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Mar 28, 2015 6:55 PM

I have fibromyalgia myofascial pain syndrome and a whole lot of other things. What to do when you're in pain from head to toe and can't take anymore meds because you've already taken over the prescribed amount plus over the counter meds?

Mar 28, 2015 8:02 PM

Pumkin85, I'm sorry you are in such agony. I deal with MANY autoimmune diseases myself. I've got degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, cervical spondalytic myelopathy, thoracic scoliosis, spinal Spondylosis, moderate lordosis, Costochronditis, TMJ, GERD, Grave's Disease, etc.. (There's more, I just can't remember them all... LOL). Anyway for the past 22 years I've suffered pain 24/7/365 with no break. It's debilitating and depressing. It causes such anxiety and depression and sometimes, when you can't escape at least some of the pain, you don't know what to do. A few suggestions for you that sometimes work for me are as follows:
1) listen to a sound machine... The ocean, a gentle rain, a babbling brook, etc..
2) listen to quiet music, soft and relaxing, something that soothes your mind
3) breathe... Concentrate on correct breathing (abdominal breathing) and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you do this, with each exhale, relax the muscles from your neck all the way down to your feet and push the stresses out through the bottom of your feet. By the time you've done that, you may either be in a very calm relaxed place or even falling asleep.
I hope that this has been helpful to you. I wish you a more peaceful day/evening and a good night's sleep. I'll say a prayer that you find some relief. All the best and good luck to you. 🌻🙏🌺

Mar 28, 2015 8:20 PM

Various things I do that may or may not help on a given day:
- soak in hot bath with Epsom salt
- lay on accupressure mat
- yoga
- mental distraction
- heat or ice (or both)
- TENS unit
- arnica gel and analgesic essential oils.

Mar 28, 2015 8:23 PM

Those are things I do at home. I also do chiropractic, accupuncture and massages.

Mar 28, 2015 8:49 PM

I second Aliya! Warm bath with bath salts and a nice scented candle. Maybe some melatonin and try to sleep. Favorite movie for distraction and soak.

Mar 28, 2015 8:53 PM

Pumpkin85, I'm sorry you're having a rough time. Is the amount of pain worse than normal? If so, you may be having a flare up. My pain waxes and wanes with severe flares in between. Like AlwayZ I have many different issues that affect each other. Because I also have abnormal med allergies & sensitivity, I've had to use alternate methods of pain relief. I do the deep breathing relaxation and soft relaxing music & TENS unit, Voltaren gel, muscle relaxers. They just started me on gabapentin two months ago, but because of my sensitivity I can't take as high a dose as normal. I would say staying as relaxed as possible and trying not to get stressed has helped most. If I get stressed the pain more than doubles. A good pillow and bed mattress are very important too. I hope you can relax enough to rest tonight. But I'd suggest calling your doc Monday and let them know your meds aren't enough. If you don't have one, a pain specialist is great too. Mine does ESI blocks and trigger point injections. Good luck & I'll be praying for you. 😏🙏🌼

Mar 28, 2015 11:39 PM

Pumkin85 I am sorry that you are having to go thru this. Like Alwayz and Flappsy said deep breathing in thru the nose and blow out slowly concentrate on it and you will slowly start to relax.I would call my Dr on Monday and tell him your pain is out of control,and maybe he will get you and adjust your meds. Will be praying for you.

Mar 30, 2015 1:16 AM

I want to thank everyone for their advice. And prayers. To FlappysLady81, yes the pain is way worse than normal. I'm having several kinds of pain at once there's burning pain in my legs, pin and needle pain in my fingers and toes, throbbing and pulsing pain from my head to back and aching in my chest and arms. EVERYTHING is painful to do even laying down. I've taken my meds both prescribed and over the counter and I also use a tens unit none seems to help. I'm both physically and mentally in pain. I'm on Cymbalta for depression and even that seems to not help. I'm tired of going to the doctor's because although they give different meds, they seem to stop working after a few weeks .

Mar 31, 2015 1:20 PM

Pumkin, Oddly enough, I was on cymbalta for 3 months, during which my pain improved. The next 5-6 months my pain grew worse and I started having worsening depression to the point of wishing I could die. A doctor took me off. After doing research I found out I'd been having adverse reactions. Everyone's not the same but check into it, just be sure you aren't doing the same.

Mar 31, 2015 5:00 PM

Thanks FlappysLady81 I will surely discuss that with my psych. I was thinking maybe I just need a higher dose because I explained that to her before in February and she prescribed a higher dose (60mg). Thanks for the advice I will see if she will change it all together.

Mar 31, 2015 6:40 PM

Try magnesium and as you said ask for a higher dose. It would also be good for you to take Vitamin D, Calcium and vitamin K (if you'd like to try bit , say as... as well as Magnesium I have also been researching vitamin k, Calcium and vitamin D

Mar 31, 2015 6:41 PM

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