Thanks so much for your reply. We have ruled out arthritis in my hands. Sometimes the pain is burning nerve pain; sometimes it's shooting sharp pains; almost always, there's an underlying ache. While everyone here swears by heat, I have found that my pain is worse when the overall temperature is warmer. I'm much more comfortable in cold. I know that this is partly due to the fact that chemotherapy pushed me into early menopause and I have constant "personal summers." I also think that it was the mastectomy that triggered the fibro. I sleep with the window
open and my DH is sleeping downstairs until the warmer weather comes. He's tried so hard to sleep with me but, even with the covers over his head, he says it's too cold. At the same time, I'm only using portions of the blanket to keep parts of my body from touching because it hurts so much.
I'm seeing all of my doctors on Monday and I'm going to look into Savella. I'm concerned about
taking Lyrica because of the potential weight gain. I'm already very overweight and don't need anything that could make that any worse. My mother got me a Wii for my birthday last month and I've been using that as much as possible (at least every other day.) I'm trying to exercise as much as possible and I think that's helped with the rest of the pain.
I have been reading posts on this forum since last July and I hope that I will be able to help others as much as I've been helped.
Thank you again for your kind response. It's so good to know that I'm not alone.
Breast Cancer Survivor (2005); Bipolar Disorder; Migraines; Fibromyalgia; Knee and Ankle Rheumatoid Arthritis