Hi Ginge, sorry to hear you have fibro, I feel for you, we all know how devastating it is, to live with fibro.
So now you now that there is no cure, there is a chance you can get better, we all strive for that, some of us have an easier time, others not.
We all struggle at our own pace.
I would book myself to see a chiro, and follow a routine with the chiro, the reason I say mention chiro, is you mentioned that you do, long haul driving, this will destroy your back, beside that as time passes by, the stress and the long road, creates a nesting area around your waist area, and as we age, we tend to not loose weight in the middle as fast as when we were once young. If this is not you, then hurray for you, but still go follow a regine with the chiro. I can safely say, it's going to hurt, put the first thing you want to do is get that spine where it belongs. This is no miracle worker, but lots people, including me say it helps if you stick with going to see the chiro 3 or 4 times a week, until your back has stabalize. You'll fine some of the pain, will disapear, not all of it, but enough that you will feel better about yourself.
Another thing you can do is go see your rheumy or whoever gave you oxy, wrong drug to have, tell them to change you to Ralivia, if they can give you oxy, they should be in position to give you Ralivia instead.
Ralivia (tramadol) belongs to a group of medications called opioid analgesics. It is used to manage moderate to moderately severe pain for people who need several days or more of pain control. It decreases pain by working on the central nervous system. It’s a once-daily formulation per 24 hours.
The type of pain you have is called neuropathic pain, does not respond to tylenol, the pain is the result from signals coming from the peripheral nervous system, that is, the nerves outside of the barin, or spinal cord.
Neuropathic pain occures when you have chronic pain. The sumptoms of neuropathic pain include a constant gnawing pain, as well as shooting and burning sensation or tingling and numbness. No matter how you describe it, its effect can be debilitating, causing tremendous physical and emotitional suffering and loss of quality of life. Not surprisingly, patients who suffer from neuropathic pain experience high rates of depression and insomnia.
Neuropathic pain is fequently chronic, sometimes lasting months or even years. While complete cures are unlikely, it can be controlled with the proper treatment.
If this is work related then you should have made a claim with Workers Compensation, if you haven't start calling them and ask them to send you the forms and fill them out. Start at the begining of your injury and put in you have been seeing doctors etc. You might get some help. If they say no, keep putting in for a review, it usually takes 5 or 6 tries before they claim you with disability.
But right now, you have no choice but to move in different direction, see your doctor and get them to give you Ralivia, trust me, you'll start sleeping and some of the pain, might feel less painful.
If you can't work, then go back to EI, and tell them you don't have a job to return to, they should be able to give you benefits.
If you have health insurance, you may have disability, this is the time to get your papers in, see if you can get disability.
Seek help from Workers Compensation and