildly stressed. I know that doesn;t help when it comes to pain because it makes everything feel magnified. Hence now i wait. Well that was a short version of whats been happening. Thanks to anyone who replies Twiggy2
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