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5/15/12 3:48 P

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yes, RedRose, ADVIL is an NSAID type pain relief medication.

k... I am using some Capsacin patches for my left shoulder that has weak, painful muscle connections on every muscle group going into the shoulder joint and arthritis in the left shoulder.
I am working on limbering it up more and more and glad to say that in several weeks I have gotten it so I can raise my left hand from 8 inches out front of body to high enough now to shut off the lightswitch on the wall without pain. Shoulder will not allow for lifting arm up above shoulder now.
During the winter, which are long in these parts, the cold and storm ( atmospheric changes) really do a number on the pain levels , especially with this shoulder.
It is very disheartening and limited just about every thing you can do ...... you don't realize it til it happens. This developed rapidly in the last few years but especially in the last year it became much worse. It has been very difficult to do chores or even reach up for anything because of how severe it became and how weak the muscles are now. I used to be so athletic. I could easily berate myself with bad self talk, but that never helps.

I am going to research getting a shoulder replacement if the glucosamine chondroitin doesnt help the shoulder joint more. This will take a long time , as it has been like pulling teeth trying to find doctors in my area who are capable and gee, willing? I am still at about square 1 on this matter regarding several health issues.

I will continue working on it to limber up those muscles and to keep my right shoulder and arm strong enough for basic things. It is showing signs of doing the same thing. I will try and prevent that if I can.

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4/15/12 9:48 P

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Dear RedRoseMarie, how did the pain coverage work --- and have you had your surgery?
I would be interested what worked for you to put in my "bag of tricks" to fight fibro. I am so convinced that we need to be strong personal advocates for ourselves - to put on paper what we have, what we take for situations and if Dr is planning a procedure put that paper in front of them and ask what can I take, not take and what do you suggest for pain control, comfort, natural means of helping myself??? Amazing what they will tell you.

I had major dental work last year and the dentist thanked me for telling him I took daily fish oil and vit e because both are blood thinners and he wanted me to stop them three days before and resume them the night after the extractions and to let him know how that worked with my fibro ---so often Drs will respond favorably when they see we are trying to care for ourselves and want to work with them - not against them. Know your body and state it loud and clear. Paper and pencil get results.

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4/11/12 2:04 P

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What about something topical, like arnica gel or Biofreeze? I know your pain is likely very bad, and these are no real match for it, but perhaps it can help take the edge off until after your surgery.

Also, does heat ever help you? I'd be lost without my moist-heat pack!

Edited by: GIRANIMAL at: 4/11/2012 (14:05)

4/10/12 12:47 P

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Thank, yes it does. I never thought tot call the pharmacy though. Good Idea!

4/10/12 11:35 A

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Hi Lis, does Advil contain NSAIDS? If you can't find anything call your pharmacy and they will give you some suggestions. Hope you find a solution

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4/9/12 10:15 A

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I am a stress and pain eater, and I have been scheduled for surgery---no NSAIDS for a couple weeks prior to surgery. Anyone have a reccomendation (besides Tylenol) to help? I have a lot of arm and shoulder, hip and knee pain, as well as headaches. Bad waether makes it much worse.


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