Boo, the right side of my body is my worst side. Everything happens on my right side! I have pain in my back, shoulders, and ribs but they are worse on my right side. I have a curvature in my spine and I think that's part of it. I have a huge hernia in the right side of my abdomen. I have vericose veins on my right leg only. I have sciatic pain in my right hip. It's really unreal! But, that's the way it goes for my body. Sounds like we are twins!
I had a light massage on Friday and talked to my massage therapist about sciatic nerve pain and she gave me some exercises to help me and I've passed it along to friends. She has the same problem to the point she was limping but this helps her. This is what she does to stop the pain. Maybe these will help you too. Be careful, though, because of your back. If you try this, I would suggest to only do what is comfortable for you.
Lay down on the bed on your back. Slowly bend your leg at the knee and draw it towards your chest. Clasp your hands around your leg right below the knee and draw your leg as close to your chest as you can. You will have some discomfort. You might not even be able to get your leg to your chest but that is fine. Once you have your leg there, count to 5 slowly and then slowly lower your leg down. Don't just straighten your leg out quickly. Do this 5 times. Then do the same thing with the other leg to keep things in balance.
Then, lay on your stomach on the bed. Have half of you on the bed with one leg down on the floor. Take the leg that is on the bed and bend your foot back so you can grab your ankle. Pull your leg like you are trying to touch your butt with your foot. You will feel the muscles in the front of your thigh being pulled. Pull this until you feel it and count to 5 slowly and then relax. Do this 5 times also and also do this with the other leg.
These are supposed to help with the sciatic nerve. Then, when you go to bed, have a pillow under your knees so your knees are bent some. When you sleep on your side, have the pillow between your knees.
I can just imagine the frustration you are having but getting yourself tied up in knots over it isn't helping at all. That can make your pain worse. We can try to help you as much as possible and just keep working with your doctors. Go to the Fibro 101 thread and print out some information about fibro in there. There is an especially good thread called Doctors Respond to New York Times Article. I'd print it out the two links in that thread and give it to your doctor after you have a discussion about fibromyalgia with him/her. This might help you to get your doctor to see that this is not all in your head!
I hope you have a much better day tomorrow.
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/9/2009 4:58:21 PM (GMT-6)