Can pain lessen and then come back?

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   Posted 6/30/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know too much about this illness. Yes, I read the info provided here and I appreciate it but can't remember it all. Um....I had this backache for weeks and yesterday it seemed to be almost gone. Today it feels like it's coming back full force. I've taken Aleve and may need to lay down on and off today with my heating pad. I'm discouraged as I thought once the pain was gone it would be gone. I just took another Aleve and put on an over the counter pain patch. I'm frustrated but trying to keep a postive attitude.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  In answer to your question....yes.  Pain comes and goes with fibro.  Fibro is a chronic pain illness and we will go into flares where the pain is worse than other times.  Laying down actually can make things least it does for me.  I stiffen up and have more pain.  I do stretching exercises and gentle exercise like walking.  These help me a lot, along with ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, and some supplements.  So you are not alone!
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   Posted 6/30/2010 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, sitting in my recliner helps my pain go down. If I start walking around or trying to stretch while in pain, it makes it all the worse for me. I'm not saying to sit all day long or anything - but take enough breaks in your day so as to rest your body. I have fatigue trouble too, so I do need my relaxation time.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blesswith3Boys,

I'm sorry about your pain. I too have fibro and other illnesses. Yes, pain with fibro - or just garden variety back pain without fibro - can come and go.

You said you've had this pain for weeks, have you seen a doctor to make sure of what is causing the pain?

Sometimes just taking pills to reduce inflammation, or reduce pain might not fix the underlying cause for the problem. If it is caused by weak muscles, or a bulging disk, you need more than the pills to help your body heal it. A lot of times a doctor will give you a list of safe stretches, that are yoga type exercises. They may look too simple to work, but they're very effective if a person does them as prescribed. Typically only a few repetitions 3x a day - then building up over weeks to more repetitions until the back is strong enough to support itself and not create pain anymore. There are great books out there that show even more of these sorts of exercises, all safe yoga based exercises, that can be a real salvation. I have suffered with back injury due to accidents, and back pain for many years before I realized the power of simple cures like this.

But first, talk to your doctor and find out what is behind the pain. It is safest to start the exercises only after a doc declares you fit to do them.

Some other suggestions:
Sitting is very hard on the back. If you have to sit for periods of time (driving, working, whatever) get up every 30 minutes and gently stretch. Walk around. Then sit again if you have to. A physical therapist taught me this.
If you can, try laying flat on your stomach for a few minutes at a time. If it is comfortable to do so, extend the amount of time you do this each day. If you can lay flat for long periods of time on your stomach, eventually prop yourself up on your elbows just a little bit from this position. It helps strengthen the back muscles. But start with only laying flat - you're in pain - and don't need to prop up yet.
Laying flat on your back - try doing some very gentle, slow "crunches" with the muscles in your butt. Just a few at a time - very slowly. Breathe very deeply. This can help relax the back muscles and also build strength.

Hope you feel better real soon!

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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I haven't been to a doctor yet except to get the lab slip to check for Lyme Disease. I do not have insurance. I may have to go if this keeps up.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
If you do have fibro, and if it's anything like mine, one of the most frustrating things IS the pain that moves around, comes back, and you usually never do know why. That's why a diagnosis is so important. I used to think, "Oh, no! What's wrong with me now? My heart, lungs, knees, blood lots in my legs?" Now, I just think, "Oh, great. I'd better back off for awhile!"
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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Blesswith3Boys - For many years I didn't have any health insurance - and I went a few times to a free clinic offered one night a week at the local hospital. It was only open certain hours - after the hospital staff was done with their other jobs for the day. Call your local hospital and ask if they have, or know of, a free clinic. This one was run by a nurse practitioner - and they had one or two doctors on staff. They weren't too bad. You could make an appointment - but you would still need to wait quite a while once you arrived. It is free if your income is low enough, but I think if you have a higher income they would like a donation when you visit. Anyway - see someone and help put your mind at rest. Then you can better get on with healing when you know what's really up.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi blessed just thought I would let you know that fibro does have good days and bad ones. and yes you can think it is going away only to have it come back again. Another thing with fibro is that it can move around. You get used to it being in one place and then it can hit a totally different part of your body.
Like others have said though you really do need to get this checked out by a doctor in case it is something other than fibro, and for your own peace of mind.
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it can. And you will get to know your body so you know what works best for you when the pain does come back. I have 4 other things besides fibro. Sometimes I must lie down to alleviate the pain and sometimes I must get up and move. Sometimes ice helps, sometimes heat helps and sometimes stretching helps. If you have a migraine, caffeine will constrict the blood vessels and that helps you feel better. Deep breathing is good, too. Might sound odd, but it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of the nervous system that calms.

Hope you feel better soon.
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