muscle spasms with lupus

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   Posted 4/15/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello My New Pals! The inflamation I had in my heart area seems to have moved into my back muscles and I am having tight cramps between the shoulder blades. I am on flexerill and as of two days ago lyrica. I put a heating pad on when I get off work and it feels good, but does not make it go away. Any suggestions? eyes
Thanks Tammy

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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Tammy, I use lidoderm patches it does help, flexeril makes me feel crappy the next day. I also use celebrex. Hope this helps!!
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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy, Sounds formiliar to me. Only I use a corn bag and heat it in the micro wave. Plus my shoulders. I can't pull a sweater over my head so mostly I wear button up stuff. Steroids kept it in check but now that I need a lung transplant I had to stop the predisone. I'm very very stiff and in pain for the passed two weeks. which is about 3 weeks after they stop the steroids. Do you take predisone? If not you might try asking you doctor for somthing like that which is good for inflamation.
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   Posted 4/16/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi! Everyone,

My doc gave me samples of a nsaid pain patch called Flector, and I really think they helped. I slapped that sucker over my hip at bedtime, and it really worked. It stuck on well, and I liked that it was topical. I use a microwave buckwheat pad, and love it. On a bad day last week, I heated it up 11 times throughout the day I spent in bed. And, I was given one of those memory foam mattress pads, thinking, I was desperate enough to try anything, and am grateful to find it helps alot, too. Tammy, chest pain is really common with lupus, and important to have your primary doc do a cardiac work up to make sure it is not heart disease related. I had an ekg, blood tests, a treadmill test, and nuclear med scan that was "normal" so at least I am comforted to know my chest pain is a lupus symptom. (It's more fun to enjoy the chest pain when I am not worried about keeling over with a heart attack)

hugs to all,


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   Posted 4/17/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Everyone for your advice. Suetoo, you made me giggle. It is the first giggle I have had in weeks! I have had the whole workup and even a heart catherization because my rythum was off. I am free and clear of heart disease. It is pericarditis and it drives me NUTS! Fun???? turn LOL This disease is truly NUTS! The lyrica seems to be helping with the nerve pain I had going down my arms, thank God! How great it is to have you folks to bounce things off of! Tammy
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