Hi and welcome to the forum,
Sorry you are in pain. Learning to live with pain is quite an ordeal as you know.
Finding just the right med combo to get pain relief is just as challenging.
I am on Savella and flexeril for my fibro pain. I have found when I am stressed my pain
is more intense, so I do relaxation therapy 2-3 times a day. I practice deep breathing
and imagery while listening to good music. Getting daily excercise is important for
building muscle and for stress reduction. Soaking in a hot bath helps too.
I try to avoid taking any narcotic medication. At one time I was on vicodin daily for
nine months before I had back surgery. I did not like the way I felt on it.
I have learned to live with the daily pain. The flares are sometimes hard to handle.
You learn to slow down when you need to and rest.
A positive attitude really goes a long way in helping you deal with the illness.
I am really glad you have found us. Post often
possible MCTD, Raynauds, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis, High Blood Pressure, Migranes and
Pseudothrombocytopenia, biopsy shows a Scleroderma variant
MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella, Boniva,Lisinopril, Folic Acid, Flexeril, and