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Husband in severe pain
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clgunzel - May 11

My husband has fibro. He has been experiencing severe pain the last few days. His pain meds don't even help. He can't walk, can't sit, can't stand, can't lay down, can't get comfortable no matter what the position. Anyone else ever experience this? He's had fibro for about 3 years now. Could it maybe be MS? Hasn't been tested for it in a long time. Thanks for any insight you can provide.


JJ1 - May 13

It could be a flare up (a temporary worsening of fibro symptoms). He really needs to see his doc though if his pain is that bad. He can get some more effective pain meds and should really be checked to make sure nothing else is going on. Hope he is doing better.


ladypuddle - May 13

it could be MS but tbh it sounds like my FMS - I have been like that remember one night going to sleep on all 4s once after 72 hours of not being able to cope with severe pain my pain meds couldn't touch the pain. Do you have any ginger in the house? it will boost any painkillers he has



jlh - May 15

what does ginger do. Thant is a new one to me. Is it a natural pain killer?


JJ1 - May 15

Do a search of the site for "ginger". There has been quite a bit of discussion on it. One poster Dream69 felt that a cup of ginger root tea was eliminating almost all her symptoms. I tried it with no noticeable changes. I was able to find the tea in the health food section of my local grocers. It isn't that expensive so worth a try. Ginger is best known for helping gastro-intestinal problems and alleviating nausea. I have never heard of it making pain meds more effective. That is a new one for me, too.


JJ1 - May 15

Excuse me Dream69, I called you a "her" when you are a "him". I apologize because i should remember that. I will blame it on fibrofog, lol.


JJ1 - May 15

Here is some info I found and posted about ginger earlier:........http://www.
Ginger- Root……………. _________________-_______________________ Lati-n- name: Zingiber officinale ……………. A Remedy For Appetite loss; Indigestion; Motion sickness …………….
Although officially recognized as a remedy for only the three problems listed above, Ginger Root has a proven ability to combat all forms of nausea and vomiting. It has also been taken to loosen phlegm, relieve gas, and tighten the tissues, although its effectiveness for these purposes hasn't been verified. Asian medicine also employs it as a treatment for colds and shortness of breath. ………… What It Is; Why It Works Valued primarily for the distinctive tang it lends to cuisine, Ginger Root also has proven medicinal effects. In one recent clinical trial among surgery patients, it proved more effective than the prescription drug Reglan in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. It has been shown to stimulate the intestines and promote production of saliva, digestive juices, and bile. It also tends to boost the pumping action of the heart, prevent the formation of clots, reduce cholesterol levels, and fight inflammation. It may even have a stimulative effect on the immune system. Native to southeast Asia, Ginger was brought to Spain, and then America, by the Spanish in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is now commercially cultivated in tropical regions of the United States, India, China, and the West Indies. The plant is a creeping perennial that spreads underground. Only the root is medicinal. ……………. Avoid If... Although there's no evidence that Ginger is harmful during pregnancy, officials recommend that it not be taken for morning sickness. People with gallstones should not use it unless their doctor approves. Because of its anti-clotting properties, it should be avoided by anyone in danger of internal bleeding. ..... Special Cautions High doses (6 grams or more) may damage the stomach lining and could eventually lead to ulcers. Allergic skin reactions are also possible, but in recommended doses, Ginger causes no side effects. …… Possible Drug Interactions It's best to avoid large doses of Ginger if you are taking a blood-thinning drug such as Coumadin. ........ Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding Although a trial of Ginger in 27 pregnant women with persistent vomiting revealed no harmful effects, it is still not recommended during pregnancy. ……………………………………… How to Prepare Chopped Ginger Root can be made into a tea. Pour boiling water over 0.5 to 1 gram (about one-quarter teaspoonful) of the chopped root, steep for 5 minutes, and strain. Ginger is also available in tablet, capsule, and liquid form………… Typical Dosage For commercial preparations, the following dosages are typical. ……… Indigestion: 2 to 4 grams a day ……….. Motion sickness: 1 gram 30 minutes before travel; for continuing symptoms, 0.5 to 1 gram every 4 hours. …… To prevent vomiting: 0.5 to 2 grams daily ……… Arthritis: 1 to 2 grams daily …… Since potency may vary, follow the manufacturer's directions whenever available. ……… Overdosage Massive doses of Ginger can depress the nervous system and cause heart irregularities. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.


clgunzel - May 16

Thanks to all of you for your comments - especially the ginger. Fortunately, he really likes ginger so might give this one a try. As for meds, he's on plenty, including the patch, but they don't seem to help him when he has a flare up. As a matter of fact, he ran out of pain pills a few days ago, (not good), and now has to wait until Monday to see his doc. Its going to be a long wait for him - I just hope he can hang on!



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