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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
As you know I have had an abdominal virus for the past 10 days or so. It is horrible and my stomach still cramps on occasion but no more D & V.

However, for the past 7 days I have taken very few muscle relaxants, some days none, and hardly anything for pain. Every time I feel an ache or 2 I take 2 extra strength Tylenol.

Maybe it is because I am not swimming but I doubt it. Normally when I do not do that I hurt horribly.

So I will not be a sucker and enjoy this respite. Like I thought hay fever is setting in but that can be easily remedied. It is the pain I worry about.

Just wanted to post, since it is a little too quiet around here for my comfort. I want to make sure everybody is okay.


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   Posted 3/22/2009 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Donnaeil: Well you have my attention. That virus was a very nasty one. I had it although fortunately it only hung around for four or five days but those days were mighty rough. I don't know if there is any relationship between recovery from the deadly virus and lessened symptoms from Fibro, except that the blessed relief the bug has moved on, is uplifting. I know when I spent four days rolling around in agony from a cracked molar, exposed nerve and all that fun stuff, Fibro was the last thing on my mind. That tooth made Fibro pain a walk in the park. I find the biggest problem with Fibro pain is not the pain itself so much as that it lingerssssss. It is the unrelenting nature of it, more than the acute pain itself. If it came and went in a day or two, and then there was a remisssion of a few days, well, then maybe I could stand it better. I expect that you have probably a bit of tolerance built up with the tylenol, and as you couldn't keep anything down, you probably weren't using much tylenol, so then when you started taking it again, it gave much more relief. I know when I go off my pain meds for a few days, when I start up taking them again, I get much better results.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
It would be nice if your reprieve from the pain would last for awhile. After all you have gone through this winter you deserve it.
I have noticed when one part of my body is really hurting, usually the killer headaches, I don't notice the pain in the rest of my body as much. Unless I'm really hurting somewhere distraction does help to take my mind off of it. I think that is why I'm able to get through social functions and then collapse in a heap of fatigue and pain afterwards.
I'm glad the D&V has stopped for you.
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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
OK just surfing from Crohn's but I have had the same experience this winter. I had a killer sinus infection with the flew on top of normal health issues and in the middle of all this the crohn's got better. It still is better after a month and it just amazes me. I ask "What Happened???" I hope I can keep the roll going b/c I have had a 4 year flare going and no drugs helped. I wonder if with the weird immune system going it goes for the other sickness and thus your other stuff gets better?!!?

Hope you pain free time keeps up!

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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm??? Interesting Donnaiel.

Maybe our bodies are being kind to us by protecting us from pain when we have a virus??  Or maybe you're taking it easy more than you have in the past??

Whaterver the heck it is, enjoy the fact that you're not flaring during this horrible virus you've had!!  I sure wouldn't want to go thru what you've been going thru, just to have a few pain free days.. LOL.. I just want the pain free days!!!

Glad you're starting to feel better!!!  Isn't it wonderful how great you feel when the bug starts to lift, especially when you've been sick as long as you have??

Hugs and happiness!!!

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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember when I was pregnant and flu season arrived. I told everyone that I would not get the flu because my body was already suffering enough. I was nauseous and exhausted, early fibro?

So maybe my body is my friend and has lessened the pain. I too get through social functions and then pass out for a while. I will be returning to public speaking soon and boy am I worried.

Trigirl, I hope you go int remission, soon. I lurk around the Chron's Message board all of the time. Great group.

Tyno, my fibro pain is relentless also. Sometimes I have flares that feel worse but rarely am I pain free. This is the first time I am taking Tylenol because it is usually useless for my pain. I took it for the fever and viral aches I did not want to take any NSAIDS because my stomach is sensitive. I will see if the extra strength ones work for fibro when the pain returns.

Boy do I miss swimming. It is going to seem like forever before I get back up to a mile. The seniors pass be me as is. Gotta catch up with those 80 something year olds.

I hope I have lost some weight after all of this. I deserve another perk.

I am going to the docotor this week because the abdominal pains have not stopped. They are not making me yell or anything, they're just reminders of the virus during the day.

Marlee, my daughter gets those killer headaches.

I can now eat rice, chicken and yogurt. Whoohoo!

Oh yes Patti, I am taking it easy

Thanks friends, donnaeil

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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donnaneil.  I'm sorry you've been sick for so long.  Ugghh!! I'm glad that you are feeling somewhat better, though.  I've been sick with a chest cold, but I don't think it is nearly as bad as what you've been going through.
What you said about your pain being more manageable lately reminded me of an episode of "House" I saw once.  The character's leg is always in extreme pain, and in one episode it got so bad that he smashed/broke his hand to re-focus his brain on a different pain.  Apparently, at least according to the show, the brain can only process so much pain at a time, kind of like the squeaky wheel gets the oil. 
I don't know if that is true, but it makes sense.  If our brains are redirected to pain/illness that is more acute than the fibro, maybe they sort of redirect themselves temporarily.  Just one of those things that makes you go, "Hmmm."
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   Posted 3/22/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww darn, I should have known And to think I wanted to publish a paper on the intestinal viral cure for fibro. lol

A guy I know had the same thing and he lost 20 pounds in two weeks. I hope I have not gained any. lol

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