Fibro Pain/Flare Like you wouldn't believe!!!

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   Posted 5/15/2012 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am at the end of my wits with this pain today.
I thought it might be because of the rain yesterday.  But then it could be because my lyrica was reduced.  Or maybe the amount of emotional stress I have been under.  Or maybe the fact that I have been racing to one doctor's appointment and hospital appointment after the other.  This new bi pap machine has been driving me crazy. 
OK today I could cry.  I am hurting in my legs, hips and feet, my usual.  Additionally I am hurting in my arms, wrists and fingers too.  I am taking my pain meds every three and a half to four hours and have increased my lyrica back to where it almost was before I ran out of my pills and lost my prescription--yes my concentration is that bad.
Today I just sat on the edge of my bed and wanted to cry, but the tears would not come.  I feel so defeated.  To top it all off, my 72 year old brother is in surgery for an ischemic bowel and they will put in a colostomy and treat him for the infection he has.  He is going to ICU.  All this came on suddenly.
So, I thought I would come here to my friends and post my little rant and get it off my chest.  So, thanks for listening.  I am hoping my flare will settle down soon.  I have an appointment with my pain dr on Thursday , so maybe she will get my lyrica back up to where it was before.  I'm also taking some advil here and there to help with the inflammation I feel in my body.  It helps sometimes.
Please pray for me and for my brother too.  I think he needs all the prayers he can get.  His name is Charley.
God bless all my friends here at Healing Well.
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   Posted 5/15/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am praying for you and your brother ....pain sucks :-(

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   Posted 5/15/2012 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Poor you. So much to deal with. So much to cope with. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you both.

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   Posted 5/15/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Linda I feel so bad for you, FM is hard enough to manage daily all the ups and downs. You and your brother Charley will be remembered in my evenin prayers.
Take care

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   Posted 5/16/2012 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I seem to be in the middle of a fibro flare and my endometriosis is rearing its ugly pain as well.

I am praying for you and your brother. Are things looking and feeling a little bit better today?

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   Posted 5/16/2012 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your sweet replies.  For those of you praying for my brother, Charley, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Well, what happened with him was, his bowel ruptured right before surgery.  He even heard it.  They took him in and had to remove the entire colon and he has a permanent colostomy now.  But he almost didn't make it they say.  He was very unstable last night.  I spoke to the day nurse in ICU around noon today and she told me he had an excellent nurse named Scott last night.  I'm sure he saved his life.    His blood pressure is stable now and he is on a ventilator.  He is medically sedated and will remain that way for the day.  He is very very ill.  Please, please I beg of you to pray for him, for those of you that pray.  For all the others, please send positive thoughts his way and I will be grateful.
As for me and my pain, it is there as you all can imagine.  I am planning the 6 hour car trip on Friday to be with him and the family.  I am hoping he is off the ventilator by then.  I hope I can make the trip too.  Now with oxygen, I seem to be a mess. lol,  but I want to go.  So wish me luck.
God's blessings over you all.
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   Posted 5/16/2012 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish you all the luck that you can go show your brother your support. I also hope your flare settles down, they always come at the wrong time. All the best

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   Posted 5/16/2012 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda I'm so sorry that your Fibro is flaring so bad. I am also sorry about Charlie. I will be praying for both of you. I also pray that the flare lessens and that you're able to make the trip to be with your brother. How scary.

Take care and try to rest up.

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   Posted 5/16/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Linda...I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I will definitely be putting him, and your family into my prayers.

I'm also sorry that you are in a flare right now. Stress, along with trying to get used to the Bi-Pap certainly can make the pain so much worse.

I hope you travel safe...I know that your focus is on your brother...but please take care of yourself as well.

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   Posted 5/17/2012 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Quick update,
My brother is doing well. He is stable and off the ventilator. He is awake and responding and talking. Thank you, God.
He has asked that I not come to see him now, so I will respect his wishes. I am very disappointed, but concentrating on the good news of his status.
My daughters have realized the stress I have been under and the disappointment of not being able to go see my brother, so my one daughter is watching the dogs for me and my husband and the other daughter has booked a mini two day vacation for us by the intra-coastal waterway in Jupiter, Florida. I have such a good family.
As for my pain, I went to my pain dr. today and she has written my script for the lyrica and my pain has improved slightly. I am trying at every corner to de stress. It's been hard these past few days, but my faith and my family and friends have supported me the whole way. I feel truly blessed.
Thank you, all of you, for your dear responses and for your comforting and special prayers for Charley and the family. God bless all of you from the bottom of my heart.

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   Posted 5/17/2012 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that your brother is doing better Linda.
Also good that you got your scripts from your pain doctor today.
I am sure the mini vacation will help you to de-stress. Enjoy your time away.

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   Posted 5/17/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
O Honey! I know just what u mean! Does your Lyrica usually help? Have u been seen by a pain specialist? They are the folks from whom I got the most help. I am glad that u got it out of your system and onto the net! It helps! I hope that you have a good support system. I have lived with this for a long time and know EXACTLY what u mean!!! Hang in there! yeah

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   Posted 5/17/2012 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad your brother is doing better many many Prayers for him and Prayers for you
too Linda....Hope the Lyrica continues to help you...healing hugz and thinking of you...
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   Posted 5/18/2012 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad Linda that your brother is improving him. My very best thoughts to him and to you that your flare settles quickly.

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