Category Archives: Pain

Fibromyalgia Pain Relief – CHOCOLATE


This is one case where chocolate is recommended.

However remember:

Dark chocolate only, no milk or white chocolate and no more than an ounce daily.

Enjoy!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Anger at Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain


We feel betrayed by our bodies. Most of us have more than one disorder/pain going on. Even if we manage to get one to ease up, others appear.

We pretty much give up on fun. Physically we aren’t able to participate in sports or other physical activities. We have to say no at the last minute no matter how much we wish to participate in activities and that includes family activities. Our families don’t understand.

Some of us have to work still. I am on disability, but that limits my income to practically non-existent. Those that still work miss days and have a drop in income as well.

At one point I tried working a full time job and almost full time job just to keep a roof over my head and food in my stomach. I also tried to go to school at this time. Physically it made me very ill. I just couldn’t do it anymore and my bad finances became worse. There was no money for fun things even if I physically thought I could do them.

I no longer go to malls to just shop for the day with the kids (fully grown with kids of their own now).

Usually once a year we have a day trip to my sister’s shore house and spend time at the beach. The walk and getting in and out of a chair is nigh on impossible. I watch everyone else have fun. My body won’t let me do that. My family wants me there, but it is usually pure hell for the day and I have to spend days recuperating my strength. My father has driven the last couple of years since he started going now that Mom is gone. I can’t drive that far, the stress is too much also. Stress puts more strain on the Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain. Nothing has been said about this year yet. Not many weekends left.

There is also anger at the people who think we are lazy or faking and that includes family. We don’t look ill so strangers don’t believe it and sometimes even our own family doesn’t believe we are sick.

Invisible illnesses are not fun. Anger may be too weak of a term. I tend to rage about my deficiencies.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Is Chiropractic Care Helpful for Fibromyalgia Pain?


Studies are inconclusive as to whether chiropractic adjustments help Fibromyalgia. I have been getting adjusted for at least 5 years now, maybe 6. There is no way for me to say for sure that the adjustments are working for the Fibromyalgia, but since I have spinal pain and herniated discs I do know that it is helping something. The only way to tell for sure is to quit getting adjusted. He also worked on my arm (couldn’t lift it over my head) due to the car accident. That was a combination of adjustments and physical therapy done in his office under his care.

Read the full article in Healthiculture.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Fibromyalgia and weight loss


Many of us with Fibromyalgia have a problem with weight loss as well. They don’t know if Fibromyalgia (and sedentary behavior) is caused by weight gain or if the weight problem is caused by Fibromyalgia.

Now for me I have been overweight most of my adult life after I had children. I didn’t exercise when I was younger. I was against it. I admit to laziness and disinterest even as a young adult. My arthritis started kicking in while I was in my mid-twenties. It got worse at a fast rate and so I have suffered from chronic pain since my late twenties starting with arthritis and degenerative disk disease. My spine is now close to halfway full of herniated discs or maybe worse by now.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2010 when a major flare was caused mainly by tension and stress of a job I couldn’t handle mentally. The pain in my body flared up. I had a pinched nerve or actually several. I went out on short term disability that eventually turned into SSDI permanent disability. The symptoms had been there all along it took that major flare to bring it into a diagnosis.

With Fibromyalgia we have to worry about over-extending ourselves and causing a major flare up to start. Fibromyalgia flare-ups come and go as things in life affect us. I do not have major pain everyday. Most days, but not every day. However it is easy to over-do and have to live through a severe flare.

Most of us can’t exercise without over doing it and the fact we’re sedentary doesn’t help our condition, but the pain causes the need to be sedentary to avoid as much pain as possible, a vicious circle.

I am currently in a bad flare. Thankfully the long walk through the outlet stores the other day didn’t put me down fully. I did have to stop and sit quite often though. I am in severe pain, but trying to at least get up out of bed for part of the day.

My chiropractor wants me to walk 5 minutes a day. Seems simple enough, but for someone with Fibromyalgia it’s not that simple. Granted I have other disorders going on as well and that affects the pain level and my ability to walk and climb steps. Curbs are difficult and I easily fall on them as I lose my balance due to my knees being in pain and locking up.

I don’t have access to a warm pool, but warm water exercising is another suggestion they have for exercise with Fibromyalgia.

Watching your diet is one way to try and lose weight, but usually has to be accompanied by exercise to work. My weight goes up and down. I don’t want to push through the pain to exercise. I haven’t found it beneficial, though it might help some.

I have been told that I have given up on life and am no longer a fighter. Well I might have given up at this point. It comes and goes with my moods from the bipolar, but I am a fighter or I wouldn’t have gotten this far in life with what I have been through.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Opioids (AKA Narcotics) for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief


Many people take opioids for pain relief. Studies are inconclusive as to whether they really work on Fibromyalgia or not. I took them for a few years and they would take the edge off only. It is getting harder to find a doctor who prescribes them with all the bad publicity recently.

I can no longer take them as they can be dangerous with some drugs and I take psychiatric drugs and those combinations can be lethal. My doctor won’t even prescribe Tramadol which is not a narcotic according to some studies, but it can cause a problem in combination with psychiatric drugs. Though the pain can be excruciating, I can’t take more than an NSAID because I must have the psychiatric drugs more than opioid pain relief.

Your best bet for Opioid prescriptions is a certified pain doctor. That’s their specialty. Most other doctors will not or cannot prescribe them.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Injections for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief


My rheumatologist is my Fibromyalgia specialist. I also have arthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease so he treats me for all three.

When I have specific pain areas he will use injections in the trigger points to help with pain. The injections are part Lidocaine (an analgesic) and a steroid. He limits these injections because I have Diabetes and therefore the shots will raise my sugar levels due to the steroid in them.

I have also had full steroid injections directly into my neck and back from my pain doctor. These shots were more for the DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease in my spine).

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Muscle Relaxants for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief


Another possible pain relief tip is the use of muscle relaxants. Although these are not intended for long term use they can help with pain caused by muscle spasms. Some of them also cause drowsiness for those of you who suffer insomnia like me.

I must warn you that there are many doctors out there that don’t believe in using muscle relaxants and won’t prescribe them. I have run into a few of these doctors over the years.

When I first had neck and back pain my PCP prescribed a few days worth of a muscle relaxant and sent me to an orthopedic doctor. He refused to give me a prescription for them as his office did not believe in them or dispense them. I ran into the same problem with the pain doctor I went to.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com