Hey Patti...Wish I had a good answer for that one...I have found stretching to make it worse, although many of this forum have had good luck with it. The last time I stretched I got a Charley Horse in my calf that brought me to my knees. I just walk around for about fifteen minutes and although it doesn't relieve the stiffness completely and NEVER the pain, it works better than stretching. At least I can hobble to the teapot!
I have the morning pain & stiffness too. I can hardly get out of bed in the mornings. I go straight to my meds and usually after an hour I can at least get around although it's not very pretty!
I do the stretching excercises I found in Fibro 101, usually after I've been up a few hours and they do seem to help loosen me up. I wish I had more help for you, but that is about the only way I can get moving. On my real bad days, nothing usually helps.
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Yes, sometimes a hot shower does help.. sometimes it doesn't.
I've mentioned to the dr. 2 times that over the counter stuff isn't helping. I have another appt. next Wed. I'm hoping he'll send me to a rheumy!!
Yes... stretching too early really causes more trouble than its worth.. it seems it's a slow process of loosing up.
MT Lady mentioned vicodin... I've taken that for back pain and other things. I can't take it too long (more than a few days) or it rips my stomach up.
Thanks for your thoughts..
Hey Tyno 3 ..I do take some meds... xanax - been on that for about 3 yrs, elavil (just started that about 10 days ago).. I'm getting "weaned off" of trazadone, I also take a half of unisom at night. I will be seeing the dr. on Wednesday for some follow up, from some bloodwork.
Here's a little history.. I knew I was having problems since my last bought with Lyme... 1999.(had a spinal tap in 1999 that ruled out chronic lyme, ms, lupus and RA.) I moved to the mid west... not many doctors around here knew about Lyme. I started feeling better in 2001, went back to work part time and by 2002 I was working 2 jobs, in 2006 got a very high profile job, the symptoms would be mild and come and go... Anyway I was in total denial most of the time, changed drs in 2005, never discussed the Lyme or possiblities of Fibro until.... Nov 2008. BANG.. had a huge anxiety attack, wound up in the hospital with chest pain. No heartattack..thank God. Then all the symptoms kicked in BIG TIME. So I'm in the process of being dx'd. Even though I'm sure I've had Fibro for years, we have to rule out other issues. So I know it'll take a little time before I get on the proper meds.
Donnaeil- wish I had a pool nearby.. but since I live in a snowbelt, getting out to swim isn't much of a possibility for me, unless I join a gym. ($$ is an issue, since I'm not working right now).
Thanks again for all of your input!!
Hey there Pattipanda: Well it sure sounds like you've got your head screwed on right and are headed in the right direction. I'm sorry about your job loss. Exactly the same thing happened to me twice. I was in a fairly high profile, fairly well paid job and I kept missing days. One knows the ending there. Then I got myself back into a dreat job, but was too ill to accept many shifts so when promotion time rolled around, this fellow who was junior to me (I had more experience), got promoted because although I had been there longer, he accumulated more hours. I'm afraid I just couldn't go on after that. I was mad, sad and heartbroken, and gave up. I began working way below my level of training and experience (housekeeping) because one didn't feel so bad when they lost one of those. I was very good at it, had many clients, but could only book myself every other day, because I would need a day between gigs to heal, and rest. We surely do get the short end of the stick, practically every time.
As far as my meds, my PCP has his special little prescription out for my visit at the end of every two months. He gives me enough pain meds to carry me through two months at a time cause I live so far away. He will not even consider upping my dosage or changing meds, he say's ÿou have no pain tolerance, whatsoever. I felt like saying "änd you've never given birth so what do you know?"but I did not. In this predicament we offer only the info that is asked for, no more. I manage fairly well. WE're having a real slippery patch right now, cause my Dad is in hospital, but not so long ago, he was here with me, 24/7/365, for two years and I had to tippy toe around my own house. So, I guess it's all good or bad, only thinking makes it so.
Hey again backatcha Tyno 3
Do you see a rheumy? I'm hoping that my MD will send me to one. I think they have a better understanding about FM. However my MD does accupunture.. so I think he understands chronic pain. But accupunture is REEEEEEEEEEALLY expensive and I don't think my insurance will cover it.
I saw in your signature bio that you suffer from chest pain too. I think I have costochronditis and its extremely painful. Is that what you're suffering from? It always seems to be worse when I'm tired.
As for high profile jobs... I don't think I'll be doing that again, anytime soon. I think something more low-key is in order for me. I know my job stress is part of what got me into this mess and I don't think any job is worth that. Sure it was nice to be "on top of the world" for a while, but going through he11 to stay there ... just doesn't make sense.
The same thing happens to me.. I think its one of the bazillion symptoms of FM. Hope you get some rest with all you're going through with you mom.
I wanted to apologize to Tyno 3 for not sounding supportive of her situation with her dad. I guess it was a case of the infamous fibro fog.
My dad passed away almost 8 years ago, after a LONG (11 year) illness. I know what you ladies are going through and I wish you all the best in this difficult time. Its hard to watch your parents suffer.
Sorry my mistake when I read your post about your Mom. Yes, life is very tough and its hard to go through those challenges. Again, I'm sorry for my mistake.
As for the pain that jumps around .. that happens to me a lot. If we knew why maybe this syndrom wouldn't be such a mystery. I hate the pain, but when it jumps around it really catches you off guard. Today my pain has been in my thigh, neck and back. **sigh** I guess if we had the answer... we could find a cure!
Hey gals: The latest post, by ivy6, brought to mind an amusing vision. My son, trying to scrape me off the floor with a spatula. God Bless those Fibromites with the will to push through the pain and lead nearly normal lives.
The chest pain is really scaring me. Yesterday I had 3 bouts with it. It is right smack in the middle of the sternum, radiates outwards in both directions. Pattipanda, about your question about a Rheumy, I'd sure like to be able to see one, or go to a pain clinic that doesn't reccomend standing on your head followed by the Lotus position, but alas, here in Canada, we train excellent doctors but have socialized medicine (treats everybody equally regardless of income bracket,) so all our good docs leave for decent pay in other countries. It took me nineteen months to see a shrink and that was only because I was on the brink, I had to go through the crisis centre.I can ask for a referral, my next appt. but my PCP has turned out to be pretty darn helpful, so I don't want to offend (don't mess with it, if it's working) kinda thinking. Anywho, hope you all have a nice day.
I agree with my friend Patsie on this one... that chest pain really makes doing just about anything REALLY scary. I'd LOVE to be like Donnaeil and Ivy, I wish I had an indoor pool to jump into and stretch. The chest pain and stretching are really difficult.
Sorry you can't see a Rheumy Tyno, but had to laugh my butt of on the positions a pain clinic would put you through... that was funny!!!! I guess socialized medicine isn't all its cracked up to be.
For some reason, I wasn't as stiff as usual this morning... (better knock some wood).. but as the day is progressing I'm feeling some pain and stiffness in my hands and hips. But we're supposed to get Blizzard-Like conditions here tonight into tomorrow night... Woo Hoo!! I'm sure the weather isn't helping.
Warm hugs and safe travels,