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momtofourangels
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   Posted 3/9/2011 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm here again. I'm in agony. I'm hurting so bad!!!! I'm so angry. Why won't this pain at least calm down some. I'm so sick and tired of it. I tried the new patch I got from Walgreens and all it did was make my face turn red and I had to take it off because I was scared. After i took it off, my face went back to normal. I just changed my Fentanyl patch, Jerome (my husband for those that don't know) rubbed Tiger Balm on my back. I pray to God that it helps. I'm at the point of going to the ER. I haven't been to the ER for myself in years and I'm really scared to do that because of all the horror stories I've heard. We wouldn't have a ride back home either. So I guess I'm stuck here. Jerome's really tired tonight and he's in bed, just got up. There's no way I'll be sleeping if this doesn't let up. I hope everyone's having a low pain night. I love you all so much. You're a great bunch of people ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))) I've never had a support group like this that is so supportive like you guys and gals are. Thank you so much. I guess I'll go now that i've done some venting. You all take care.

love and gentle hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

desert
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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 3/9/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Loretta, I'm so sorry you're having such a terrible night. I hope it lets up soon. Sleepless nights are the worst. Hang in there. Even though we cannot be there in person, your whole HW family is right here beside you. And that won't ever change. All my best healing wishes and prayers are already with you.

-Jeff

Post Edited (desert) : 3/9/2011 9:43:38 PM (GMT-7)


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/10/2011 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   

 

  Dear Loretta,

   I am sorry you are hurting so badly. Have you thought of an "Arnica" gel instead? It is an anti-inflammatory (like ibuprophen) but you can get it in gel form and it lasts for hours! Also, be sure to borrow on of your husbands undershirts when you use tiger balm. Not even bleach can get the "Yellow" stains out of clothing left behind from tiger balm. Straight baking soda and bleach mixture seems to work... sorta.

*warm huggs*
  dani


TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Rhaevin
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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 3/10/2011 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Loretta,
 
I love Tiger Balm, especially the extra strength version. Thank you for reminding me I actually need to get another jar of it. The most difficult part I have is applying it, though when it's in a place I can reach I generally wear latex gloves to keep it from getting under my nails. I'm really good about scrubbing afterwards, but I prefer to be safe then sorry.
 
A nice alternative is something called Bio-Freeze. I know for awhile my local CVS carried it, but otherwise you generally have to find it through a chiropractor's office. It comes in a gel, a roll-on, and a spray. I prefer the spray as it's easier for me to apply, even in hard to reach areas, and doesn't leave a gel residue on my skin. It's cold, just as the name suggests, so I normally only use it in the summer time when the excessive heat of the high desert makes my arm so swollen and tender. Sometimes I use an IcyHot sleeve with it. Once the medication in the sleeve has worn off I'll put it back on the next day and saturate it with the Bio-Freeze; I've found it lasts longer that way. I know they also make some patches that I've had success with in the past -- IcyHot and ThermaCare are my favorites when I need something for my lower back.
 
Have you tried reading a book to help take your mind off the pain and hopefuly relax you to sleep? I hope you get rest soon. I know the nights I only get 5 hours my body doesn't have time to "heal" and so my pain levels start out excessively high in the morning then. I know it sounds stupid but try to find a way to take your mind off the pain and see if it helps you rest. Have your husband hold you and rub small circles at your lower back. It doesn't need to have pressure behind it; the act alone can sometimes be soothing. Another option is playing soft, soothing music. Classical is good, or a soundtrack from a nice movie.
*hugs*

momtofourangels
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   Posted 3/10/2011 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the support. You guys are the best. I don't know what i would do without you. Thanks for the ideas. I'll give some of them a try. As far as the TegaDerm, I like the extra strength and it's white so it doesn't stain your shirts. The others sound good too. I'll see what i can find. I've got to find something that will help with this pain. I know being in extreme pain can have bad affects to your body, and that scares me. I'm trying my best to get my pain down. i heard that on the tv somewhere and read it on the internet too. I tend to believe that it's true, unfortunately.

I hope you're having a low pain night and that you all can get some rest. I hope I can too. You all take care of yourselves.

I hope you don't get tired of me coming here so much lately. I figure this is a support group, so I'm taking advantage. I haven't much in the past, so I figure it's my turn. Is that ok?

I hope you're all having a low pain night and are getting some good rest tonight.

love and gentle hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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