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Waterbaby
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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I was wondering if some of you who have had fibro for awhile might help me out here.    I have been seeing a chiropractor who uses active release techniques on my neck and shoulder.  I feel like he is really helping me,  I feel better for a couple of days and then the pain starts coming back.  It is better than it was in May when this pain all started in. But I am becoming very discouraged that it has not resolved itself or at least gotten to a level where I can function again.  I am also doing aquacise and was wondering if perhaps the exercises we do using kick boards(not sure what to call them, but they float) that we use with our arms to push down in the water (for resistance) and also that we suspend ourselves in the water to do leg exercises might be causing the pain to come back.  I guess I am wondering if this pain is fibro pain or not.  The pain is not bilateral, which I read that fibro often is.  I also do not have any fatigue which I also read is common with fibro, and no fibro fog.  A recent MRI ruled out any major spinal issues.  I do have mild to moderate disc bulging in my neck and thoracic area, but nothing that the doctors think would be causing this much pain. 
Does anyone else have these issues where they feel their pain is improving and then it comes back in a couple of days?  If this is a flare will it ever get better?  I have been in so much pain since May and I need to get back to work again.  Thanks!
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Piercings
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   Posted 9/11/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I sort of have an issue in that way. For me it's the left hip that is my biggest issue. I got to PT and they work on it, and it's better for a couple of days and then it returns. I've just resigned myself to the fact that it's gonna hurt and it's always gonna be there. I know that there may be a "reason" figured out someday about why it feels like someone's trying to pull it outta socket. But for now, the only option is to keep moving and working it.

getting by
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   Posted 9/11/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with piercings, you have to keep moving. Fibro is such a mysterious disorder.

Your flare should subside in time. But there is no time limit. You just have to ride it out and take one day at a time. I have never been to a chiropracter though, so I can't help you there. But it seems to me when something is only a temporary fix and you have to go back every few days for an adjustment, it smells like a money issue to me, though I could be completely wrong. Have you ever tried massage? That can relieve pain for a few days, and is much gentler on you.

Hopefully somebody will come along with better advice than I can give you. I hope that you have a painfree day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Waterbaby. I also go to a chiro who uses active release technique(ART) but to my hip, leg and back. I have been to many physical therapists in the past but only now do I feel like I am getting the help I need. Yes Karen, I do keep going back but it is a process. (A physical or massage therapist would keep you coming back also). My hip/leg/back didn't get that bad in a day (more like a lifetime of 48 years) so it will take time to fix it. At least I feel like I am finally on the right track, we (chiro, ortho and myself) are on the same page about the problems, have seen improvement and have hope for significant improvement. maybe you should ask your chiro about that one aquacise exercise. He's the one working on your neck/shoulder so he should have a good idea. Please remember too that not all muscle/joint pain is always related to fibro. I think many fibro patients make the assumption that a problem is "just my fibro" and then miss out on the opportunity to improve on that problem with appropriate help. Personally I believe most of my pain issues are actual muscle/joint problems that can be worked on and that the fibro just makes the pain worse. Try to be patient and remember it is a process. Try to talk to your chiro about your frustration and ask him about reasonable expectations from the therapy. Hang in there and I'm glad to hear that someone else is using ART. It probably won't "cure" anything but it has the great potential to improve. Lisa

Waterbaby
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   Posted 9/11/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa, (geckogirl) The ART is amazing! This is the first relief I have had from my neck pain. I had been going to PT and they did nothing to help me. Also, this chiropractor does not keep you coming to him for lots of appts. just to make money. He said we will do a couple of more appts. and if we don't keep seeing improvements I don't need to come back. I am the one who wants to keep going back to him because he works with my neck muscles and trys to gently manipulate them and stretch them for relief. I also believe that many pain issues we have are not fibro but the fibro just makes them worse. You totally summed up my feelings. Thanks for your reply! Hope
bulging discs in neck & thoracic region, low back pain, arthritis in lumbar region, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety,
meds: enjuvia, pristiq, actos, amaryl, lyrica, hyzaar, elavil
 
 
"Two paths diverged in a yellow wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by...And that has made all the difference."  Robert Frost


Sue2z
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   Posted 9/11/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there, water excersise is the best , so long as you dont overdo it and as for flares I am like you.  Barely functionable for a couple days then bad for one day for no real reason.  Mine is up and down from day to day rather than full on flare  Occaisonally it will last up to a week in serious pain which I guess is a real flare.  So I figure there are minor flares day to day and then the full on ones. Sometimes my pain is bi-lateral but not always. If in doubt ask for referal to specialist. Ask your doc to help with pain but if he doesnt take it seriously change docs,we have all been given the run round.Id just do water ex, im just about to start up again after stopping for few months and noticing i was not doing that well.   Im sooooo tired.  bye  sue2z turn turn turn


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   Posted 9/12/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there again Waterbaby,
It's good to hear that your chiro isn't going to keep bringing you back in if you reach a plateau. Mine is like that too. If he does discharge you, you might want to ask him for some stretches and exercises to help you keep the progress that you did make. I have a few simple stretches to do and when I saw my chiro this morning he gave me 2 exercises to do on the big exercise ball to help me buildmy core. He has been very cautious about pushing for exercises so they didn't push me into a flare. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I know alot of people like the water exercises but for me I did them under the supervision of a pt and I stopped because they were making my back and shoulder worse. Not good. Good luck and I hope that you do keep progressing with the ART. It is a great tool that I wish more of us were using. Lisa
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