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   Posted 2/8/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in June of 2008. I was in alot of pain and was told I was having a flare. I went thru terrible agony for about 5 months. Went to a rhuemy and he gave me 300mg. of tramadol, amitriptyline, and I was already on Lyrica.  Then I started to feel better. I had a couple of weeks where I had no fibro. symptoms at all. I thought yipee I have licked this thing and won't have to deal with the intense pain anymore. When I was having the flare my neck hurt and my right arm hurt so bad I could barely lift it. Every time I moved my arm I swear I could feel ligaments popping and could hear cracking in my neck and shoulders. Well, guess what the pain is back and so is all the popping and cracking. My question is how could all of these symptoms stop and I felt normal, and now they are back. It makes no sense to me. I guess I was in denial and thought the pain meds had taken care of the problem.  I just don't get it. What makes it come back? And, can someone please explain to me why everything is popping and crackling again? I am back at my job again so it's not that I am not keeping active. Help!
bulging discs in neck & thoracic region, low back pain, arthritis in lumbar region, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety,
meds: enjuvia, pristiq, actos, amaryl, lyrica, hyzaar, elavil, ultram
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   Posted 2/8/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
hi waterbaby,

i don't take any prescription meds so i'm not sure how those work at all, but i have been going through something similar with my diet. i cut out all sugars and cut wayyyy down on all "white" foods in general, and i was feeling GREAT for almost 2 weeks. then yesterday, i started getting the burning feeling in my legs and hips again and today i'm in a full out flare again. :( i, too, thought i'd "figured it out" with my dietary changes..guess i was in denial too! i have no idea why these things happen-how we can make a change or start a new med and feel fabulous for awhile, only to have the fibro pain come back unexpectedly-but if there's one thing i've learned about fibro, it's that it appears to be totally and completely unpredictable!

also-i pop and crack too, especially in my lower body. i have been like that all of my life, actually (my family calls me "snap crackle pop")..don't know why that happens, either. i'd be very intersted in hearing if anyone else has any info on that myself!

i wish i could be more helpful here but i did want you to know that you are not alone in this at all! i also really hope that you start feeling better again very soon! :-)
love and hugs

fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Waterbaby: with all the back and neck issues you noted in your signature, I think you need to be consulting your doctor about what you are experiencing, maybe get some updated MRIs for a current status check.

Others have talked about Tramadol being less effective over time. I too take Tramadol and am not certain that it is doing all it could be for me.

Hope this helps - do take care of yourself - neck issues are not anything to play around with, as I'm sure you know.
Still learning how to manage my Fibromylagia, and all the lovely gifts it brings.   
I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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   Posted 2/8/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Waterbaby, I know exactly what you mean.  Right after I was dx'd I thought I had figured it out & then another flare came & took me down again.  It happened over & over so I have finally realized that this is the nature of the beast.  I have a tendency to be stubborn, so it took many times of med changes, dietary changes & sleeping changes, etc.  The only thing I have figured out is I have no control over it.  I can do things to make the flares better but not always.  I take alot of vitamins & minerals as well as Ibuprofen for pain & Flexeril for sleep.  I pace myself & get the sleep I need.  I have an illness & I have to find my way through it.  I hope & pray they come up with a cure or at least a medication that will work for me & everyone else.  There are days I can push through the pain & days I can't but having come to terms with this illness has given me a new attitude on what I can do, that is very important.  We have to manage our pain & fatigue, always be aware of it when making decisions.  Yes, I pop & crack when I am flaring, it would be interesting to know why.  I am sure others will be able to help you, we all have different ways of coping & pacing.  Many hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, depression, TMJ,

Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren

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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Fibro symptoms, as with all chronic illnesses, come and go. We have good times, and not so good ones. There are flares, and days of achyness. sometimes we might feel more energetic than others.

There is no rhyme or reason to it. I have never been able to "lick" this. I have both good days and bad. It is life with a chronic illness.

The best we can do is take extra special care of ourselves, make our lives easier by reducing stress and pacing ourselves and, take time out for joy.

Take car, Donnaeil

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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Waterbury...I crack and pop so much people can hear me coming.  When the hubby hugs me he has actually jumped back from the noise.  I have always assumed its arthtitis but others on the forum say it's just part of fibro.  As far as flares...I have been so fortunate that I have gone several years without having so much pain that I am crawling to a chair, and a couple of Advil has gotten me through the day.  When my mom died a few years ago, I was the executrix of her estate and competley emptied her house by myself, cleaned it, did some painting...did the yard while it was on the market ....had a garage sale, hauled a mattress to the road on my back....Hubby was very sick at the time and couldn't help me that much and my brother and sister just sat back and waited for the check for their share.  Anyway...after all of that, NO FLARE!  So I don't know what triggers them when they seem to come out of nowhere.  Sometimes I will do something and say to myself...'Boy, you will suffer for this tomorrow," and nothing!  Other times I will have done nothing out of the ordinary and end up pacing the floors.  I don't get it either!

Hope you are feeling better...wish I had an answer, but you're not alone!



fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Waterbaby!

I wish I had an answer for you.  I've tried to figure it out and there's no answer.  There are times when I've really over done it and was fearful of what the next day would bring.. and no problem.  Then there's been times when I was really careful and bam, I'm in full blown flare.  Those days that we feel reasonably normal are so wonderful, but kind of a tease.

I just wanted to let you know that I care and I hope you find some relief.

Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
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   Posted 2/9/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Waterbaby- The only thing predictable that I haved learned about fibro, is how unpredictable it can be! Jeesh! 

Do you live in a cold climate? The winter we are having here is wreaking havoc on my body. We have finally climbed above freezing so I am hoping that will help some.

I too get the snap, crackle, pop - all over my body now. Where pre-fibro it was just in my neck. I know sometime back a member explained it and hopefully whoever it was will see this post.

Hope you start to get some relief soon!


Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  

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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
All I can say is it is the nature of the "beast" called fibromyalgia.  I have been in a horrible flare since last July but at the beginning of January it eased up and I'm not is so much pain anymore.  I can't explain it either except that it happens to all of us, over and over again.  I just really enjoy the good times and, when I'm in a flare, I remember those good times and know they will be back again.  That helps keep me going.
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