Flare up... Help

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Flare up... Help

Postby E-Bunny » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:38 pm


I am having one of my flare ups. I cannot sit without pain shooting through my shoulder blades, lower back, arms and upper legs.. but the worst pain is in my neck =( I cannot sit down, just having my clothes touch my skin is becoming unbearable.
Does anyone else get these flare ups ? Has your doc given u anything that can help to ease this ?

In tears right now. . Is there anything that can help ??

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Re: Flare up... Help

Postby Iceskatemum » Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:06 pm

So sorry to here you are in a flare , :hugs: :grouphug:
All I can suggest is rest and pacing. Pain wise what has the GP given you? Have you discussed what to do in a flare (take more /take different tablets).
I currently take Slow release tramadol but have been on other meds before this. If you have nothing prescribed try taking ordinary paracetamol but be sure to only take recommended dose in 24 hours.
Hot water bottle /heat wrap on your shoulders may also help easy the pain.
Try and relax as stress and FM not a good mix.
Take care hope you feel a bit better soon.
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Re: Flare up... Help

Postby Helenkyates » Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:13 pm

I am currently using deep heat for my back spasms and its really helpful. I'm on codeine and also have morphine for when I need it. When I had a bad flare up of neck the only think that helped was physio. Ask your doc if u can have an open referral then You can go when ever you need to. I also sleep and sit using a v shaped pillow at my neck and shoulders and I have a body pillow for when laying down to help my hips. Just helps prevent further spasms for me and helps when I'm bad too. I used a memory foam travel pillow to help support my neck when it was excruciatingly painful and stiff. I've found that I've had to try a few different things and eventually find something that works for me. No single things work for me but more a collaboration of all these things that help. Xxx I hope it eases soon for you. It's so awful. Xx
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Re: Flare up... Help

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:25 pm

Flare~ups are a sizeable part of FM unfortunately, so having some sort of plan in place to help manage things when one hits you can help make things that bit more easier to deal with.

My neck seems to be the epicentre of all things FM for me, stemming from an old injury from a car accident. Once that starts I know I'm in for a rough time, so the faster I can try and get things a bit more managed, the better chances that it will behave a bit more suitably for me.

For my neck I have a wheaty bag that resembles a draft excluder which can be zapped in the mikey to warm it up, as I've found that heat rather than cold can help ease things a little for me.

I also have a collection of other wheaty bags that I use on various areas of my body to help do a similar thing when they are hurty. My latest acquisition is a TENs machine, which has now become my best friend. It doesn't take away the pain and problems completely, but does enough to mean I can get moving about which then helps with loosening up. As well as the TENs function, when it is plugged in, it also has heat and massage functions, which I've found to be really helpful when bits of me have stiffened up. I've been having some painful knee issues recently, and it's not unusual for me to wake up and they be so stiff only a few millimetres of movement are possible. After running Mr TENs thru a couple of his settings which incl heat and massage, things tend to ease off enough to give me enough moment to be able to get out of bed and start :penguin: :penguin: :penguin: :penguin: :penguin: albeit very slowly and unsteadily. If I didn't do this, I think it would take absolutely ages for things to loosen up on their own.

Meds wise, I try to keep some room for manoeuvre in the amounts I take, so that when/if needed, I can increase what I am taking to help get thru the worst of it, then I tend to ease it back down again wherever possible so I can keep doing it as needed.

As there are always things that need doing, altho I will reduce the amount that I do, OH and :alien: :alien: teenager are pretty good at the things they are delegated to do, so between us things can at least still keep ticking over until we're in a better position to sort them fully/properly. I do know this isn't always a possibility tho, depending on individual situations, so I do appreciate how fortunate I am with them, at least some of the time :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Flare up... Help

Postby E-Bunny » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:08 pm

Thanks for the replies..

I managed to get in to see the out of hours gp, she was less than helpful but gave me a couple of tramadol which have helped a lot.

When I flare up I cant have anything touching my skin !! Its like having severe sun burn all over o.O even my t-shirts just brushing over my arms, and around my neck has me in tears =(

My muscles become painful, as though they are badly bruised, so if anything touches me harder than just a stroke, I am on my knees in agony..

My flare ups seem to be happening more often and I don't know why !? Hopefully my GP will finally refer me to a specialist so that I can get at least some sort of control over my pain as she is unwilling to give me painkillers, which is very annoying and stressful when the pain is at tis worst and I have no where to turn, or any meds that can help reduce it so that I can keep on my feet, and not lose pay from work when off sick due to this awful illness =(

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Re: Flare up... Help

Postby painprincess1 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:25 pm

Hi Tina, have u thought of getting a different dr who will give u pain killers .i cant believe some dr think u can cope with fibro without them.that or tell her u WANT pain killers and more then a few.dont be fobbed off. i take tramadol everyday with paracetamol and on anit dees as they help with the sleep .find yoour self a better dr lovely it really helps to no u can go to someone .
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