... usual. The pain is severe & keeping me awake all night, barely able to move & get up. I take sleep meds but the pain is overpowering them. I really don't want to go to my doctor, yet again, since I'm so sick & tired of pills. I don't want to increase my dose (150mg Effexor & Percocet) since I feel that's a never ending battle where my body will just eventually loose. I'm going back to work this week after being off for many years & I'm freaking out a bit worrying how I'm going to manage. I guess my question is for those of you that have had flares, can you explain them to me, how it feels, how long they last, what you do for any relief? I also have 2 herniated discs, seems when this pain increased my fibro did too. Thanks! Kim
Flares are like fibro x4. For me the pain is so bad I can't bear to be touched, I can hardly stand upright, and I just want to crawl in bed and stay there. I use heat, and bump up my gabapentin by a capsule a day. For me, I guess I'm lucky, they usually only last a few days. Stressors such as pain will put you into flares.
Maybe you need a different medication for your fibromyalgia. Have you tried Trazodone for example? A non-addictive pill that has been on the market for a very long time. That has helped me a lot. But none of my major pain pills for my severe migraines help my fibromyalgia at all. There are other meds specifically for fibro such as Savella and Lyrica. Just suggestions.
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