Saturday, June 02, 2012


Ever since Christmas when I got sick, my lower back and hips have been just killing me. Not sharp pain, but a dull throb, which then makes my legs ache like the dickens.

Supposedly with Fibro (I'm new to this), the best thing you can get is restorative sleep. But how in the heck can you do that when everything aches or itches and you can't get comfortable? I don't know how people can live with chronic pain, I really don't. It completely wears you down.

The options for treatment are limited. I don't want to take nerve blockers. The potential side effects are unattractive. I don't want to take narcotics. I have to function.

I'd been getting by with aspirin or advil, but that started messing up my digestive system. After not having pooped for 5 days, I broke down and made an appointment with a back center that specializes in patients that have pain from fibro.

Now I'm kicking myself for not having done this sooner. Seriously. I went and had my spine decompressed (my back wasn't "out", I had full range of motion, just that persistent ache).

They strap you tight on a table and it pulls you gently and holds it for about 15 minutes, stretching your spine and taking pressure off your discs. You're sore as all get out afterwards the first couple of times, but boy was it worth it!

I've been pain and advil-free for 10 days now after two visits. The itching is still a problem, but I've had the best sleep that I've been able to have for months.

Hubby and I are running away to a mountain resort on Monday. Little Guy is going away to camp and the Aspiring Adult moved into his own apartment yesterday.

This is the first time in a long while that we've been able to get away alone. He's going for a conference, so his days will be busy, but we'll have the evenings to ourselves. Woohoo! Hope you guys have a wonderful week!



KittyDobson said...

I have fibro too and its a difficult thing to balance. I'm 23 and so the hurt i find really fristrating especially when i haven't done anything to cause it. You should look into lyrica and cymbalta which are awesome, and for sleep theres something called amytiptaylne, its a low dose antidepressant from the 60s/70s but it actually covers your pain while you sleep!1 Hope this, with you decompression!!

Attila the Mom said...

Thanks, Kitty! Unfortunately, with my heart condition, I'm avoiding Lyrica and anti-depressants haven't helped in the past. You're right---it seems to be a hard balancing act! There's so much I want to do and getting sidelined in the middle of it is annoying as hell!

Webster said...

Enjoy your vacation! Hope your telephone reception is good. Aspiring Adult is alone in his own apartment for the first time - expect calls. LOL

The boys have flown the coop. Now Mama and Papa get to play!

Jeanie said...

I'm glad you found something that helped relieve the pain. Wow, Atilla, you are the queen of rising to a challenge and finding the best way to deal with it. Have a wonderful time on your well-deserved getaway.

Brenda said...

I hope you enjoy every second of your away time with hubby! And pain free of course!

Jennifer Jayhawk said...

Lots of great news!

I have been a migraine sufferer for decades. It literally takes days away from you that you can't get back.

That is amazing that you have gotten some relief and a getaway trip.

Heather said...

I don't know exactly what type of itching your dealing with but I go through times where I itch like crazy. I finally went to the dermatologist and they told me to use Vanicream. You can buy it over the counter at a pharmacy and it is miracle in a bottle. After a couple of days of using it I didn't itch any more. I had tried prescription lotions before and they didn't work, but this did. It is inexpensive so if it didn't work for you you wouldn't be out a lot of money. Have a great trip with your hubby. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Beth said...

Late with a comment – have been away.
Have you tried hydrotherapy? Many people in my class have fibro – they find hydrotherapy not only soothing but it enables them to keep fit. They (like me) can do exercises in the warm water that would be impossible to do on land.
Hope you enjoy your time away!

Chris H said...

I hope you and the hubby had a good time away and your pain is not too bad?

Valerie Marie said...

I wish you a relaxed, painless and joyfull time "en tête à tête" with Hubby.