October 26, 2003
An experiment in Pain

I'm trying a bit of an experiment.

Because of the fibromyalgiea, I have been taking 1800 mg of ibuprofin daily, for at least the last year and a half or so. Since I stopped nursing Ryan.

My tummy's been not so happy lately, so I have decided to see if I can go without. It hasn't been a fun 24 hours. I'm really starting to feel tha pain now. Yesterday, after having to carry Ryan for so long in the corn maze, I was a mess. Then we moved furniture all over the place.

Today was better than I expected. I think if I can get out for more exercise, I'll actually be in better shape. But trying to get there with any sort of consistency has been difficult. And it'll only get worse, as NaNo starts and I try not to drop any of the other balls flying through the air.

Maybe I just won't have time for pain. Wouldn't that be nice?

[Listening to: The Gambler - Kenny Rogers - White On Blonde (03:33)]

Posted by Deb Atwood at October 26, 2003 09:26 PM | TrackBack
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I have a friend who has that. She is also a NaNoer and mother of a house full of kids. She is also a GM/player in our merry little band of gamers. I can't even pretend to understand what that is like, but I do know that "sucks" doesn't even begin to describe it.

This is me sending much strength your way.

Posted by: Brian Peace on October 27, 2003 03:56 PM

Hi, Deb

I'm that other person Brian was referring to. I've had FMS for the last four years and it has been hell. I was diagnosed after the birth of my last child. I spent three years trying different things. The first was chiropractics and deep tissue massage. The massage was sheer torture and made me physically ill for days. I became very depressed, thinking that I did not want to live the rest of my life with pain and fatigue every single day. What made it worse was rarely I would have a totally pain-free day and think that I was 'cured.' Then the next day I was in hell again. Finally it got to the point when I couldn't deal anymore. I decided to see a pain management specialist. It was really the best thing I could have done. I take hydrocodone twice a day and I have ultram for up to twice a day if I need it but I rarely take it. I take Zoloft which is a really big help. Somehow it keeps the pain down.

One of the best things was when I got the trigger point injections in my shoulders. I felt like the world had been lifted from my shoulders. I went out the next day and tore out some old bushes and made two brick-lined gardens. The injections are not that painful and it's worth it. I also get an epidural in my lower back and that has been a huge help as well. Another thing I discovered that really helps is hatha yoga. It is simple stretching with deep breathing. It helps to change the metabolism and really does work. I'm not very good at practicing like I should, but when I do I feel better.

I hope all this helps. I would cut out the ibuprofen. That much can damage your liver after a time. Good luck with Nanowrimo!

Toni

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