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newly diagnosed need pain management tips
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DEB 33 - November 27

Hi i am newly diagnosed after years of pain in wrists elbows shoulders neck lowerback etc. Just coming out of a 5 month flare up which caused me to be off work for 4 months as a nurse my job is extremely stressful and physically demanding currently doing 6hrs 3 x a week all i can manage been started on gabapentin 300mgs and amytriptaline 10mgs daily does help but ache terribly all day still not sleeping well which doesnt help any tips on non medication pain relivers as i feel so doped up its very hard to work .


JJ1 - November 27

I take 25 - 50 mg of amitriptyline per night, taken about 2 hours before bedtime and it has helped my pain remarkably because it has allowed me to get REM sleep. Your dose seems low, but may be due to other meds you are taking or your doc may be starting slowly. I was initially started on a lower dose that was gradually increased until my pain symptoms subsided. Lately I have been just taking 25 mg and it has been working just fine.


DEB 33 - November 27

Hi JJ1 thanks for replying i am very sensitive to amitriptyline but will try and increase it Dr says i can as tolerated will try taking it earlier and see how it goes


Amyloo - November 27

Hi Deb; I use ThermaCare heat wraps all the time. They are an air activated heat wrap that is like a portable heating pad. They can wrap around basically any part of your body and last for about ten hours. I love them. God bless, Amy


Gabbie - November 28

Hi Deb. I'm so sensitive to many meds that so far I've stayed away from any of the prescriptions that some of the others use for fibro. I do use lidocaine cream on the pressure points which helps alleviate a lot of the pain. I take Tylenol PM to help me sleep and it really helps. I sometimes take Advil during the day. I have not been pain free for a very long time, but have found that the things I use help to take the "edge" off. I wish you well and better days ahead.


Fantod - November 30

I'd recommend seeing a nutritionist who treats FMS. The person I use has been a tremendous help to me. I'm horribly sensitive to meds so anything I use is in the smallest possible dose. I use the standard FMS meds with some holistic stuff. Takes some tinkering and time but I feel that I am better off than when I started. Another option is a topical pain killing cream called Ketoprofen. It does not get into your bloodstream so it will not make you drowsy. It comes in 10, 20 & 30 percent strengths. I use 20 most of the time. It has to be made up by a compound pharmacy. If you are in pain, you will not get quality sleep. The latter may help alleviate some of the problem. I'm sending you a big hug and hope that things get better soon.


danigirl - December 21

If you live in a state where it is legal, medical marijuana can be quite helpful if you can get the right strain (there are many, many kinds with varying effects.) So many of us are sensitive to prescription sometimes herbs that grow from the gournd can be a God-send. Medical Marijuana can be helpful for pain relief, sleep, anxiety and especially nausea.

Also, if you can find a good acupuncturist, that has helped my pain tremendously. The first one I went do didn't do much good--there are several methods in acupuncture. My second practitioner is wonderful! She also gives me Chinese herbs that are helpful with various fibro problems.


DEB 33 - December 23

Thanks danigirl live in UK so marijuana is illegal will try accupuncture and see how it goes



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