Hi. I was hoping I can get some feedback about something. I was diagnosed with fibro 16 years ago. They ruled out the usual Lyme, Lupus, rheumatic arthritis, etc and came up w/fibro. I had 1 doctor get a little more in detail and said it was actually Myofacial Pain Syndrome. I took Lyrica for awhile which did help limit the flare ups. Does anyone know if there are any other methods of pain relief different from pain relief for fibro?
Faerygrl, I've had fibromyalgia since 2008-2009. This year I was diagnosed with Sjogrens and hypothyroidism, both which shares common symptoms with fibro. I do have the trigger points and I worked until 2010, when I left my job for unrelated surgery. My health tumbled and new diagnosed issues keep coming.
Because of so many med allergies I can't take strong passion relievers. Originally I only had Tramadol, but last year was given gabapentin. I'm on hold with that med due to undiagnosed tremors. Recently, after the sjogrens diagnosis (lip biopsies due to constant oral ready), I was started on Plaquenil I'm also deficient in vitamins D & B's, which can contribute to pain, so I'm on supplements. When I can I try to do stretches and walk, because last year when I was exercising 30-60 minutes daily I felt much better. I'm having lots of varying issues preventing too long or too strenuous exercise. 🙏🌼
I take Topamax for nerve pain because it also helps with migraine prevention and pelvic pain, but I found increasing my dose a bit when I got my official fibro diagnosis helped with the leg and foot pain I was having and some of the arm and rib pain. I also take a Vitamin B complex supplement because I was extremely low on my B vitamins and they were considering doing B12 injections. It does make a difference for me. I second the antimflammitory foods and spices like tumeric, cherries, lavender/sage/citrus tea (Teavana makes an amazing one that wicks away pain, I HATE tea but will drink this by the gallon). I swear by lavender Epsom salt baths before bed. My boyfriend has to assist me in and out of the tub sometimes but it is worth it. Also couldn't live without my TENS machine. Best investment I've made in home health products. I can place the pads on my trigger points and blast them with electric signals. Love it! Hope you can find some things that work for you. Gentle hugs.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I do take vitamin d now cause I was low and I do have hypothyroidism for which I take meds. I am also diabetic and have to take several meds to keep my kidneys in good shape that's why I'm looking for other methods. I will try the tea, so thanks so much for that. I'm a coffee drinker, but I also love tea, so now I have an excuse to drink it more! 😀
Teavana is a tea store that is now owned by Starbucks, some of their most popular teas are available at Starbucks the others you have to get at a Teavana store usually found in Malls, etc... the lavender citrus sage tea is sold by the ounce as a loose tea in the Teavana store. My boyfriend works for Starbucks so I get a discount at both. Free tea from the Starbucks locations, % Off at Teavana.