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   Posted 9/28/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Fibromyalgia and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease among other medical problems and was wondering if someone could give me some insight. I haven't worked in 6 years ( I used to waitress full time). I have signed up for a sub at the local schools to fill in when they need me. Today I was called in to help at the High School Cafeteria which included serving food and running the dishwasher. I was there from 10 am -1:30pm. I was in severe pain with my neck pain and back cramping. I do have arthritis in my back too. My question is........for such few hours is this normal to be in such pain?? By the time I got home I cried for 1/2 hr due to the pain. I take 4 Soma's a day, plaquenil, savella, and arthrotec to help with the fibromyalgia and MCTD. Is this pain normal? I am afraid to ever go back if they call me. I have never had so much pain in my neck before. My back cramps all the time even at home running the vacuum so that was pretty normal. All 3 of my kids are finally ALL in school so I thought subbing in at the school would be a good idea but now I am 2nd guessing. Can the severe  neck pain really be from the fibromyalgia? I am afraid I will never be able to work without all this pain and cramping. I also take 2 Flexerill ant night time to help with sleep. I have been in physical therapy 5 x in 2 years running about 2-3 months each session.
Should I contact my doctor?? I just don't know what to do? I was so excited to fill in today but it ended in disaster!! My friend has fibro and is a dental hygenists and works full-time. I am so confused as to why my pain was so intense and yet she can work with minimal pain and NO meds.
Can anyone help me with my confusion??

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   Posted 9/28/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
HI, Kitkat!  Well, you haven't worked for a while so you were all of a sudden demanding work from muscles that aren't used to being worked like that!  I remember a friend invited me to play racquetball.  I had never played that but used to play tennis.  I'm very competitive so I played and beat her.  For days after, I could barely move.  I swear, the only thing on my body that didn't hurt were my ear lobs and that's because there are no muscles there!  shocked
Neck pain is definitely one of the problems with fibro.  Go back into the Fibro 101 thread and get the gentle stretching exercises.  Start doing those.  They will help you know and also help to strengthen those muscles.  You need to keep moving with fibro or you will be in more pain.  Also, you need to build up those muscles so they can do the work easily. 
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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitkat,

I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. I think Sherrine has a very good point. I hadn't worked for about nine years. I work a part time job now. It is quite demanding too. And some physical labor. So I know how hard it is. But as was stated above, keep moving and stretching.

Best wishes to you,

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   Posted 9/28/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitkat, Sorry you are hurting. You probably got a workout today, lots of bending, twisting
and lifting, plus being on your feet for an extended period of time. If you haven't already,
soak in a hot bath to relax your muscles and do some gentle stretching.

I also have fibro, MCTD and back problems. I'm sure you know when your back is bad, you have
to be extra careful when bending and lifting. I take some of the same meds you take, Savella
and Flexeril for fibro. I used to take plaquenil but now I am on Methotrexate for the MCTD.

You will probably be stiff and sore tomorrow and might want to soak in a hot bath again.
I have been using elastic bands and hand weights to try to strengthen my upper body.
Walking has been a good exercise for building muscle and relieving stress.
Hoping you feel better soon!

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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Dishwashers are a no-no in the hurting back world. I think you should avoid kitchen work if you an afford it.

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