I am in the Red Zone today. Hurt so bad & have staggered around holding on to walls & furniture because walking is obscenely painful. Rubbed the M cream anywhere I could reach on my back & sides, & down my legs. Took 2 ibuprofen & a muscle relaxer, but nothing helps. Can't think very good either or I would spell better. Sometimes I wonder if something shifts inside my lower or middle back that flips the switch to RZ. I keep reading about my dx so far & it stinks! The pain is radiating everywhere. I'd cry, but it would hurt. Thanks for being here with me.
Silvrrry, I too had reached that horrible place as well this past couple of weeks...I do want you to remember we care, even though we can not sit directly in front of you, I am with you. Remember, this too will pass...(don't know when but I have faith it will loosen up for you) I completely understand mid/lower back pain. I hope you can or have the ability to recieve narcotic analgesic for this flare. Ice packs help me ALOT when I am on my narcotic free periods. Can you make an appointment to see your doctor? One more thing, I know it hurts to cry, but if you need a shoulder to cry on, you can always //@anytime call me directly. (903)714 1644. Much love, gentle gentle hugs and prayers for pain relief and a renewed sense of peace. Love, Terri
One alternative to my actual Rx is Kava. It's a central nervous system depressant so it can help a lot with nerve pain and associated flare ups. It gives me about half an hour of solid pain reduction, and maybe a little bit more depending on dosage. It actually kind of clears your kind and reduces anxiety, which is always a nice fringe benefit. It makes your tongue numb (totally normal), and can make you slightly dizzy, so just make sure you can sit down if you need to.
It's just a plant root, and comes in many forms: tea (super low doses), extract, and pills. You can find it at whole foods or order it online. I can send you a link to a brand I like if it would help. Keep in mind that you shouldn't combine it with alcohol, and you should be careful with dosage. One thing many people don't know so that the active ingredient (kavalactones) degrades in hot water, so I usually add extract to orange juice or a glass of cold water.
If you decide to try it, make sure to ask/tell your doctor because I don't want you to have interactions with any other meds.
I hope this helps! At least it's an option to try that isnt totally restricted like narcotic meds. Let me know if I can answer any questions about it!
Do your research on pain meds! Doctors are afraid, but should not be cutting off or refusing to treat chronic pain. They just don't know any better and are afraid. Check out a pain management specialist, ask questions. They are strict but compassionate!
Thank you for the great suggestions for otc pain relief, everyone. Weeroo, I appreciate the pep talk as I know I need to search for info. I keep having trouble with this app. I may have to reinstall because I make a post & then it freezes for a couple days before I can see the new posts & people. Someone's was writing about getting their arms comfortable at night & I thought, yesssss, I do know about that. Right before I lost my Dad, I remember telling him that all of the sudden I didn't know what to do with my arms at night. They were so painful& annoying. I have been trying out the minty spray mist. My elbow did not like that stuff. I have eczema there & it had a flare. It did feel ok on my knee. Geez, I feel like a broken bag of bones. However, I did order a fitness recumbent bicycle & it will arrive soon. Working on changing my diet, too. Hope your pain is less than yesterday.