I have been telling my doctors for years now i feel everyday like i've been hit by a bus .i hurt from morning til night and i have not found any relief.please if anyone can tell me who i need to see where i need to go . some days i feel like life is not worth it .i feel down all the time can't sleep .maybe 3 to 5 hrs a night ,but not without waking up.i am not even writing this i had someone else to do it for me. please help if there is any help living a fraction of my life is getting really bad and old. thank you .
im sorry for your pain, mabe you can go to a ra doctor in your area, or a pain management office in your area. what i always say is take advantage of the er, and ask the drs there for a referal to a dr that you can possibly see and who will give you something for the pain. leanne
Hi and welcome to this site!
Please, call your primary care physician and have them make an appointment with a Rheumatologist, THAT is who you need to see for Fibromyalgia and RA. I've both, and a picnic it is NOT!! But you will get through this, you must persevere, find a good Rheum and some medicines that will make you be able to live your life again!! Tis possible, promise.
Best wishes to you,
I have both plus a whole lot more. I also run a Fibro support group. There are several things you can do for yourself right now.
Before you go to bed, take a hot bath with epsom salts. Soak about 15 minutes. Then when you go to bed, use a sleep mask to black out all the lights. Blue light will trigger awakeness as it is like white light from the sun. Do not watch tv before bed. Do not watch the news. Relax with a good book or listen to calming music.
Reduce your stress as much as you can. Think happy thoughts. Read happy books or watch happy movies. I love Happy Feet. It always tickles me.
You might want to have a sleep study done to make sure you don't have sleep apnea. It will also confirm that you don't reach delta level of sleep which is the level required to regenerate hormones that pain signals destroy.
For sleep I have taken 6mgs of melatonin, 200mgs of tryptophan, and 500mgs of 5HTP. Sometimes having a strong cup of valerian tea will help also.
Also, ask your doctor about a prescription for Volteran Gel 1%. It's an NSAID gel your rub on your aching joints and such. If you do manage to get a prescription, ask for 1000gms. It's cheaper that way than one tube at a time.
But you do need to find a rheumatologist who has a specialty in fibro. They know the meds you need. You will need a muscle relaxant, pain killer, anti-depressant, and maybe a break through pain med. And you need to get into a gentle exercise program mostly an aquatic exercise program in a very warm pool.
Just a few ideas to help you. I have more on my facebook if you are interested. It's Boise Fibromyalgia Support Group.
But number 1 is always DON'T STRESS!!!
I am so sorry to learn of your horrible pain and inability to find a doctor who can help. I am certain you will find lots of help on this site. Since I also suffer from Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis, my advice to you is to find a good rheumatologist or doctor in your area who can refer you to one. Per the advice of "Granny", you should "find a rheumatologist who has a specialty in fibro. They know the meds you need. You will need a muscle relaxant, pain killer, anti-depressant, and maybe a break through pain med. And you need to get into a gentle exercise program mostly an aquatic exercise program in a very warm pool."
You deserve to get all of the known medications to help you. I recently began a low dose of Lyrica (50 mg./day) instead of the 275 mg./day, which knocked me out for two months. I also take Valium (Muscle relaxant), sleep aids (Melatonin 5 mg. (no prescription needed); Ambien, and two different kinds of pain medications.
If you live in a small town, you may need to travel to a larger city to find a good doctor and a support group. The MOST important thing is for you to begin taking care of yourself by learning everything there is to know about your conditions and their treatment! You MUST become your own doctor... My favorite place is on "WebMD". No two doctors ever have the same opinion about treatment. For instance, I was told to take Methotrexate (an old cancer drug) for RA. After reading the overwhelming side effects of that medication, I refused to take it. My doctor then wouldn't treat me any longer. There are few alternatives for RA medications, so I had to decide what treatment I would try.
There is NO reason you should not get some relief from the suggestions here. If a medication causes side effects that bother you, it is your duty to tell your doctor for a different one. If he/she refuses, find another doctor. I pray this helps you get on the path to recovery.
Best wishes, Brie
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