Hi Peggy, I'm always thankful that flares don't last forever, though they seem like
they do. My pain level is definately amped up and I describe it as bone crushing
pain. The pain is deep and seems to radiate from the bone through muscle and
at times my skin is very sensitive to light touch. Fatigue is overwhelming because
of the insomnia. The fog is worse when I'm flaring.
I do what I can to distract the pain and am a big believer in relaxation therapy.
Doing deep breathing exercises and meditation helps. Soaking in a hot tub is a
must for me when I'm flaring. I also make sure I exercise...some gentle stretching
and a short walk really seem to help. On days that I'm not flaring, I have walked up
to 3 miles but ae a slow pace.
I use a muscle relaxer for flares and that seems to take the edge off the pain, but
does make me drowsy, that is why I don't use Flexeril on a daily basis.
Wishing all of us flare-free days!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements