I'm Andrew and I'm 46, married with 3 children (older) . I have had chronic back pain for over 20 years and last year was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I'm an ex trucker and am fearful of losing my driving license due to pain meds ect. Any tips to deal with Fibro pain greatfully excepted 😉
Hey Andrew, and welcome. Driving and pain meds don't mix well so I understand your concern. I'm 53 & married with 2 grown children, so were empty nesters. I do veloped fibromyalgia after a mass grew in my abdomen, which caused systemic inflammation and multiple corrective surgeries rolled into 1, followed by further complications. Before 2010 I dealt with just DDD & osteoarthritis pretty well while I worked 7 years; late start stay-home mom. I have major med & non med allergies so my treatment options are varied some. I do use Tramadol when its real bad at bedtime, but during the day I use Tylenol Arthritis for pain. I also have gabapentin but can only take at bedtime if I have appts because it makes me sleepy & dizzy. I use Voltaren gel and heat & cold rice packs (freeze or microwave...rice stuffed tube socks). I have a palm size massager from bed bath & beyond that's helps around my neck shoulders and scalp (headaches). A TENS unit is also great to wear all day. As for the fibro-fog or tiredness, I can't help with those. They're my biggest part of fibro to deal with. Sleeping is covered by antidepressant Pamelor (ok school but works great for me where newer drugs cause adverse reactions). Relaxation and massages are good too because more stress creates more pain. Also, a pain specialist is great, and a psychiatrist/psychologist for depression. Good luck finding a system of methods that work for you. I'll keep you in my prayers. 🙏🌼
I am not encouraging medication and driving but I am much safer on the roads medicated than not. Depending on how long someone has been on a medication will give that person an idea how they react to the medication. Any of us that wear a "pain medication patch" are technically driving under a medications influence. I do NOT know the laws for a commercial licensed driver. I personally have been on various pain medications since 1981. That being said my body has absolutely got a physical dependancy on those medications. I have good and bad days. On my few good days I have to pick up scripts, grocery shop ect. Stress adds to pain no doubt. Try to do anything that relaxes you. It can be as simple as biofeedback - focus on breathing really deep, exercise, walking, stretching, baths, massage, music, frequent breaks. You have to get out of the truck and stretch every chance you can. Try to eat healthy, accept what you can and cannot control. Much easier said than done. If you have not been to physical or occupational therapy ask your doctor for a recommendation. The therapists can help you with what may seem like a small tip but trust me it will help. I wish that all of us did not have to deal with this crap but we do. Dont give up we are all here to support each other .
Hereward68 I was diagnosed with Fibromyagia 4 years ago ,I also have Syringomyelia, and Osteoarthritis along with other health problems. I use a rice pack that I heat up. It works pretty good. It doesn't make the pain go away but it helps a lille bit with my pain meds. I will keep you in my prayers