1 month without painkillers!! :D

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1 month without painkillers!! :D

Postby FionaG » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:41 pm

I know this won’t sound like a big deal to non-chronic-pain people, but for me it’s a HUGE deal, and I’m sure all of you will understand – for me, today marks 1 whole month of NOT TAKING PAINKILLERS!!! :D :D :D I took my last painkillers on the 8th of March and before that I had been taking them 3-4 times a day, every day, for at least 2 ½ years, and on/off for several years before that.

To tell you a bit about my medical history (I’ll try to keep it as short as possible, but can’t promise, haha!), I’ve had problems with my left shoulder since around 2002, which resulted in years of physiotherapy, keyhole surgery in 2007, and serious open surgery in February 2014. I was in ‘too much pain’ after the last op and my consultant said I was probably suffering from CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome). Over the years I have also has major issues with my stomach – I saw several doctors and private ‘specialists’, had at least 1 of every -oscopy and scan you can think of (lucky me, eh?! haha), no results showed, but I eventually worked out by myself that I have a gluten intolerance, alcohol intolerance, and can’t have caffeine or spicy foods. I was also getting numerous other symptoms – including all-over pain, extreme fatigue, BPPV (vertigo), cognitive issues, etc – and they were all getting worse and more regular, and I was eventually (after strongly requesting to see a rheumatologist since I’d lost all faith in my GPs!) diagnosed with fibromyalgia and CFS in October 2014. I was also referred to neurologists because of continuing pain & numbness in my left shoulder/arm, and I have suspected MS so I’m undergoing continual tests to keep an eye on it. I sadly had to give up working a full time job that I loved a year ago because of my ongoing chronic pain/fatigue/etc, so I’m doing my best to do some part time self-employed work from home. I’m also a musician but had to give up playing about 2 ½ years ago, which was utterly heart-breaking. :'(

So, why am I telling you all of this, I hear you ask?! haha :) Well, other than my total excitement at not having taken painkillers for a whole month, which I never thought would be possible, I’ve also started playing sax again and joined a new band a few weeks ago! :D The band actually asked me to join them a few months ago and I initially said yes because I really did want to start playing again, but I had to miss my 1st 2 rehearsals with them because I was in too much pain, so decided it was fairer if I just didn’t join after all so I wasn’t constantly cancelling and messing them about. :( However, I then started using some natural products that a friend had recommended to me that she’d heard could help fibro etc. – now, I’m one of those awkward people who has the rare side effects listed on medications and ends up in A&E, so I’m all for trying natural remedies and avoiding the nasty side effects and hospital visits, haha! In all honesty, I was still pretty skeptical when I started taking them. I didn’t want to start taking everything all at once so introduced each new thing after 2/3 weeks, and the difference is honestly incredible!! My pain is much much less (including times of being pain-free, wow!), I’m not nearly as fatigued, my digestion is much better, brain fog is less, concentration is better, and I’m just generally feeling much better! I’m obviously not back to how I used to be, and doubt that I ever will be 100%, but I feel like I’ve got so much of my life and positivity back, and for the first time I actually feel in control of the fibro, instead of the other way around! Yes, I still have the occasional bad day, but I now better understand why, and so can turn things around again. I’m guessing I won’t be allowed to mention the company/products on here, but if anyone is interested please PM me. I actually ended up joining the company, partly because it’s work that I can do from home, but mostly because I’m SO excited that I’ve found something that helps me so much, so I REALLY hope I can help other people by telling them about the products. I honestly don’t want this to sound like a rubbish sales pitch, I know we all get annoyed with the spam ‘cures’ that are posted on facebook! I’m not saying at all that this is a cure, all I’m saying is how much it’s helped me to get some of my life back and what a HUGE difference that has made to my life. Even if you don’t want to buy from me, you might know someone else who’s already selling the products, that’s fine – as I said, I just want to share my experience and if I can help even just 1 other person, I’ll be happy! :D

To anyone who has read all of this, thank you so much, haha! I know I’ve rambled on a bit, but I’ve finally felt ready to share my story with you all, and hopefully I can help some of you too. :)
Sending you all lots of love and I hope you’re enjoying a lovely spring day like we’re having in Scotland. :) <3
Fiona, xxx
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Re: 1 month without painkillers!! :D

Postby Jeany » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:16 pm

I would be interested to know what products have helped you Fiona if you could pm me please.


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Re: 1 month without painkillers!! :D

Postby Soph » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:13 pm

Me too! Pm also please

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Re: 1 month without painkillers!! :D

Postby galio » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:22 pm

so pleased you have found something that works for you, unfortunately I have had some nasty side effects from natural products too, they can cause problems as well, I tried stuff for menopause and another time for joint problems, (the joint one was suggested by my gp) and had a reaction to them both. Im presently building up my dose of pregabalin (lyrica) which I was on last year and stopped in november after feeling sick for months, I agreed to try again due to the pain getting to a point where i couldn't cope again, so far so good but i have noticed when i take paracetamol at the same time that i feel sick, so am avoiding it unless breakthrough pain is getting bad it seems to b ok if i take it mid doses! we will see what happens when the does goes up again in a few weeks
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