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Do you suffer from chronic pain?

Updated on October 17, 2011

Inexpensive pain relief for Fibromyalgia

Do you suffer from chronic nerve pain? I do. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and possible Lupus 7 years ago. I was only 26 years old. After taking every test imaginable, and going to several doctors, that was all they could conclude. At that time, it was considered the "last resort disease". Doctors didn't really understand the disorder, and since they couldn't really tell you what was wrong then you must have fibromyalgia. When trying to explain my condition to friends and family members, I recall feeling like they thought I was crazy and didn't really have a condition. I was prescribed advil, mobic, and of course an anti-depressant. All these medications did for me was destroy my stomach lining, cost me money, and I didnt really feel better. I couldn't afford to keep up on the meds, and the stronger forms of drugs made me sick. We didnt have Lyrica then, and even if we did, I am the 1-3 out of a hundred on the warning lable that gets every side effect. If you can relate to my story, possibly the following information can help you like it has helped me, to keep living life to the fullest regardless of our painful condition.

I have found that you can't just lay down and die. If you don't move your going to hurt and if you move too much your going to hurt. Try to find a happy medium. Yes, it does exist. Make sure to stretch every day, nothing strenuous of course. I found that swimming is the best exercise. It is relaxing, and there is no impact on the body. It also has great benefits; weight loss, development of muscle tone, more flexibilility, and will help you sleep better.

The next thing is medication. Doctors will prescribe you an anti-depressant for a couple different reasons, 1) If a patient is in pain all the time, you can become depressed. 2) They are said to help you sleep. 3) There is an ingredient in the base of the anti-depressant that helps with pain and depression. This can become habit forming, and expensive on the pocket book. What they don't tell you is that you can get the same relief with an over the counter antihistimine. I take 1 Loratidine and a Tylenol arthritis or Aleve every morning at breakfast. I also take 1000mg of pure fish oil everyday. This helps with depression, pain, and any allergies I have. The fish oil is also great for brain and heart function, and pain relief. Fish oil can be taken up to 4000mg a day. It has no bad side effects. My son suffers from ADD/bi-polar disorder and through my research I found that a great alternative to prescription drugs was the fish oil. It helps with depression considerably. Due to my severe body pain, and allergies from the lupus, I don't get much sleep. It is hard to not become depressed. I started taking the fish oil with my son, and I now have more good days than bad. My flares do not last as long, and are not as frequent.

I do not envy any of you out there that suffer from these diseases. I can wholeheartedly relate to the pain suffering. My suggestions are not a cure by any means, but it has truly been a godsend in helping me keep "living". I wish you all the best and that all who suffer may find some relief and comfort as I have from my own remedy.


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    • B Yersak profile image

      B Yersak 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I have never been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but my mother has and we are exploring the possibility of it being an actual problem for me.

      I am afraid of anti-depressants because of the side affects and addictive traits I possess. This is definitely useful and positive information!

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      Allen Williams 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago. At that time it was up in the air if it even existed. Unfortunately there was nothing that would help except some anti-depressants. I guess I just learned to live with it every day. The pain never stops. The greatest pain is that the general public does not understand what you go through and so when you get depressed or happen to be in a bad mood because of feeling pain, you are just labeled as a negative person or a mean person. Maybe I am but I think anyone that has been in pain for 20 years "non-stop" would be a little angry.

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      doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

      Have you tried Sam e? It seems to help with moods and joint pain.