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I Just Realized I'm Not In Pain!

Friday, February 01, 2013

I went to my pain management doctor today for a check up. The first thing they do is hand you a piece of paper where you have to say where your pain is located, and what degree of pain you are in.

Until that moment, I hadn't realized that I haven't hurt in quite a while. Oh, I'm not saying I'm pain free...I still have a pain here and there sometimes...but I'm talking about the constant pain I used to live with. The FIBROMYALGIA pain that has been a thorn in my side, back, knees, ankles, (you get the picture) for as long as I can remember.

I started with my pains when I was about 10 years old. At that time, the doctors had no idea what was causing the pain. In fact, they probably thought I was making the whole thing up. Why would a 10 year old, otherwise healthy girl, have back pain??? They did try things like back braces...you know, the kind with steel rods in them which made it impossible to do anything while you had it on.

I really can't remember the entire episode, (probably blocked it out of my memory) but I do remember that whatever they tried didn't do any good, so we all just gave up, and I learned to live with the pain.

The problem is, things like that just don't go away. As I gained weight and then had a baby (I gained 80 pounds during my pregnancy) the pain just kept getting worse. I finally found a doctor who touched several spots on me, and watched me wince in pain, and then informed me I had Fibromyalgia. Come to find out, it usually runs in families but in my case, mine was diagnosed before my mom's was, probably because she also had arthritis.

At that time, I was put on Celebrex which took care of most of my pains and I was walking on 'Cloud 9'. But of course, it was too good to last. Oh, not the Celebrex...but another medicine that some doctors were giving for the same symptoms...VIOXX!

Once they discovered Vioxx might cause heart attacks, my insurance company refused to cover the cost of Celebrex. Didn't matter that no one taking Celebrex had ever had a heart attack, or that my heart was fine, NOPE - no more Celebrex for me!

Do you know what happens to someone when they are taken off a pain medicine that has been helping? PAIN!!! The only thing my doctor could suggest was 3 Aleeve 3 times a day. I tried it for a while, but it was like taking M&Ms for pain. In fact, M&Ms probably would have worked better! emoticon

Then a fantastic thing happened. My DH turned 60, and since he had served 23 years in the Regular Army and Air Force Reserves, we were able to start using TRICARE health insurance. Guess what? No taboos on Celebrex! emoticon emoticon

My GP sent me to a Pain Management doctor who put me back on Celebrex right away. Funny thing though, I don't know if it was the Celebrex or me, but it didn't work anymore. So, for the last 4 1/2 years, my PM doctors (the first one moved out of town 2 years ago, so I have a new one) and I have been trying different meds, and combinations of meds to see if we could find something to help.

AND, it looks like we finally hit on the right meds and the right dosage. Of course, I think part of my 'cure' has been the exercise I've been doing. The new PM doctor doesn't know why no doctor had ever sent me to PT and told me to exercise and lose weight to help. He said it's been proven to help people with Fibromyalgia.

At this point, I don't really care what the 'magic touch' has been. I just feel like jumping for joy! emoticon emoticon
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    Hi there...I haven't had any personal experience with fibromyalgia though plenty of friends, family members and patients ...and I suspect if I was good about going to physicians...realize nurse's make some of the worst patients...I could probably get that diagnosis. Pain is so personal and physicians find trying to define it difficult at best. My thoughts and personal theory is that when something occurs the body tries to protect...guard against moving that part..shortens the tissue fibers..which eventually keep that position or scar down and that makes the movement increasingly uncomfortable....while also impacting other parts of the body which are having to lengthen fibers to compensate and like fatigued elastic get stretched thin and weaken. Just my theory. The relief of exercise and trigger point injections is that they break down the scarred tissue and lengthen those long shortened fibers which in turn relieves the overworked compensating ones...puts you in better alignment and allows weight bearing to return to what God intended. The medications used with epidurals and injections is anti inflamatory and local anesthetic. This allows freedom for a time from the pain and allows the person to stretch and exercise which hopefully puts you on the road to correct alignment. God bless the physical therapist and physicians that utilize them.
    1829 days ago
    Awesome news, Ramona! So glad to hear you are making progress in so many ways and it is helping!! Great work on your part. Hugs, Jeannie
    1842 days ago
  • JILL313
    Ramona, I am so happy you're almost pain free now and it does sound like losing some weight and exercising now truly helps you feel far less pain. Some days I have pain all over and think maybe I have Fibro myself but I've never even discussed with my Dr. I have osteoarthritis almost everywhere you can get it and still rely on aspirin. I've been on Tramadol and Celebrex and neither one help;ed very much with my pain.

    I am so thrilled and you must feel so good and like a heavy painful weight has been lifted from your body. Just doing chair marching quite often helps lower the pain in my knees which I'm happy about. Enjoy your weekend.


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    1842 days ago
    This is monumental, Ramona! My Mom has fibro so I have watched her battle for my whole life.

    You are amazing. Thanks for sharing your story.
    1843 days ago
    How wonderful that you were pain-free at your last dr. appointment. I've never experienced fibromyalgia so can only imagine what relief you must be feeling. Will continue praying for you as you continue on this long journey towards better health! Hugs! Sharon
    1843 days ago
    Hmmmm. I also have fibromyalgia and was on Celebrex - but just the opposite of what you said I did read articles where there was deaths related to Celebrex. My doctor also removed me from it and I am on alternative medicines. Have been for years. I really hope that it works out for you......and that nothing comes of it. Good luck and god bless. I was put in therapy in water exercising for my pain.

    1843 days ago
    What a blessing! I'm continuing to pray that God keeps answering!! emoticon
    1843 days ago
  • KERI414
    Congratulations! I don't have fibromyalgia, but I do have chronic pain, and exercise is helping me too.
    1843 days ago
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