I haven't been on these boards in years,but I'm glad they're still here!
I have been diagnosed with OCD since 2005, and for the most part it's under control. I'd been living my life, going to work, spending time with my friends and family. I am introverted so I enjoy staying in and reading or cruising the web rather than going out. Most of all I loved to exercise. Kickboxing, kettlebells, weights, you name it. Last year I had started running and loved it. Was entering 5ks, getting PRs. Then in May I developed calf pain, and it's been a constant ever since. Not just when I exercise, but from the time I wake up the time I go to bed. It stops me from exercising. I hardly walk without pain. I've been to doctors, had testing and imaging studies, and in fact am still being referred out to rule out more issues. One thing my ortho doc mentioned was myofascial pain syndrome. I haven't been formally diagnosed, but he's brought it up twice now, so I'm doing my research.
I want to start living a lifestyle that assists in pain management now and hopefully will permit me to return to my previous level of activity. Anyone have ideas/suggestions? I hear it's similar to fibro but not the same thing obviously. I haven't been on my psych meds for years but he mentioned the possibility of Cymbalta in the future. I'm ok with that if it will help. I take Mobic which I think keeps a cap on just how painful my legs can get, but is by no means offering relief.
anyone have ideas, suggestions? Things I can start doing now to cope with this? I've never had a chronic medical condition before and I'm awful at it!
My psychiatrist put me on cymbalta for severe depression a few months ago. I'm also on lamictal and topamax for bipolar II, which has worked pretty well for ten years or so. While I no longer feel suicidal, the depression still lingers. My biggest problem is that since starting the cymbalta, my fibromyalgia seems to have gotten much worse. Has anyone else had this problem? I thought it was used to help fibromyalgia. I've also gained almost 40 lbs. Been on 60 mg. for 6 months.
You find yourself beating your shoulder with a household hammer at 5am just to try to get some relief so you can sleep.
(Share your ridiculous attempts at easing the suffering. We've all been there...might as well get a head shake and a hear hear out of it.
I like to animate mine with quick sketches. ..because it soothes my mind, even if my body won't catch on...where's my hammer...)
So my fellow human kind, I am new to this and cannot for the life of me figure out what the hell I am doing so im just going to do this and hope someone knowledgeable can help me. I am thinking of starting a 5-htp but i would like someone to talk to who also take this. I am 24 yrs old and got diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 21, yea I know, that sucks! I have done as much research on this that my brain can handle so I would now like to try word of mouth! I want to know starting doses, effects good and bad, but more importantly how long people use it at anyone time because online it says no more than 12weeks but im sure I read on a forum someone had been using it for years, maybe im wrong.. any who...im hopeless...3..2..1..GO!!
I'm struggling the last few weeks with foot pain and a general increase in overall pain levels. I've had back pain for years now as well as other muscular symptoms; all tests were basically normal, MRI normal, the pain consultant diagnosed it as myofascial pain but apparently not fibromyalgia (although I understasnd the two things are quite similar).
These last 5-6 months I've had increasing foot pain. The GP ruled out plantar fasciitis and some other stuff with blood tests (diabetes, B12, etc) and said it might be down to flat feet and to get some orthotics made. I'm waiting for the orthotics but I don't think they will help as the pain feels nervy rather than mechanical... red feet, burning sensations, aching, etc. The burning used to happen mainly at night but now it is all the time.
Basically I'm not sure what to do. Because of the depression and anxiety issues I feel the physical pain doesn't get taken seriously when I talk to doctors. The first thing they want to do is talk about psychological causes and treatments which is fine, I accept the connection between the mind and body, but treating the mind isn't making my real physical pain any better. Lately I can't even enjoy basic things like going for a walk due to the pain which is making me MORE depressed and the pain killers I'm given (codeine based) are not as effective as they were a few years back.
I would like the foot pain investigated further to rule out some kind of nerve issue. I would also like more effective pain relief, whether that is in the form of nerve meds (lyrica?) or pain killers (opiates?) I don't care as long as it works. How do I get this taken more seriously by the doctor?