Post # 1
I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia after years in pain. My pain levels have been really high lately. Today it was a struggle just to walk across campus. My legs were throbbing and my back was spasming. I’m considering putting in my two weeks notice at my retail job so I can find something with less lifting/running around. One shift at work seems to set me back a week in pain levels.
So my question is, bees with chronic conditions (anything that causes you pain/discomfort) what are your coping techniques? Are you able to work full or part time? Any advice to help me get out of this rut?
Post # 2
TiffLee: I have chronic pain from a degenerative spine condition as well as scoliosis. I’m on a medication regimen that is working for now. Are you on any medication? Neurontin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta can be very helpful for fibro. I also use heat and massage, but my understanding is that those treatments can be counter productive with Fibro. Have you considered acupuncture?
ETA: I work full time in healthcare, but I am furthering my degree in the event I may need a desk job eventually. I’d love to go part time, but I have to keep my two dogs in milk bones and vet appointments
Post # 3
I’m on a leave of absence trying to get out of a rut. I don’t know about working full-time or not. If I push too hard though, the conseuqences could be much worse than just pain for me. There have been times pretty much throughout my life where I should have been in emerge to be safe, but didn’t know it 🙁
Post # 4
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TiffLee: I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since I was about 10-11 (juvenile onset) and I’ll say that I used to really struggle wih coping. Luckily, I had teachers and professors who understood when I had to email in my homework vs. attending class but it was hard. It took a lot of trial and error to find the right medication cocktail as well. I had a short stint in retail when I was between full-time work and realized I could never be in that industry due to pain brought on my standing for hours so I can understand why you’re thinking of leaving. I now work 35 hours a week (standard) at a law firm and manage pretty well.
I’ve tried to wean myself off pain medication as my doctors early on really pushed Vicodin on me and I eventually began to worry that I may develop a dependence. I try to stretch and use heat application therapy as an alternative, though I also use OTC remedies, as needed. 🙂
Post # 5
Bridey77: I tried neurotin for a bit, but it messed with my head so much and I began to put on weight. I couldn’t even put together a simple sentence. I want to stay off meds as much as possible, but I realize I’m probably going to have to try something to help me function. I’m considering trying acupuncture but I don’t know where to start. I have a dog too! I’m sure she’d love if I was home all of the time but I need the money. 🙂
Post # 6
AB Bride: I’m sorry to hear you are struggling. I’m considering taking some time off in between jobs. I’m in so much pain that everything seems overwhelming. I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 7
liameowchelle: I’m glad to hear you are doing better! It has definitely been hard for me in school, making it to class on time especially because I’m so stiff and sore that I can barely walk. Retail has been the worst for me because one day of work standing all shift/lifting lots of clothes makes me in pain for several days. I could barely knock on the fitting room doors, it felt like my hands were going to fall off.
So far I’ve been getting lots of rest, snuggling with heating pads, and taking hot baths. No pain killers aside from the occasional Tylenol. I like the idea of stretching/yoga! I’m glad to hear you found a job that worked for you. I’m thinking working in an office would be best.
Post # 8
TiffLee: Talk to your doctor about cymbalta. It’s an antidepressant that has been approved for use in Chronic pain conditions like diabetic neuropathy and fibro. There isn’t a lot of weight gain associated with it either.
<h3 class=”r”>Treating Fibromyalgia With Cymbalta: Side Effects, Benefits</h3>
<h3 class=”r”>Cymbalta User Reviews for Fibromyalgia at Drugs.com</h3>
Keep fighting the good fight! I hope you find something that works.