Medicating prior to diagnosis?

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SleepyWillow
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   Posted 9/25/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Uggghhhh....ok today is bad...I'm sitting at desk and realize I'm holding my breath because the pain in my arms and left side (almost like it's in my breast??) is sooooo uncomfortable...I feel edgy and queasy??!!!  I see my doc tonight and I want to just scream at him to FIX ME!!!  Is there anything that you guys know of that he would be able to do to help me prior to being diagnosed???  I have extra strength Tylenol but it's NOT working...


Allie


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/25/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you might have some costo in your ribs. Moist heat helps, is there anyway you could get to a drug store and get a rice bag you can heat in the microwave???
 
I have lidoderm patches that help with the rib pain. They are about 3x6 inches and have lidocaine in them to help numb the area some. You have to have a rx for them. It's 12 hrs on and 12 hrs off.
 
Maybe a miracle will happen tonight and he will dx you and get you on something for the pain, you can hope.
 
It's costochronditis if he wants to know what is wrong with your ribs. smilewinkgrin
 
Good luck tonight.
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SleepyWillow
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   Posted 9/25/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Marlee...I'm gonna write that down because I will forget it as soon as I close this window...I'm not counting on any miracles..this guys SO thorough (which is what I want) I figure it may be a while before he comes down to any diagnosis...but hey you never know right?? Thanks for the good luck!!
Allie


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   Posted 9/25/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Allie-
Let your Dr. know that the Tylenol is not working. Maybe he can give you something stronger until they figure out what is going on.
Let us know how your appt. goes-
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/25/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Before Lortabs that I am on now, my doc tried Ultram. It works for a lot of people, but it didn't help me. Lidoderm patches are amazing, and I am going to try to get my doc to prescibe them to me. I haven't been officially diagnosed yet, but I am going to see a rheumetologist who will make the official diagnoses. It can be frustrating, trying to deal with pain and not having any good pain meds. Ask for Ultram. See if it helps you. It does help a lot of people, and they are usually the first pain med prescribed for people with fibro. Good luck. Keep us posted.

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/25/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Allie,
If you have costochondritis you may want to start taking NSAIDs. They do help with that because it's an "itis". I have costo and it's just one more thing that shows up with some of us fibros.... Your post reminded me of something so I'm gonna start a new topic about breathing.
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SleepyWillow
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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Well the visit was only half of what I wanted but I should have expected that. This appointment was to discuss my quiting smoking and we did that. He wrote my scrip for Zyban and I started this morning. The only test result he has recieved was the second Cholesterol test which is still high and he said we will talk about it when everything else comes in. I didn't ask him for anything extra. I took the first Zyban tab this morning and maybe it's my imagination but I'm a little light headed right now lol - Anyway I'm still waiting on results...hopefully not too much longer!
Allie


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Keep us posted on the zyban Allie. How are the ribs today??? Did you try moist heat on them??? I never think about the
NSAIDs since I can't take them myself.
 
The fibro waiting game, geez. rolleyes
 
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Keep us posted on your results. Um...what is Zyban? I have never heard of that before. Maybe I should google it. If you feel light-headed just sit and focus on breathing. That's what I have to do whenever I get light-headed, which is a lot, but that's the fibro for me. Take care hon.

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SleepyWillow
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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Ribs today are fine Marlee..strange but I actually feel alright! I have the headache but that's always there and I have only had a few shooting pains..Aside form feeling jittery and light headed I'm actually in a good mood! Could that be the zyban tablett?? Whatever the reason I'll take it :) Tiki Zyban is an antidepressant that has been found to work on the nicotine recepters in the brain. I need to quit..I've been smoking since I was 12 and I will be 35 in March. It bothers me when my little 3 yr old says "Oh mumma are you going for a smoke?" *yuck* and of course it's not good for me, costly, stinks...hahahaa can you tell I'm trying to convince myself?? ;)
Allie


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/26/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
It is so strange how a part of our bodies can hurt so bad one day and be gone the next, but that is fibro.
 
I've not tried the zyban but I hope it works for you. Kelly did it with chantix. I got some nicorette the other day, something has to work for me. When you stop and think about smoking it's the stupidest thing you can do.
 
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have also been smoking on and off since I was 12, and I will be 21 in April. I don't really want to quit, but at the same time I do. I tend to smoke more when I am in a lot of pain. It's expensive because I have no money, but I have people who support my addiction. Last december, I was in-patient for Postpartum Depression, and I wasn't aloud to go outside and smoke like they used to let you do, and they gave me nicotine patches, but I had them cut straws in half for me so I could chew on them and pretend that I was smoking. A lot of people laughed at me for that. I think the hardest part about getting over smoking isn't the nicotine, though that is hard...I think it is the psychological addiction. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better today. Keep us posted.

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May your heart be filled with love and joy.
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And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
Especially when you're feeling blue.

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