Posted 3/26/2015 9:22 AM (GMT -7)
Bunny, I had horrific back pain several years ago and raw nerve pain that ran down both groins and into my calves and had enormous difficulty walking...and needing two canes to do that. It was discovered I had ankylosing spondylitis and also sacroiliitis, along with my fibro. I was given ibuprofen with food and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin. The Robaxin made a significant difference in my pain...even my overall pain. I only take half of what was prescribed so I don't have side effects from it. This medication has been around for decades. I am walking fine again...no canes and no raw nerve pain either. You might ask about that.
There also is trigger point therapy you can do on yourself. What made me think of this for you is that you said you had a dull ache at the base of your skull. Feel your skull at the base and you just might find knots on each side of the bottom of your skull. If you do, try pressing on them. I bet they will be very tender. These are trigger points and I had them, too. You can press on each one as hard as you can stand it and then massage and repeat the process. Then give it a rest for several hours and repeat again. You should notice shortly that the knots are getting smaller and pretty soon they will be gone and that dull ache should be gone, too. Plus, you should be able to turn your head better.
There are trigger points for your arms, too. I fixed my frozen shoulder using this technique.
I bought a book called The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook on Amazon and it shows where to find the trigger points for the pain you are feeling. A lot is referred pain. For my shoulder, the trigger points were in my chest wall, top and behind my shoulder, and along my neck! I wouldn't have thought to look all those places to help my shoulder and arm. So this is a good investment and last time I checked it was under $20. It's saved me a lot of pain in the past few years.
Pain is exhausting. You hurt then you tense up....not even realizing it (I think that's where the muscle relaxer helps), and when you are doing this all day and half the night, you have expended a lot of energy. You're pooped!
By the way, I tried narcotics for my fibro and they didn't touch the pain at all. Also, the narcotics themselves can cause more pain if you've been on them a while, which it sounds like you have. So I think this is good what the pain doctors are doing. It definitely is worth a try.
Have you tried vitamin D3 and magnesium malate? These two supplements do help with fibro. There are links about these and how they work in the body in Fibro 101.
I will be praying that you do start to feel better and have less pain. I do care about you and really want you to feel better. I think it's possible because it's happened to me! Do try the trigger point therapy and ask about the muscle relaxer. These could help knock down some of the pain you are dealing with.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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