Feeling the Pain

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/12/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a fibro flare up on Monday!! It is Tuesday and I am still feeling the results of that. My back is still giving me trouble- I have bulging discs in my lumbar spine and in L5- S1 I  have a large herniated disc with a displaced nerve root. So I have alot of back pain at the moment even with some treatement. I also have oseoarthrisis. My legs have been so sore from the arthrisis, which I have in the knees as well as in other parts of my body.
My issues are that I am so sick of being in pain. I talk about pain alot, so I must drive my family nuts. I take percodan for pain as needed and Oyxcontin twice a day. I have had steroid injections in my lumbar spine and now they are injecting pain medication tomorrow in my spine as a test to see if I get pain relief. If I do, then they will do a nerve ablation. I had my first test done and got 4 hours of pain relief. But again I am getting tired of the constant pain that wakes me up at night. The pain that causes me to not have a full life and will limit me on vacation as the rest of our party will be seeing the sights and I am limited because my walking is limited due to pain. It seems that everything revolves around my pain. I can't shake it and it has become my constant unwanted pal. I know others felt this way. I know I am not alone. I am just feeling frustrated as can be tonight.

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   Posted 6/12/2012 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Milly, welcome, glad you found but sorry you are hurting so much.
How long has you pain been going on? Have you tried other pain meds? has your doctor mentioned a stimulator or pain pump?
Perhaps alternating heat and ice might help you.

I hope you will keep posting with us and let us know how you are doing.

Take care

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   Posted 6/12/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Milly Welcome to our chronic pain forum. I'm sorry you're in so much pain. Suzane gave you good advise. I want to add how about trying BenGay or other topical pain reliever. I hope your pain gets better really soon. Take care.

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
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 6/12/2012 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Milly, fibro is my enemy as well, do not be so hard on yourself hon there is nothing you can do. We watch everything we do and just when we think we have it controlled another flare hits. If you are not feeling up to things today does not mean tomorrow will suck too. I hope you feel alright tomorrow. Rest when you can
Take care

Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol

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   Posted 6/13/2012 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried warm( a electric blanket that is wonderful). And ice backs have been my friends. I also use Biofreeze and I have a TENs unit. I guess I was just fed up with the pain and it is always there. Thank you for all your responses. I think the pain medication is working but I take it pretty regularly and that concerns me. I have that much pain though. I am just tired of the pain both mentally and physically. I just drains me as I know it does most people.

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   Posted 6/13/2012 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya Milly and welcome.

You sound a lot like me, and believe me, I feel your pain. You might want to try adding some OTC ibuprofen, and ask your doctor about a muscle relaxer. Flexeril does wonders for both my Fibro and the pain from my lumbar region. Gabapentin or Lyrica is another thing you can ask your doc about. I'm on gabapentin and it helps so much with my neck and upper back pain from Fibro.

When your flares are bad try lying on your side and putting an ice pack on your back just above your tailbone. 15 min on 15 min off. If that doesn't help, try heat instead. The ice helps me a lot but some get more relief from heat.

By finding this forum you've found many really nice people who are great listeners when you need to vent and who understand your pain. Yes chronic pain takes over your life and of course you need to vent about it. It's horrible and there is NOTHING that doesn't involve using your back. Even breathing hurts me at times. You are not alone anymore :)
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis (knees and fingers), Diabetes. Ruptured disk L-4, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, ACDF C6-C7
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