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8/7/13 12:30 P

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Sorry about your bladder infection; hope it clears up soon.

My kidney infection seems to be gone so I'm back to the *normal* aches and pains.


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8/6/13 8:02 P

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I just had a bladder infection and the meds kicked me around the corner. Good luck and hope you are well soon.
I did read that baths are bad for bladder and kidney infections. What a major bummer, as I live in my bathtub after a long day at work. I might just skip that suggestion:) Blessings to all.

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7/18/13 12:53 P

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Update:

The good news: I wasn't having a fibro flare at all.

The bad news: I have a kidney infection. So even though I feel lousy, I know that when the antibiotics kick in, I'll feel better. With a flare, it seems to be a crap shoot as to whether anything will make it feel better.

So I guess having a kidney infection is actually the good news. emoticon

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7/18/13 3:17 A

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I hope it helps... I do think this has got to be one of the best teams there is when it comes to support and understanding.
don't know about you, but there ARE times when I need a little kick in the backside too, and all I have to do is ask! LOL

glad you're feeling a bit better...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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7/15/13 4:39 P

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I agree. This is a really supportive team! :)

Good point about the exercise. I was on a walking program, which I dropped temporarily (lots of reasons.) I DO recall that I felt better overall when I was on it. If there's a break in this awful heat we're having here in DC, I'll pick it back up. (Walking at night is risky where I live, and even so, it's STILL hot and muggy at night. The heat and humidity make me really sick.)

I SWEAR by the epsom salt baths. I even make my own bath salts with different essential oils focused on pain and emotional symptoms. Some of my favorite oils: arnica (pain), lavendar (emotional state/relaxation), orange (emotional state), pine (warming), patchouli (warming.) Most times, though, I just dump the salts in the bath and go. I make the bath salts when I'm not feeling crummy. LOL!

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7/14/13 5:09 P

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Thanks for the long reply. You have several good ideas and I'm going to do those stretches; in fact I already started and I can tell the difference already. The flare seems to be subsiding so I made a fuss for nothing. It is just that I've found a level of comfort and the idea of going back to the early "bad" days sends me for a loop.

I appreciate all the support I've gotten here. It can be so hard to know who you can share with how miserable you are because non-fibromites just can't get it and after a while stop being supportive. It is nice that I can come here and get some sympathy and suggestions.

Thanks!

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7/14/13 3:47 A

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NSAIDS?

They're worth a try if you can handle them... if it's JUST fibro, they won't help much but if there's an inflammatory element involved, it might. Otherwise, there's always Tylenol...

... plus...

You do need to stretch, as hard as that sounds... the less you do, the longer the flare-up will last and the worse it will get.

I know it seems impossible right now, but I also know If I can do it, emoticon . We may have to work through tears, but it's the only real solution I've ever found that actually works.
A shower will work to warm up the muscles if you can't handle a bath, then walk in place (or any VERY light cardio, to get the blood flowing), do your stretches--GENTLY AND SLOWLY and NOT TOO MANY--maybe a quarter of what you're used to doing... just get moving. Then you might consider laying down with a few ice packs. Sounds counter-intuitive but if the NSAIDs help, then there's an inflammatory response involved as well as the fibro, so you'll notice the difference if you numb those muscles up and slow down that response...

I can't take NSAIDS... bad kidneys and allergies! emoticon

And I have arthritis now too! AGH! lol.

And oh yeah, also be sure you're drinking an adequate amount of water, dehydration can make it worse too...

Last but certainly not least, talk to your doctor or pain specialist about treatment options. That's what your medical team is supposed to be there for!...

Hope you feel better soon, I think we all know JUST how miserable it can get, believe me!
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Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 7/14/2013 (04:00)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

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7/11/13 6:51 P

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Those are some good ideas. Unfortunately, I can't get out of the tub yet so the bath is out but I should do my serious stretches and not just the ones at the end of a workout. Stretching gave me a 2 year remission of fibro pain a few years ago and I should really get back into it.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I like the idea of just floating in a pool. I wouldn't even need the noodles, I'm still fat and fat floats. Grin

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7/11/13 4:54 A

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Since its summer, if possible, I suggest putting a water noodle under your arms & letting your body just hang in a pool, ocean, etc. You will be weightless while in the water. Takes pressure off every muscle. emoticon

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7/11/13 12:55 A

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love hot baths

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7/10/13 8:11 P

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That's what I'd do. Bath with epsom salts and then gentle stretching afterward. The warm water will heat and relax your muscles so they'll be more pliable when you stretch. Also another thought I had was getting in a course of NSAIDs if you are not already on one. 800mg ibuprofen a day is what my doctor used to recommend for me during flares. Take it with a meal so it won't upset your stomach.

I do hope you feel better soon. Flares are the worst!

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7/10/13 7:58 P

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Stretching helps, and you might want to soak in a hot tub with epsom salts before bed.

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7/10/13 6:44 P

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I am in the worst flare I've had for years. Basically everything between my hips and shoulders are tight and in pain. I can't even walk upright. And I'm getting neck spasms.

I've been going straight to bed when I get home from work so I haven't been eating dinner. I expect I'll have some weight loss this week but it hard to do it this way. I get really nauseous when I'm too hungry but despite being hungry, I can't bring myself to eat.

I'm just whining I guess. It is just that I haven't had such a bad flare for years and it is lasting for days, nearly a week so far. I remember when my flares lasted months and I fear that I'm starting another cycle of that.

Any suggestions for making the flare end?

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