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Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Right now, I have this painful pressure-feeling in my back and it kind of radiates into my chest.... My breathing is okay, so I am not worried about anything serious. It's just painful...

I'm thinking about going to bed early... (like 6:00 early) Maybe laying down would help relieve me of some of this pain... (I have a couple of important errands to run today, otherwise, I would lay down right now).......

If anyone has experienced anything along these lines, I'd appreciate some suggestions in regards to pain relief. I have Crohn's disease, so I'm no stranger to experiencing pain.... but I'm always interested in hearing what others do to help themselves. I'm always hoping to find a different way of coping with pain.... (I'm having joint pain right now, too... and I'm starting to get fed up with it again. I already try some pain-relief techniques... and they help me get through a bad day, but it just doesn't cut it)...

First and foremost, though, please help me deal with this pressure feeling in my back and chest... It really hurts.....


Ehh... Forget the errands... I can't hardly concentrate on anything. Maybe I can do them tomorrow... or... whenever somebody can next give me a ride. Man, this sucks...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 3/5/2009 3:04:57 PM (GMT-7)


shedontwearsocks
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   Posted 3/5/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celey,
 
I'm sorry to hear that you are having discomfort in your back and chest. I don't have problems with these symptoms often, but I did pull a muscle in my back a few years ago, and I found that being in water (pool, ocean, large tub!) helped alleviate the pain due to the gravity issue, I guess it just took the pressure off my back for a little while. I'm not sure if these is feasible for you, but if so, maybe it would help relieve some of the pain. I sure hope you start feeling better soon! wink
 
 
megan

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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Celey

Sounds like you have stiff muscles. Do some stretching exercises.
http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article3120.html

Lack of exercise, bad posture can cause back pain and it usually affects many places in your body including your chest.
Try doing some stretching exercises for your neck, shoulders, and back. A nice warm bath will also help.

Melodee

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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celey,

I have been having a lot of pain issues lately - radiating through my right leg, lower back and right shoulder and chest. I was having trouble coping with the pain and decided to go see a chiropractor for the first time per a friend's referral. He has been great...partly because his x-rays and "poking around" showed that I have some muscle and joint issues. So it's nice to know where the pain is coming from, and he is working on getting my muscles back into the right place so my nerves aren't hit all the time.

I agree with pp's - it's probably a muscle issue. I have been doing light stretches every morning and evening. Definitely in the evening. After dinner sometime prior to bed, I do a variety of stretches for my shoulders, back, lower back, you name it - any stretch that I can think of! The stretching has helped me sleep better and the pain has decreased. I would try some stretching...and, if that doesn't ease the pain, maybe look into a good deep muscle massage or taking the next step and popping into a chiropractor? I was skeptical, but he has really helped me.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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dixibella
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I second getting a massage, even one of the 15 min chair massages just to help loosen you up. What about going for a short walk and then stretching? I know how hard it is to try to even think about exercising when you hurt but sometimes just getting the your muscles warm and the blood flowing to the area and then stretching it out really well is the best thing. If you do it just go really lightly.
If it doesn't go away it really couldn't hurt to go see a chiropractor or someone who does manipulations. I just saw my new OMT (osteo manipulative therapy) doc for the first time this week and although my seized up shoulder isn't completely better I feel LOADS better all over just from one visit. My circulation was immediately better and I haven't had a Raynauds episode since.

paniccu
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
a heating pad always helps me. If it continues I would also suggest doing some stretching excersices that will strengthen your back and stomach muscles.

mom2three
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Just what my chirpractor said...NEVER apply heat. He said apply ice only. I don't know if that is a general rule of thumb, but it was new news to me!

LNN - I LOVE theragesic - it's way better than Icyhot - my hubby & I have like 3 bottles :)
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Nanners
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   Posted 3/6/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Welll from a fellow Crohnie, what about a gas buildup? Or possibly something like GERD? Or possibly gallbladder? When you say pressure in your back that radiates to your chest kinda sounds gallbladder like, instead of muscle pain. I sure hope you get feeling better.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions, guys... I did some stretches before bed... (I usually do in hopes of preventing myself from feeling stiff in the morning... It helps)... And I am feeling better this morning.... I will try stretching at various parts of the day to keep me "loose." :)

I visited a massage therapist one time... It felt really good what she did... and it did make me feel a lot better and more relaxed afterwards... The thing is... It's so expensive... and I don't have that much money.... (I really can't afford to splurge at the moment, especially since I'm worried about not having any food here in the near future)...

Also.... Theragesic? Where can I find that? And... how much does it cost?

I used to have some Vicks vapor rub that would help a little bit when I rubbed it on my hurting joints... But I left the little thing I have of it at my mom's apartment... :|
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice, Garen (tell your mom I said thanks, too)... When it gets warmer out, I do plan on going for some small walks.

I don't think it is gas build-up... I'm low on food right now, so I really haven't eaten that much.... and... I have no idea about my gallbladder. :|...

Uhh... No offense or anything, Nanners (because you are one of THE BEST persons ever) but... Isn't it usually older people who have gallbladder problems?

I know people in my family have had gallbladder troubles a lot.... (I'm not sure if that's a genetic thing or what)... But it's always been the older people in my family....

Hmm.... I did have a blood test not too long ago. Do you think it would've showed anything if I did have gall bladder troubles? *My blood work looked pretty good, I'm just low on iron* Or is there a specific blood test or test that you have to have in order to confirm that?
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 3/6/2009 8:35:11 AM (GMT-7)


Nanners
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
No offense taken Celey...HaHaHa!!! You young whippersnapper you!!!:) No, gallbladder problems can hit at any age and actually alot of us Crohnies end up having to have ours removed. I don't know why that is, but it sure seems as most of us have had to have it removed.

I am wondering if because you aren't eating alot right now, if the acids are kicking up and upsetting things. I know when I don't eat on a fairly regular schedule I will get some wierd pains and sick gut.

I think the only time Gallbladder things show up in your blood is when you are in the middle of attack. I have known many folks that have had attacks and then go don't go to the doctor until a few days later, and always there tests come back normal. Then have another attack, go right away to the ER during the attack and it shows up. Go figure???

Maybe it was just a simple muscle pull, if it continues maybe you should see your family doc!

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't actually do anything to pull my muscles... but then... I don't do anything to my joints, either... So... It probably is just my body being stupid... //^_^\\'... Hopefully.

The whole acids thing could be another possibility, too... At any rate, it certainly isn't helping my energy level. But what can I do? When you're broke, you're broke... :|... And when food stamps come in on the 15th, they come in on the 15th... No helping that.

I don't know about going to the ER for this.... even though it is really painful. Last time I went to the ER because I had severe pain in my right hip that would shoot down to my knee... could hardly walk (limped mostly)... The doctors did take me seriously, at least... and I had some tests done... (I have a few slightly bulging discs, but the doctors acted like that was nothing, so.....). And my general doctor simply brushed off the pain as being anxiety or "all in my head"...

It just seems like such an embarrassment... Unless I have trouble breathing or I pass out (in which case, I have informed my roommates about my Crohn's disease with instructions to please get me emergency care if such a thing should happen)... Or I have severe tummy pain... Then, I'm not going to the hospital.

And I dunno so much about going to the general doctor, either. I guess if that pain does get to be a regular problem, I will schedule a doctor's appointment. But it just seems like such a waste of time (Say, I have an appointment at 9:00 AM... I wouldn't get out of there until 5:00 PM (Oh, err, also forgot to add in the medical transportation wait time)... That's time spent mostly in the waiting room. The doc usually only sees me for maybe 10-15 minutes tops)... Especially if I only get told it's anxiety... //@.@\\'...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 3/6/2009 11:01:28 AM (GMT-7)


Green Grove
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Celey! Do you do any relaxation techniques? I have similar issues with my body when I am tensed all of the time. . . Just another thought to ponder, lol :)

I hope you get to feeling better my friend.
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Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I meditate every now and then... My anxiety really hasn't been too much of a problem for me lately... so, I don't think it is because I am too tense...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I think Celey it is probably some kind of wierd Crohns related thing. I have Fibro and Osteoarthritis so something is aching all the time and I can relate to wierd pains suddenly appearing. Hang in there sweetie, hopefully it will get better soon.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Nanners... I hope it will, too... Like I said, I am feeling better today... so... Hopefully, it'll leave me alone...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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