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Aug 13, 2016 8:16 AM

Hi
I'm new to this. My Fibro is acting up along with my sciatica. I don't have meds to take. I also have Raynauds. I'm open to suggestions for all but especially the sciatica because that's what's bothering me today.

Aug 13, 2016 8:42 AM

Hi Lois... ๐Ÿ‘ญwelcome to the community hunni ๐ŸŒท
There are lotsof idea floating about on everal different threads... if u go to the discussion page... there is a "magnifyer searchy thing" where u can search on diff words to gain insight (or madness) on what u r searching for... ๐Ÿ“†above all do the pain diary every day... and in a few ๐Ÿ“…weeks u will have a printable graph ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“‰and diagram๐Ÿ“Š of what u r experiencing to show ur doctor ๐Ÿค— its a great tool to help quantify ur pain levels... they secretly like paper! So a print out is alwas a bonus sweetie ๐Ÿด
Hope ur daygets better... so glad u made it here x

Aug 13, 2016 8:58 PM

Welcome to our community family Lois0449! I have sciatica & fibro, and suspected Raynaud's well (hands never change color in presence of docs). I wear gloves that have finger tips cut out, like crafter's gloves, and it helps when my hands are aching from cold or OA or sjogrens. I'm allergic to most pain & psych meds, have real bad reactions. So I only use my tramadol rx when pain is 8+. I've had fibro since 2007 but wasn't dx until 2012. I'm on a very low dose of gabapentin for hands & feet neuropathies, but it may be helping my sciatica because it's lessened in intensity since started taking gabapentin. I take muscle relaxers for severe cramps in my back or calves, but have found I need it less since taking magnesium supplements, which helps muscles. I do gentle stretches daily, and try to walk slowly in the treadmill for exercise, which is helpful to fibro. Good shoes are a must for the feet back & fibro. My doc gave me Voltaren gel rx which I rub into the sacral area, and it's helpful. But I had surgery last Monday and couldn't use the voltaren so had to use bengay instead. It's not as good as the voltaren. Relaxation is really important because stress will cause the pain to be worse. I use deep breathing, visualization of being elsewhere, and contemporary Christian music to relax. I hope some suggestion I've given is helpful. Hugs love & prayers as you find your best coping methods! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

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