Hi Suanne & welcome. Even when I am sick or hurting I come here to get my mind off myself & see what others are doing. They are a kind & helpful group of people & you will find all the help & support you need.
I feel that Fibro is progressive. My pain has gotten worse over time & my fatigue can disable me. But who knows, maybe it will level out.
I am a strong believer in the idea that if you can't talk to your Dr, if he/she is not safe for you to tell all your concerns too, you need a different Dr. Don't feel like an addict, you have pain & need the help that these pain relievers were made for. If your Physician says you are acting like a drug addict, move on. I hope this pain specialist will have some answers for you. I take 600 mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours & this seems to keep my pain at bay. I am looking into the malic acid & I take a B Complex for help with pain. I use my bed buddy alot for those spots that just want to keep hurting.
Good sleep will help to lower your level of pain. I have a pretty thick mattress topper & a heated mattress pad cover that I can use for all over pain relief. I take a muscle relaxant at night to help me sleep & I use Melatonin 5mg, sublingual to sleep.
I hope you come back often & read, read, read. Knowledge is Power. Many hugs, Denise
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety
Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren
As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
Hi Suane and Welcome-
Pain management is a huge part in treating fibro and if you have a Dr. that does not believe in that, I would move on also. If only they could feel this pain for a day! Things would sure be looked at differently from the medical profession.
Lots of good advice given and it was nice to meet you-
Welcome to the Forum!!! You'll find tons of helpful people here that are very willing to help!! They are non-judgemental and enjoy sharing ideas. We're all here for the same thing.. help and support!
First, let me answer Baloo's question about a TENS unit, that's an electric stim. unit that sends impulses to the effected muscules but tensing them up and releasing them. Most PT's and Chiros use them to help release a muscule spasm.
OK.. back to your question, Susanne, is FMS progressive. Interesting question to which there are little to no answers. One thing I do know is that its not degenerative. As for progressive, I think it is, but so is the aging process. As I've gotten older my painful areas have gotten worse. Like Marlee, I have a lot of pain in my hands, but I also have it everywhere else. I have a lot of back problems and when I'm in a fibro flare its MUCH worse in my back and hips.
As for the doctor issue. I agree with everyone else. Be honest. Let him/her know that you don't want to be labeled as a drug seeker, but a pain releif needer!!! I'm glad you've got a pain management doc. I don't have one of them, but my doc. does acupunture, I can't afford that treatment but he does understand that pain is real.. thank God!! I'm on tramadol, too. When its really bad I can take ibpurofen and that helps too. I also take amitriptyline to help me sleep and xanax to help with anxiety & sleep (which can throw me into a flare quickly).
Keep us up to date and informed, hope things get better!!