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   Posted 8/5/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Do any of you get hit all at once with serious pain in both arms, legs, hips, etc.? I was doing okay until yesterday, and all of a sudden I hurt pretty badly ALL OVER.

Usually my whole body pain is somewhat constant and I will only have one or two sites at a time that hurt really, really badly. Today, is different than what I'm used to, and it's kind of freaking me out. All of my limbs and my hips hurt really badly right now. It's hard to always know what is fibro and what may be caused by something else.

Thanks for your input.

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   Posted 8/5/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep! It can come on like a hammer blow from all directions. And the only thing that works, AND I tolerate, is regular tramadol, which takes an hour and a half to help.

Then some days, usually after the AM tramadol and a couple of cups of coffee, the pain can be not gone, but tolerable, without meds for the whole day. On bad days I really NEED a second pill at noon. I'm still trying to find something I can tolerate to help with sleep.

For me the fibro brings on mostly muscle pain. Arthritis in my spine and injuries bring on back, bone and joint pain.

It does make a difference what form a medication is in. I tolerate instant release (the usual kind) tramadol tablets with only tinnitus. The extended release gives me horrible headache and brings on serotonin syndrome if I take almost anything the same day even 10 hours later. I can't take most liquids because they usually have preservatives, but tablets are OK. Most just don't mix with tramadol.

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   Posted 8/5/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Did you really overdo it in some way recently? Sorry, that's the only thing I can think of. Sometimes it'll hit me like that if I do.

This too shall pass...

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   Posted 8/5/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Austen, yes, I do have that happen to me...especially if I haven't been good about taking my meds.  Also, heat and humidity do this to me and storms.  Summer is my worst time for fibro so this could be what is happening to you. 
I have to take more meds in the summer and keep things at bay.  Sometimes I don't feel like I need to take the medication OR I forget to take it and several hours later I feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck.  So, I'm usually really good at remembering my pain meds during the summer.
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   Posted 8/5/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of my flares involve all-over bone crushing feelings of pain that is quite intense.
Days like that include soaks in a hot bath, ashort walk, nuking bed buddies, lots of deep
breathing and meditation, gentle stretching ,eating chocolate and taking muscle relaxers
and flipping through the channels looking for some old movie to get my mind off the pain.
I have had bad flares that only involved my foreams or hips, but usually it is a allover

Austen, hoping your flare take a hike and you feel better soon!

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 8/5/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
So sorry you're hurting so badly! It seems to me that when I hurt all over, I have really overdone things. When I over-do, I really pay for it, and I have to really be good to myself, as the others can attest to. I especially like Crazykitty's suggestion for eating chocolate idea !! But seriously, be gentle with yourself, and take your meds like Sherrine suggested. I'm not a know it all by any means, I learn things from the kind people here every day. Hope this helps you. Hugs.
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   Posted 8/5/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I honestly haven't figured out how to deal with the all over pain.  It seems with me that the meds like gabapentin, cymbalta and savella have caused me more pain than any thing else.  I still haven't figured out a schedule for meds.  I am afraid of anything with acetaminophen due to having hep c (cleared 3 years ago).  good luck in figuring out your meds
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   Posted 8/5/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep... me too.. my symptoms are horrible fatigue and all over body aches and horrible bone pain in my joints and oh, let's not forget the back. It all pretty much just sucks. It's leveled out with medication to a semi-tollerable level as long as I'm drugged up. Sometimes the pain comes on like a semi truck. Yesterday and today I feel like I've been run over and they backed up and ran over me several more times. Lot's of hot baths, showers and yes the more chocolate the better even though my doctor says to leave the chocolate alone. I swear it helps. When I overdo I'm out for the next 3-5 days until I can regain some strength. Stress also brings on the pain with gusto.

Hope you are feeling better. I'm on my way back to the shower...again
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   Posted 8/5/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Austen, just wanted you to know that I am sorry you are in pain. You have gotten great advice from the others so I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers and yes there have been days I have felt like I was run over by a semi going 90 miles an hour, but at least it hasnt been every day.
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   Posted 8/5/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry this is happening, Austen. :(

I used to get more all over pain - and it used to scare me big time. That lifted over the years as I figured out various things that help me. However, just last week when dealing with this virus that nailed me, I did get instant pain all over that was horrendous, like the old days, and it was turned on like flipping a light switch, plus a headache (not my normal migraines). The pain felt like it was both in muscles (mostly the bigger ones) and also in the joints. Not sure if that virus triggered the fibro - or what.

If this isn't normal for what you usually experience, I guess I'd wait a day, or two, and if it is still there then check it out with your doctor, just to be on the safe side.

*hugs* Hope you're better very soon.
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   Posted 8/6/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for all of the insight and well wishes. I'm still hurting pretty badly, but I don't think it is quite as severe as it was last night.

I'm used to having all over pain all of the time with severe pain in just one or two places at a time. Yesterday, I was hit with severe "bone crushing pain" (you described it well, crazykitty) that was all over my entire body. I don't know that I've ever had that much pain so widespread before.

I used to wonder why so many people on this board take strong pain killers for fibro (not judging by any means, just curious). Now I know and understand fully. Last night I would have taken a morphine drip had it been available. shocked I'm not a stranger to severe pain. I've passed 30+ kidney stones, but last night was pretty bad.

ChickenPrincess, I will take your advice and see my doc if it doesn't lessen some over the next couple of days.

Hugs - Austen
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   Posted 8/6/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Fortunately I've had very few flares. On the flip side I've had very few days that are "good". There are days when I feel too tired to sit up. Also I get lots of pain in my legs, top to bottom. I've tried every narcotic pain reliever, including oxycontin, (went through the NSAIDS years ago) and nothing helps my pain. I take lyrica because it helps me sleep. But there is nothing that will touch the pain.
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Austin, this is why I have Vicodin in my medicine cabinet.  I've never taken it because I've been able to tough out these episodes but, just in case, knowing the Vicodin is there gives me peace of mind and keeps me from anxiety, too.
I'm glad to hear you are a little better.  Tomorrow you might be back to your "old" self!
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   Posted 8/6/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have just had some really bad days with strange pains as well. It is winter here so I can't blame anything on it as it is not even really cold[for us] this winter.
Minw started as I was cooking a meal. It hit my hips I could not move and from there it spread through my body. The next day while shopping for food it was like I was having contractions the pain had me doubled over. Not a nice look while in the middle of a busy supermarket, I can tell you I was getting some very strange looks. My Doctor was concerned and wanted to give me handfuls of different meds. I said no the 5 I was walking out with was enough.
I never want that type of pain again.
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