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Nov 05, 2014 2:51 AM

Lying here in bed in awful pain, feeling like I am on the verge of a full blown anxiety attack from the pain. I even took a ativan which has always been my last resort. It obviously didn't help. Apparently the pain is getting worse with time. Is this anyone else's experience with fibro? I was diagnosed 5 months ago but it all started 2+ years ago. What's the best thingi can do/get for pain. My worse times are in the middle of the night.

Nov 05, 2014 7:19 AM

are you on any type of sleeping med blessed? I take ambien which helps me fall asleep at least...

Nov 05, 2014 6:37 PM

I take melatonin, but apparently it is not helping. I am trying desperately to stay off Rx drugs. I guess everyone tries but time will tell how long I can hold out. My brain is already in a fog. Rx drugs make me even worse. Glad you found ambien works for you!

Nov 05, 2014 7:03 PM

Rx drugs sometimes really help. Fibro is evil. I take and do whatever I can to live. I take Cymbalta and Gabapentin for nerve pain. I take Mobic for an anti-inflammatory. I take vicodin for when I'm in tears or to make it through a work day. I don't like it but I also don't deserve to suffer. I have two children I have to take care of financially and emotionally. I take xanax when I can't sleep. My dr. Is very conservative but, glad I take care too. I use a tens machine and every roll on or patch for pain you can imagine. You deserve to go on in life. Make sure you have a Dr. Who keeps an eye on your meds and makes sure your not going the wrong way with them. You deserve to get out of bed when you can. I'm having a very painful week!!! Glad I have relief! I know your worries but.......you have to enjoy life.........!

Nov 05, 2014 7:13 PM

OMG, so sorry just realized you had an addiction before. I understand your concern with meds. There are so many that aren't addictive though like the Cymbalta and Gabapentin. Also the Mobic is not. You may find a lot of relief from those alone. I have a very close family member who has ruined their life and their children's from addiction. I don't take it lightly. I have great respect for those who over come it!!

Nov 05, 2014 8:28 PM

i was going to suggest melatonin. try 10mg instead of 5

Nov 05, 2014 8:31 PM

drink tea, idk why but ramen makes me sleepy. however I am a college student so ramen sounds great and not gross

Nov 05, 2014 8:49 PM

Cspinelli, thanks for the reply. And for noticing that I can't take pain meds...loved them way to much for many years before they almost took my life. Thankfully after many attempts and 3/rehabs I am good! Only by the grace of God. I am dreading going to bed tonight because the nights are long and extremely painful...sharp,shooting pain. But on the bright side my days are better!

Nov 06, 2014 7:44 AM

Good for you! Wish my brother could. It's been so hard to watch. It's part of the reason I have fibro. That and many other emotional traumas in my life. I've learned to try to take one day at a time. I've learned to pick my battles and make sure things matter enough to stress over. It's hard but if we could all live by the serenity prayer.

Nov 06, 2014 7:47 AM

Oh also tryptophan is great for sleep. The chemical you get from turkey. You can get it in pill form. One of my clients is actually using lavender in an infuser at night. She said she can't believe the difference. Also many other things that essential oils are great for. You can actually get a book that gives you recipes for different oils to mix together for different ailments. Hope that helps some.

Nov 06, 2014 9:22 AM

Thank you so much! Its so nice to hear from caring people. I will definitely look into the tryptophan in pill form. I feel like I've tried everything but you just never know when you might find something that helps. I am so sorry your brother suffers with his addiction. It is extremely hard to come off those things. Not only mentally addictive but extreme physical addiction. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But it can be done. But depending how long he's been on them he will need professional help to help with the withdrawals. They give you meds for that. Once you are no longer physically addicted then its a lifelong mental battle. But it is so worth it! Your brother will be in my heart. You too.
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Nov 06, 2014 10:12 PM

Thank you so much!

Nov 18, 2014 2:44 AM

Benadryl is. a great sleep aid in emergencies, but it is habit formng

Aug 11, 2015 8:02 PM

Yes have to be up at 3am body hurt

Aug 12, 2015 1:47 AM

Try biofeedback. Lay down. Picture the most calming picture in your mind. For me, it would be being on a beach looking at the ocean and it's waves. Watching dolphins from a distance. Make your own picture. You start taking deep breathes inhale, exhale. imaging your feet getting warmer. They will start to get warm. Your brain will make them feel warm. When that happens, Tell your brain to move up your knee or just let your mind tell your brain to move up to the knee. This truly works. It is not hypnosis. It is scientifiically sound. Our brain controls our body. We can command it to do things. We wnat to warm our body gradually to get sleep, so after the knews, to the top of the legs, to hte belly button, to the breast, neck, warm up the arms. your body should feel so warm all over that your body should be like numb. asleep but awake. you may even be asleep by now. If not now warm your head and put all the sounds out of it. tell to focus on one thing like your heart beat or something so you can't be distracted by anything else. This should help.

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