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pain relief and bedding

Postby Genie65 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:48 pm

Hi Everyone I take tramadol and paracetomol for fibro annd arthritis pain, but I think the Tramadol is causing some nasty side effeccts. Anyone had experience of these when taking tramadol? Is there an alternative? I did take co-codamol 30/500 two four times a day, but they weren't very effective. I also take zolpidem for sleep problems and that too has a yard-long list of side effects. Any ideas for alternative sleep medication? Tried melatonin, valerian etc., no good. Would like to feel a bit better than I do at present. Also has anyone problems with bedding? If there is the slighest roughness on the under= sheet it hurts - at present I use stretch ccotton jersey, so I can pull out the creases when I turn over, but wondered if there was any natural fabric not subject to pilling?

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Re: pain relief and bedding

Postby kazza65 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:55 pm

Hi Hun,


I too has trouble with sleeping due to the pain in my legs and back when laying flat. I went to the doctor and he gave me a prescriptions for amitiptyline they have been very helpfull but at the dose of 40mg per night.

So if you wish to take these see your doctor..

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Re: pain relief and bedding

Postby whoami » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:04 pm

Genie....sleep is a huge issue for fibro patients. Have you asked your Dr to refer you to a sleep clinic. It might be of interest to you. I went and sleep better now, not perfect but better.

I put a pillow under my knees. Like you I lie on my back. This takes some pressure from my back and legs.

Also, if your legs and back hurt try using arnica gel. I use it a lot now and am amazed with the results.

Try satin sheets. They feel a bit cooler but they move around better on the skin. I also bought a really soft pillow, make sure you get one for how you sleep. I also have a wool duvet. It is light, cool in summer and warm in winter.

Talk to your Dr and see what he suggests.
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Re: pain relief and bedding

Postby hanspan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:18 pm

I started to find my bed uncomfortable even though it isn't that old so I got s memory foam mattress topper. It's more comfortable, less painful but it took some getting used to. I wouldn't get a full memory foam bed as I heard they aren't good for us but alsobecause I don't like to sink too far in to the bed...
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Re: pain relief and bedding

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Re: pain relief and bedding

Postby MichelleJ » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:06 pm

I use a memory foam pillow and tempur mattress. My duvet is merino wool which keeps cool in summer and warm in winter. My eddying is just cotton but I have the stretch fit sheets as they stay still better. I do struggle with material making my skin sore though.
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Re: pain relief and bedding

Postby cherry-von-bomb » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:25 pm

I've found high count Egyptian cotton takes alot of abuse before it goes bobbly also a mattress topper used with a decent mattress protectors ( Ikea do some really good mattress accessories, 365+ mattress protector is great for me) as it helps keep sheets flat as it forces the sheets to stretch

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Re: pain relief and bedding

Postby Genie65 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:47 pm

Thanks to all who replied - and for your help. I have tried amytriptiline but I put on a huge amount of weight. I think I may ask my GP to try out a SNRI - and possibly a muscle relaxant. As for bedding, I have a two inch foam mattress - it was bliss, but I think it needs replacing. Bedding is a problem and I am trying out M & S Sateen pima cotton fitted sheet. Maybe this will helpl A pillow between my knees causes pain, due to pressure on muscles, it is better without. Because my arm muscles are weak and I have arthritis in my hands I put one hand inside my top pillow (silk) which gives support and drawn the duvet up around the other to make a sort of sling. Of course this all has to be rearranged when I turn over. By the way I sleep on my side, except for when I had a hip replacement, and didn't get much sleep for 6 weeks until the blessed day the consultant said I could sleep on one side. It is all such a performance isn't it? Struggling to find what is right for us. I really do think it is very much an individual thing, what works for one doesn't work for another, which is why is it such a hard condition to treat successfully. Good luck to everyone, let's hope Xyrem is made available for sleep problems so far only prescribed for narcolepsy, but it apparently is a huge help in sleep problems in fibromyalgia.
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