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   Posted 11/18/2016 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
This is how it all began:
April 2013, I witnessed seeing my mother die after a prolonged illness. After this, I developed a frozen shoulder on the left side and five months later, on the right as well. I was in therapy and to this day, I still do some to feel more mobile in my arms. At some point, my upper back on the left side felt numb (only way I know to explain it) and sort of went on the right though not as severe. It has impacted how I sit in a chair. It is highly uncomfortable to my upper back and neck to lean back in some chairs. Because of this, it also impacted the exercises I did i.e. stomach crunches and any form of exercise required to get on the floor. Now, my hips and knees are having issues. I cannot bend to do a pedicure and picking things up off the floor is a major discomfort. I do have some arthritis in my knees and hips but this is to the point it affects getting down in low seating, cars (car riding is awful for long distances), etc… In the mornings I have to walk awhile to get the aches out. Also, for no apparent reason, my feet have begun to ache and finding shoes to wear is a challenge. In the midst of all this, my neck has tightened up to the point I don’t dare drive on interstate. I went to neck therapy as well as hip and knee. Just the other day, my husband and I went on a picnic to a close state park. Oh, my gosh, the ride, sitting on the bench (I did take a cushion.), you would have thought I had lifted a gazillion pounds. By the time we got home, I felt so achy like I had the flu. I have more headaches than ever, my stomach feels upset all the time, and the stress of how to cope with this is getting to me. It affects every single little thing I do. My dr. did eons of blood work and all were good. He has put me on Gabapentin and this seems to be relieving the neck area but the hip issue is still not good. Has anyone gone to pain management? If so, what is done? My dr. mentioned narcotics would be suggested. I hate to say this, but I don’t know if I agree with this. To me, it would be to help you deal with the chronic pain and maybe other meds to assist. Not just narcotics! Sleeping, bending down, being able to tie shoes without having to get on the floor are all things I deeply stress about along with the nerve pain in the upper back. When we go out to eat, I immediately pray the seats have cushions and are not too low and have comfortable backs. Does anyone worry about these things? Does anyone have groin or urinary issues? Does anyone have trouble with having full range of motion in arms or being able to bend down like to pick up things or give yourself a pedicure? I’m so new to this and have always been self sufficient, able to move, do things by myself and this has me completely down. I am going through menopause and don’t know if this has anything to do with it at all. I feel like crying typing this because I don’t know what to do. I feel like a prisoner in my own body. I read where people with fibromyalgia can go awhile without pain. How do they do it? I’ve been dealing with pain for 3 years. I’ve seen another orthopedic dr. and he said he thinks my frozen shoulder was misdiagnosed. It could’ve been fibromyalgia all along. When I get through with my therapy, I do feel better. It is the mornings that are dreadful. I have had a physical and all is normal and weight is good…for now anyway! Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 11/18/2016 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you had xrays to see if your arthritis has gotten worse?

My arthritis has worsen recently and I experience the same issues.
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   Posted 11/18/2016 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had recent x-rays. Thanks for the suggestion.

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   Posted 11/19/2016 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
First of all, I'm sorry you had to see your mother die. I went through nearly the same thing but my mother hung on until I walked out the door of her hospital room to head home for the night. I was staying at the hospital by her bedside for eight hours a day. You are a wonderful daughter and she knew that right up until she "left". You blessed her greatly.

I had a frozen shoulder that I fixed by using trigger point therapy. I bought The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook from Amazon and it shows diagrams as to where to find the trigger points that are causing you pain. They feel like knots and are quite tender. If you find these, my massage therapist told me to press as hard as I could on the muscle knot and then massage. Repeat this and move to the next knot. Repeat the above several times a day.

The knots for my frozen shoulder were found from my sternum to my shoulder. There also were knots at the top of my shoulder and right over my shoulder. Lastly there were knots in my neck that ran on the same side as my frozen shoulder. All I f these knots were affecting my shoulder!

I couldn't raise my arm to shave, couldn't put my arm behind my back, and if I reached for something with that arm, the pain was so great that I thought I'd pass out. Now I have no pain and total mobility of my arm.

I have used this technique for side, neck, and back pain. If the knots are in my back I use a tennis ball against a wall to push on the spot and "massage" the area. I used to have a lot of next pain and found two huge knots, the size of marbles, at the base of my skull on each side of my spinal column. I massaged this out over time and now have no knots or neck pain.

I personally wouldn't try narcotics. i use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3 and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin that has made a significant difference in my pain. There are other muscle relaxers out there but I knew Robaxin didn't give me a lot of side effects plus I take a minimal amount...just enough to help relax the tight muscles. There are links in Fibro 101 about vitamin D3 and magnesium malate and how these work in the body to help with pain also.

Do deep breathing exercises to try to relax and keep a positive outlook. Worrying only tenses us up more and causes more pain. Take one day at a time and you just might find you are feeling better! Do things you enjoy and don't think about how you are feeling. I focus on other things and the pain fades somewhat in the background. There is a good link in Fibro 101 about how to maintain a positive attitude when you have chronic pain. I've read that many times.

I'm glad to see you are walking, too! That is a wonderful gentle exercise for fibromites and I walk daily. I feel better after the walk plus I have more energy, too!

I know this sounds like a lot to do but this really isn't time consuming. I do the trigger point therapy, when needed, while watching TV. I do hope you start to feel better. I've had fibro for 28 years and have lived a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness!


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   Posted 11/22/2016 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your kind and uplifting message. It means so very much. I am currently taking muscle relaxers but like you, don't like taking a lot of meds. It seems I've taken Advil forever, and I fear getting an ulcer. I try to take just half and it seems to help to get through the stretches and exercises. I do walk but mostly do the elliptical. I am confused as to how does a person know if it is arthritis flaring or fibromyalgia? I am considering going to my hip dr. for an injection. I am terrified of getting one in my hip. I've had 2 one in each shoulder, and it didn't hurt at all. Do you know much about hip injections? I've heard of those where the machine guides the needle. He would not be doing that procedure...just an injection. Again, thank you for taking the time to answer my message. Bending down to pick up stuff or do a pedicure is a nightmare along with dressing at times. Someone mentioned "it is like war!" So true. Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday.

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   Posted 11/30/2016 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Have u tried Espon Salts.
I was getting frozen shoulders and now I rub espon salts. On my shoulders and neck at night after shower and no longer have that problem, when I don't it comes back. Plus I use the espon salts after activity such as getting wet clothes out of washer.

I first became a believer in Espon Salts after I had a bad fall. I fell outside on the cement sidewalk. I hit so hard I don't remember the actual fall.
My knee swelled with a bump that night that just kept getting bigger like a cartoon. I used Espon Salts and the swelling stopped and by morning it was Completely Gone. Red but no bump at all.

Then with my shoulders got them back to working.
If i forget in the shower i just rub some on without even using water and it still works well, tho it doesn't stick on like when wet.

My shoulders r caused by inflammatiin which any little activity can increase badly, esp anything that requires any strengh/lifting.

I drink black cherry daily which for me is a big help with my arthritis.

I'm new here too and looking for natural remedies that can help since i have become very limited in my abilities since my legs, ankles and feet joined in a major way 4 yrs ago which started causing bad falls which of course made everything worse.

I feel for ur frustration.

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   Posted 11/30/2016 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not tried Epson Salts but surely will. I am willing to do anything! I am sorry you are in pain. I would not wish this on anyone! It seems to be day in and day out just all the time. Once one flare gets better, it lands in another spot! This week it has been on the inside of my leg and right under my bottom cheek. I do stretches etc...I have not taken any Advil in 2 days. I just cannot keep taking that stuff. Thank you for your reply and I hope you get better.
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