I. Have osteoarthritis that is pretty good here. I need neck and hip surgery. I'm seeing a neurologist to try to figure out why I have a constant tremor. I have fibromyalgia and I've had it for about 8 years now. I really hate it.they're testing me for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis because it's hard to walk in all of my joints hurt and are warm. I take Soma, tramadol, and lexapro and Xanax. I also take estrogen because I had a hysterectomy. Right now I'm on prednisone to help the swelling in my fingers and legs...
For fibromyalgia pain I generally alternate ibuprofen with an acetaminophen/aspirin mix... I actually downloaded a medicine dose app so I don't accidentally take too much of something. (IE, I'll take ibuprofen in the morning, and two hours later I'll take the acet/aspirin mix. At the six hour mark I'll take ibuprofen again. Lather, rinse, repeat. lol) I'm switching this up a bit because I was just prescribed tramadol so I take it instead of the ibuprofen.
I also take Zanaflex, and how often I take it depends on my pain level. If I'm having period pain, I take the muscle relaxant more regularly, for example.
I also use pain rubs like Blu Emu or Aspercreme. I can't use anything with menthol or camphor because one of my co-workers is allergic to it. Just be careful with checking ingredientsif you use these. Aspercreme, for example, does contain a form of aspirin and if you're taking a product with aspirin in it you could overdose without meaning to.
I also make frequent use of hot baths, ice packs, and heat packs.
In addition, my doctor also prescribes Ambien for me. I don't take it all the time, but I keep it on hand because lack of sleep can make pain worse, which makes sleep worse, which makes pain... well, you get the picture.
Also, if you like herbals, Yogi Tea makes and great ones... just check the ingredients carefully, and make sure your doctor knows because while herbal teas can be delicious drinks, they are also medications and can interfere with other medications. (Many of our modern meds were derived from herbal formulas. Remember "natural" does not always equal safe. Arsenic is natural!)
Best advice I can give you:
1.Do not be shy about asking your doctor questions. You are not bothering them. You're paying them!
2. Make a pain management plan with your healthcare team. I know we don't want to manage pain, we want it gone. But managing is a start. Experiment to find out what works for you. Speak up when something doesn't work.
3.Stray ahead of the pain. If you wait intil pain is really bad to take something, medication doesn't work as well.
And lastly, there is no shame in needing medication. As my doctor says, if you function better with it and your quality of life is better, you need it!
Good luck to you.
I follow my Dr orders for all of my meds. I don't abuse my prn meds either. I use diversions such as support groups as these, internet to stay connected to friends & relatives, outdoor activities (plants, flowers, etc), taking care of pet, cooking, reading... I exercise as much as my pain allows.
depending on the pain there is a doctor for that. I suffer from back pain and I see a Neurologist. I get injections in my back and that combined with pain medication provides me with nearly 90% relief. of course it wouldn't work the same for everyone. best advice is to find a proper doctor for your pain type.
Hi acheymomma. I have chronic pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neck issues from c4-c6 (congenitally fused), degenerative facet disease (basically arthritis in the spine), and that's enough to list for now. I see a Pain Management physician, and additionally I do VERY basic and gentle yoga, and I meditate. Like many others on this list, I am in pain always. The Yoga and ESPECIALLY the MEDITATION have helped a lot the most recently. I find that meditating takes me away for a while, I relax, and most importantly I come out not thinking of the pain. The more you practice meditation, the more relaxed, happier, calmer you become. Yes, of course my pain is still there, but knowing that it doesn't CONTROL me any more feels so wonderful! I can't promise that it will work for everyone, just like everything else, but it is certainly worth a try. My husband, family, and friends have all commented on the change in my behavior.
Less depressed, less anxious, an attitude toward life that is admirable. I hope all of us have helped you in some way. You have gotten some very good suggestions and ideas. All the best to you.
It is a tough thing to keep control of because it never ends or goes on vacation. I have had sever chronic back pain for 15 years and my first of four back surgeries 25 years ago. I wish I had a defined answer for you but a supported family and friends are very important but don't drag them down with the issue constantly. Also remember over the years they will get used to you having chronic pain , but you never will. My medical problems have cost me almost everything except my adult daughters and a couple good friends.It cost me my marriage of 28 years. I battle my pain constantly, physically and phycologically. Try to get out as much as possible. I take Effexor to fight off depression and it helps some. Fight the good fight. I do as good as I can.
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