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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been dealing with other health isssues the past few months (was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Spondylitis) and have been trying different medications. Nothing is helping at all so the rhuemy is just trying to work on the fibro for now.
I've been struggling a bit with dealing with all this. My lower back, hips and costo have been unbareable. My muscles keep knotting and not releasing. not sure what to do at this point. All the muscle relaxants keep me awake and make my HYPER. Valium worked good a couple of times but hasn't worked since.
My pain dr wants me to try a spinal cord stimulator. Now the idea of implanting this stuff in my body gives me the willies. my pharmacist thinks I should really look into it before doing it. I looked it up and it says it really only works on nerve pain and is only somewhat successful. But my TENS unit does help sometimes. Not sure what to do.
But anyway I just wanted to say hi again. I hope to be around more, even if it's only lurking. Some days I'm too tired to write anything that will make any sense.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you're having such a rough time. Don't know if this will help but I bought a $2 tube of "Muscle Rub" at one of the discount stores, basically a menthol based cream, rubbed it on my ribs last night and finally got some sleep! I'm not as stiff this morning, either. Menthol increases circulation to the spot and the hot/cold feeling sort of confuses the nerves about pain signals. Worth a try?
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds interesting. What works the best for the costo is voltaren gel. It doesn't work long, only a couple hours, but it's very nice, and I can breath again!

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   Posted 10/24/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
My lower back is spasming realbad, the menthotlatem cream is helping it some along with muscle relaxnt , but i think the cream has helped more,too bad my husband hates the smell of it,but the only oderless ones out there are capsain(hot peppers) and that burn the living**** out of me. NAd then theres aspercreme and it really doesnt do anything, so i have to stick with the mentholatem based ones to do any good.
Good luck I hope you finda something that helps, maybe a hot shower? it helps me someimes....
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06 Spondlylosis/Disc Degernation Disease severe arthitis lower back -08,implantedInterstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines
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