Sweating? And upper back pain.

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   Posted 6/11/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone found anything to help the sweating?  I didn't know until recently that sweating is part of fibro.  I also found out that taking cymbalta is a culprit too and makes it very bad for me.   I can't take the sweating.   I am 52 and know the difference between the hot flashes and the awful sweating.  
And does anyone get the awful back pain that would run across the back just under the shoulder blades?  It's awful. I can take the lower back pain, but the upper I just can't.   My muscles on my shoulders and across the bones in the front under the neck. (having a brain fog for the name)   and back there are hurting pretty much right now.  I had a whole body massae the other night thinking it would help, but it didn't.   Does moist heat help at all?  I have tried it other places.  I am using voltaren, but that helps only a little. 
 Why do doctors feel this isnt'  a real disease?    the pain is certainly real.    I have noticed my skin is on the gray side of color right now.   I was scared of cancer because I see people with cancer having gray looking skin.  My liver or kidey on the right side is painful too. 
  Just venting.  I try not to tell my husband everything. He  has seen me laying and covered up since last week and sleeping during the day.  That's not me. I could never sleep during the day at all.  And if he sees me covered up, he knows something is wrong.   I think worrying about me has given him aches and pains too.  
thanks for listening.
   I have one good friend, but she has not been sick much at all in her life. a cold here and there.  She tries to understand, and my children, adult ones, don't bother either.    Why is this such a lonely disease.
back to square #1- off meds for now-dx with fibro.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. lodine- possibly neurotin 300mg, (not sure about that yet) sublingual B-12 , Chronic shortness of breath, sinus infections.  Asthma/COPD.

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   Posted 6/11/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Reading your post, you sound soooo frustrated. So first, I want to give you a nice gentle hug. :-)

I sweat ALOT. At work I fuss about the temp of the a.c. and I also have a little personal fan I use at my desk too. I have been going through perimenopause for the last 11 yrs, way before my dx of fibro and sweating has been a symptom of my hormones a whack I figure.

I get a bad "knife" pain accross my upper back and it will wrap around and effect my ribs and stomach. I use my heating pads (1 at work and 1 at home) alot. I do take ultracet to help with the pain, sometimes its just not strong enough, but I try to just relax with a heating pad on my back and taking a nice warm shower with the water running down my back.

Have you sent your kids the "Letter to Normals". I can't imagine my kids(adult ones) not helping/understanding me. You can just google it, I can't remember quite what the website was.

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   Posted 6/11/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll get waves of sweating.  It's not hot flashes.  I'm well over that but I'll be comfortable one minutes and stifling hot and perspiring the next minute.  I keep ice water with me at all times, drink some, and focus on something else and it seems to go away for me.
The pain around the shoulder blades is awful.  I do stretching exercises but there was nothing for them.  So I spoke with my massage therapist about that and she had an exercise to help that!  Bend at the waist until your body is parallel with the floor and just let your arms swing back and forth or in any direction.  That stretches the muscles in that area.  Try it!  It does help!
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   Posted 6/11/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome! And know so long as this forum exists, you'll be understood, or at the very least, empathized with. It's saved my sanity in just the few months I've been coming. :) *offers decaff low carb mocha frappe and hugs*

I've found that most ppl don't see me as being sick, I look tired, I look thin and God knows my skin and hair aren't as pretty as they once were, but most days I don't look as bad as I feel. <y husband says he can tell a good day from a bad by the way I walk, bouncy swish on a good day and 'the zombie shuffle' on bad.

I, too, sweat 90% of the time the other 10% I'm freezing with goosebumps (so sexy) I think my heat intollerance is from my meds, as before I started them I was freezing all the time. I keep something cold to drink at all times, even going so far as to get an insulated mug to take to bed with me, I also have a personal fan on my desk, pointed at my neck, with my heating pad in my recliner on my back, I've also lined my recliner with memory foam pillows, which helps my back pain, as they conform to my back, not my back trying to conform to the chair. On really bad days, I move the pillows to my bed or couch. I also try to soak in the tub once a day and it helps.
Unfortunately, I can't say everything that works for me will work for you, or someone else, this &%#$*& disease affects everyone differently and that means everyone will respond differently to treatments, but I hope something helps and you have many less painful days. LOL I never ask for a pain free day, just days with less pain.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Misty, please take the link to your web site out of your signature.  That is against forum rules.  Thanks!


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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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   Posted 6/18/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have this wicked "heat sensitivity" too. I always seem to think its hotter then anyone else does, and when it is legitimately hot, I'm sweating like no other, to the point where it is literally running down me. (Sorry for the gross visual there.) I sleep with a fan on most nights. Even walking in the heat gets me sweating wayyyy too much. It's hard.

And as for pain, I experience all different kinds. But as I write this, I have wicked pain in my left shoulder blade. I can't even stretch it out. My fiance just tried massaging it a bit and it KILLS. I thought the massaging helped, but then it went right back to just being as bad as it was. Blah.

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   Posted 6/20/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I just starting taking Cymbalta and have noticed that I sweat a lot easier and more than before. I just fan myself and wait for it to pass. :)
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