does 'new' pain trigger 'old pain' for you?

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   Posted 1/15/2010 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
my rheumatologist told me once that people with FM will experience increased 'all over' pain if they are injured or have other significant specific pain.  For example, when I broke my foot a couple of years ago, I hurt EVERYWHERE ... it was one of my first really bad flares and I couldn't figure out why I was feeling like ALL of my bones were broken instead of just the ones in my foot. 
I had been feeling a little better over the past couple of days ... like this last flare was letting go a little ... but this morning I woke up with a building migraine and now my knees, neck, legs, hips, shoulders ... all hurt too. 
I can't take migraine meds anymore ... they give me symptoms of MS ... so it looks like i get to live with a 4 day headache again.  I sure am hoping that it's ONLY a migraine and not a case of the belly bug that is wiping out all the kids at the daycare center where i work.  ewww ........

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   Posted 1/15/2010 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Short Answer; definitely. New pain is new stress. Especially for those of us who tend to Flare in response to stress. I cut my finger Wednesday, requiring 6 stitches. Pain all over my body, now. Now really, "in bed for a cut finger?" Yes really, that's where I have been since Wednesday. Plan to stay in today also. Hurt like dickens, all over and throbbing reminder on right hand doesn't help matters, not one bit.

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   Posted 1/15/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
owie! sorry to hear that. 6 stitches sounds traumatic even if you didn't have FM!!!! ick ... makes me weak behind the knees!

hope you're feeling better soon.

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   Posted 1/15/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there anything that works to stop "new pain" from triggering "old pain" before it becomes a raging flare?

I was in a bad wreck in June, had surgery in October to pull my stomach back down out of my chest. That triggered a flare, but the story gets worse. My seatbelt gave me 3 broken ribs which have not healed and are now "rolling ribs." Every time I roll from back to front (trying to do my fibro exercises and stretches) I get a pain, have to hold my side just to get turned over. I seem to have a continuing flare, most days, most of the time. I've had to stop the Neurontin temporarily to see if that's what's causing me to gain weight, and I had to cut down to a half a tramadol because it was starting to cause clonic spasms in my legs. NSAIDS and Tylenol don't do much. I was on Vicodin post-op, but stopped instead of increasing the dose when it stopped working. I feel better on days when I can exercise and stretch, but that's not every day! (I have some spine problems, have a torn cartilege in my knee from the wreck.)

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   Posted 1/15/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Alice,
Three rolling ribs, that is painful.  I don't know how you continue to do all your exercises and everything, though I know that there isn't anything that they can do for broken ribs, could you wrap them or something when you are exercising? 
I too think that the new pain can cause the old pain to flare up.  I hurt my foot once and was favoring it, and all of my muscles seemed to go off kilter because of that, but even worse, it was a flare.
I hope that you feel better soon.  This is late so I will say that I hope that you have a good night and a great day tomorrow.
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   Posted 1/16/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen may have a point, when we injure a part of our bodies and can't use it or it hurts to use it we are changing the way we walk and carry ourselves which throws all the other muscles off in our bodies. Even after an adominal surgery we walk differently for awhile.
Get better.
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   Posted 1/16/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all=
I see my pain doc next week for last depo injection allowed. (Some docs stick to the 3 injection rule, some don't.) He said once before that he could do a nerve block for the ribs. Maybe I'll forgo the sciatic block and get the ribs done instead. With fibro flaring so often since my wreck and surgery, I just wish I could get my whole body blocked!

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