Posted 7/5/2012 2:12 PM (GMT -7)
Hi there....welcome to the boards...I'm sorry to hear about your issues..
It sounds like you have the nerve pain controlled with the Lyrica and it's the fatigue that is causing the most problems right now? Do I have that right?
Some of the best ways I found to combat the pain were a few things...
First was getting a good night's sleep. For me, I was put on Ambien after my last cervical fusion, and it was literally like becoming a new person after getting to stage 4 sleep!...I still wake every hour to change positions but I fall back asleep quickly. There are many natural ways and/or herbs to get a good night's sleep so medication was my last resort. I also make sure my room is nice and cool. I turn off my computer, phone, and TV an hour before bed and turn off all the lights and I "listen" to books I have downloaded online. This really helps me fall asleep being read a bedtime story!..LOL
The second thing was switching to eating all Organic foods. I'm not a vegan or vegetarian...just everything in moderation. But eliminating all processed and artificial foods has made a huge difference. My energy levels are great!...
Many people think it's too expensive but most all grocery store chains have their own version of all natural and Organic food so with using coupons...my store points card, and being careful about how I eat...I spend the exact same amount of money as I did previously and have all the wonderful health benefits to boot!...Snacking on an apple and tablespoon of peanut butter, or organic chips with natural cheese...etc...Is so much better than junk food of a processed candy bar or soda which is just drinking chemicals...blechhh...
I also stay very hydrated all day long with water and if I need a bit of a boost in the afternoon I drink green tea. It's a lower level of caffeine but with antioxidants..
And then the last part is getting daily exercise for at least 45 minutes a day. Along with yoga/stretching....Exercise is so important with those with Fibro for both the energy level and staying limber...
Many of us have more than just Fibro going on as you do but I have to say that with the things I have mentioned....I really only use a muscle relaxer once in awhile to help with Fibro pain but I would consider myself mostly symptom free!
So...hopefully you can use some of these things to help with your fatigue level..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006