So your having a flare up....what are your big guns?

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   Posted 9/30/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll go first, when I have a flare up and it is bad I am getting out the Percocet. It keeps me up but it is the only thing that I have that will even think about getting rid of any pain that I have. Sometimes I will take a muscle relaxer too because at that point all I want to do is go to sleep and hope for the best. I could sure use some biofreeze right now, I'm fresh out. Hubby is sleeping maybe I can sneek some Ben Gay on and he woun't notice???? idea
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   Posted 10/1/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm, I've got some samples of biofreeze but have never tried it.
When things get bad I get the TENS unit out and moist heat.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I did not realize that fibro had flares.
I know my lupus does but I have always been under the
impression that fibro stayed at the same level of pain
all the time.
And to think I actually asked a doctor if fibro flared and
she said no.
Good to find this out as sometimes my pain is terrible and
other times tolerable.
That is except at night and then it is just awful.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I use my ibuprofen and Tylenol more frequently and lots of moist heat and hot showers.  I do light stretching throughout the day.  I get as comfortable as possible and usually get on the computer and focus on other things and that helps me take my mind off the pain.  I don't have to move much when I'm surfing the net or doing genealogy on line. 
Nighttime is the worst for me, too.  When I first lie down I'm nearly groaning but then I do Lamaze breathing and stretching while lying down and that helps relax the muscles.  I have a pillow behind my back so I don't lie flat on my back.  That makes me worse.  As the night progresses and I have gotten some rest, the pain is better. 
I do have Vicodin in the medicine cabinet but have never taken one yet.  I try to "gut" it out and have far.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually just ride it out. I sometimes go to bed and sleep. I can take extra pain meds if I have to. Also the bed buddy helps. The moist heat really makes my muscles feel better.

I, like Sherrine, try to distract myself from the pain if I can. That isn't always easy, but with concentration, it often works. There are so many different methods of trying to relieve the pain, if one doesn't work, I try another. But in the end it seems like I end up just riding it out until things get better.

Have a great day all.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
well, if I am just having a minor flare ( few days) I go for the extra aleve, more hot showers...and beg the hubby for back rubs and the like... but I am having a major flare, I head to a massage therapist- I tend to get incredibly tense whenever I have a flare, so along with the pain, I get to stiff I physically can not relax my body....I try to get 1/2 of the massage trigger point release, and the other half just relaxation. If I was a rich woman, I would get a massage once a week regardless of how I felt!


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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I ignore it and try to get out and be active. Adrenaline seems to be a decent pain reliever for me......

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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I once got massage every week for a year. Bargain basement cost of $1000 that I paid in advance so I had to go. My therapist also has fibro so she understood perfectly. I ended up giving the last of my sessions to my pregnant daughter to help with her pain and fatigue. Although I felt better for a bit each week I have to say that a session in the hot tub at the YMCA was just about as beneficial as the massage. It's a temporary fix and then you are back to square one, at least for me.

Jokat, you are such a guy!!! When my brother's arthritis is flaring he rides his bike about 35 miles! I don't think I will ever understand men! rolleyes
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