Tips on recuperating with fibro

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upbeat
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   Posted 6/8/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I had surgery on my foot yesterday to take out a Morton's Neuroma. I have to keep my foot elevated and can only get up if necessary with crutches. Just lying here is killing my back and the crutches are killing my already sore shoulder! I think I need the pain medication more for my fibro than my foot at this point.
 
Has anyone found anything that helped them while recuperating?
 
Thank you!! 
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/8/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
The stretching exercises in Fibro 101 can help with  your back, shoulders and neck area and are done sitting down.  I hope this will help you.  I know I can't sit or lay too long without stretching.
 
I hope you feel better soon!
 
Sherrine
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upbeat
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   Posted 6/8/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Sherrine, I had been doing ankle rolls, but didn't think of stretches I could do for my upper body while sitting!
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag


Dagger
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   Posted 6/8/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine gave you great advice about stretching. I recommend that you switch positions frequently. If you are on the couch, switch sides so that you are laying on a different side frequently. Move around as much as you can, I usually change positions whenever a commercial comes on or at least every hour. Just move a bit and stretch. You don't need to move a lot, just enough to redistribute your weight for a minute or two. You don't want to wear yourself out.

Stretch your back and shoulders ever time you use the crutches but just for a few seconds or you will make yourself more sore. It's probably impossible but try not to tense up when you are using the crutches.

A heating pad may help your upper back relax but make sure you take breaks. My doc used to suggest I use heat for 20 minutes then take it off for 40 minutes.

I've had a few surgeries (but not on my foot) and I would only start to feel worse when I didn't move and stretch.

upbeat
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   Posted 6/9/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Dagger, thank you, I am finding I am really achy from sitting here. I have to keep my foot higher than my heart, so it is hard to change positions, but I have been trying.  I am trying to put weight on the foot today, so I don't have to use the crutches. I have a little shoe and I am allowed to put weight on it as pain allows.
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag

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