Post Edited (Riser) : 5/4/2010 6:00:59 AM (GMT-6)
I'm 24 so nice to meet another youngin that has fibro! What helps me is the heat pack, Rx amitriptyline and 3 advil before bed when I end my day with a really bad flare up. I use this heat pack called Thermipaq and it can come for the shoulders and other parts of the body. I'm not sure which because my husband bought it for me when I was having a lot of pain and running to the store for thermicare pads. You can find it at Target at a reasonable price. The shoulder one he got me works also to put around your waist for your lowerback so you can work and get relief at the same time. I would heat it for 45 seconds and not the minute like they suggest. I like heat, but not so my flesh melts off. I also have noticed if I wear my mocosin slippers to work that the heat they provide and cushion helps my feet. My pains are mostly in my legs and lower back, but in the last 2-3 years my hands and now wrists and feet have more arthritic pain than fibro pain. I would put the baby in those slings they sell now and hold him like that if I was too scared to hold him. I've seen that you can cradle them and have them sit upright and sit like those backwards backpack looking carriers do. That way he's right there safe and you are holding him with some help. If you can record or watch for the "Bring Home Baby" on TLC episode that had the mom with Rheumatoid Arthritis. You can see a little bit of how so copes. I don't know if you have help at home or what your situation is, but that sling my be that extra support you need. I have an email on here you can email for questions if you like.