I have already figured out the heat thing :) the last couple of months I haven't taken any medications except for the vitamin D3 that the doctor told me to take because my vitamin D level was so low. I had to figure out something that worked at least a little bit for the pain to make it tolerable. I take hot showers several times a day and then I snatched the heater out of the living room and put it in my room to keep me warmer... I am always cold... on top of that I have been using a cherry pit hot pack that I curl up to and lavender oil to help me to relax a little more to go to sleep. the last couple of weeks that seemed to help. Before we started trying to figure out what was going on I was taking a lot of Ibuprofen and actually for three days before I broke down to see the doctor I ended up taking tylenol to see if it would help better even though I am allergic to tylenol... it didn't help either. So right now I am only on the vitamin D3 and starting today the B12 not sure how much that will help yet.
The biggest thing I have going for me is that I have a positive attitude even with all the pain. I am very persistant and rather determined and don't generally let anything stop me from accomplishing what I need to. I also know that I have God on my side and he isn't going to give me anything that I can't handle. I believe the reason I am having the more severe pain right now is because God is trying to teach me something it is working to slow me down and force me to admit things that I would have never admited otherwise. I look at this more as a growth stage rather than something to dread.
Keeping stress low was mentioned... does stress make it worse? if so that would be why it has been worse the past few months because my job has been extremely stressful... it is a high stress situation in the first place(I work as an aide in a nursing home), but add the poor management in there and it makes it twenty times more stressful.
thanks for being here.