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   Posted 2/3/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I swear I haven't been without a lot of pain in 1 1/2 years and it's getting worse.  Does anyone else experience this pain for this length of time?  I keep hearing about flare ups but mine never goes away.  It's so frustrating.  

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   Posted 2/3/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
There is always pain, every day. I am constantly achy. It is a matter of whether it is lesser daily pain, or the greater pain of a flare.
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   Posted 2/3/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Harley,

I think that the pain is different for different people. And we all have different pain tolerances. For example, I have pain every day. But if I am in a flare, the pain is worse. I have not had a flare in a long time, but there are days that I hurt more than other days. Some people can tolerate pain and some can't. I am a person that can tolerate a certain amount of pain. I just try to keep myself busy and the pain fades into the background. but it is there, always. Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder.

Do you take anything for the pain? Maybe you should talk to your doctor and see if he recommends pain medication. Some do and some don't. But there are also other things that you can do such as constantly be moving. Do gentle stretches, use heat. And I am sure there are other things that people do and hopefully the other members will share their ways of fighting pain with you.

I hope that you feel better. I hope that you have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 2/3/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyday is an achy day, I'm used to achy. Flaring is a whole differant story, my pain
level soars and goes from achy to intense bone crushing pain. I only use muscle relaxers,
Flexeril ( cyclobanzaprine) for flares and they still work for me. I also take Savella 50mg
2x daily.

Flares come and go. They can last a couple hours or weeks. Heat always feels good, find ways to distract from the pain and don't forget to exercise some.

Wishing you flare free days!

hugs, Robin
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Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
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   Posted 2/17/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry I took so long to view these posts.  I've been burying myself in good books to take my mind off the pain.  I take Neurontin for the pain but I can only handle a small dose and only once a day or I can't function at work.  I tolerate pain pretty well, or at least I used to before the Fibro kicked in.  3 natural child births and didn't complain about them but this really beats all.  I've tried Lyrica and antidepressants (TCA's) for the pain but I have to be alert at work and can't get past the side effects of the meds.  I've been snowed in for a while now and can't wait for the big thaw so I can start walking throughout the day to keep moving.  Thank you for you suggestions and understanding.  I is very appreciated.

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   Posted 2/17/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3?  I use both of these and they help with the pain.  They don't work for everyone but many have had good results with them.  There are links about both in Fibro 101.  Be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there would be no interaction with other meds you are taking.  I asked my doctor.  He said he didn't think they would help but he also said they wouldn't hurt me so I tried them and they worked and he was wrong!  smilewinkgrin
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