I'm back from my first Pain Clinic visit

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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it possible all her poking ang prodding has made me flare more?  I went into her office with a pain level of about a 4.  I'm now at an 8 or 9!  OUCH!  My arm is on fire and I can barely move it and my hip feels like it's broken.cry   Plus all my trigger points are firing like crazy.
Since I have so much pain everywhere, she wants to concentrate on one certain area at a time, starting at my upper torso and up.  I have to have an MRI because she believes I may have a rotator cuff injury along with the Fibro.  Just great.
Because of my heart failure she can't prescribe alot of the conventional meds.  So, she has started me on really low doses of Voltaren Gel, Skelaxin and Nuvigil.  Anyone know anything about these?
I'm exhausted from all this.  I think I'm going to go to bed.

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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I'm sorry! I know poking and prodding can make me flare more. Ouch is right.
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   Posted 4/6/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
lostnomad, I am sorry you are flaring. Yes, all that added poking certainly helped aggragravate
those muscles. You're stress level could of been up some too. I think your doctor is doing a
thorough job, having the MRI will help determine what is going on.

I hope you are able to find pain relief soon. Get some rest and maybe later take a long soak
in a hot bath and get some gentle stretching in. You don't want to tighten up and get stiff.

Take Care, sending a gentle hug! Hope your new meds kick in soon!!!
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   Posted 4/6/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry that you are hurting even more!  I don't like people touching me...unless it is my massage therapist.  She knows just how much she can do without causing me more pain.  Actually, I usually feel much better after her gentle massage.
Use moist heat and still do stretching exercises...gentle ones like the ones in Fibro 101.  You don't want the muscles to seize up on you.  I hope you feel better in a hurry!
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
i just started to use voltaren. its pretty good, helps a bit. it might help more if i put it on in the morning, but i put it on before bed, since it smells so bad, and its easier to still and not use my hands at night (i mainly use the gel on my hands), than in the morning , when i have so much to do.

i used it on my ankles the other day, and it was easier to stand.

so far no side effects with this one

good luck with everything

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