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Fibro Feelings – Back Attack

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Recently my back has been out of whack. I’ve forgotten how I slightly tweaked it originally, but last Friday it was starting to feel better again. I was so excited that I decided to try to ride the stationary recumbent bike for a bit. I wasn’t completely sure if trying to exercise was a smart idea, but I also wasn’t sure it wasn’t. Usually I ride for 40 minutes, but just 14 minutes in my back was hurting with each pedal. This was just before the part of my program where the big climb starts, so I knew I had to stop. I was so bummed, but also happy I’d gotten my heart-beat up for a bit. I usually have a good gauge on what is too much physical activity for my body to handle, but when anything is slightly off, I have a much harder time. Since biking, my back has returned to how it felt before Friday.

I took it very easy on Saturday, but on Sunday afternoon I had lots to get done. The Helpful Hubby ran some errands with me and I was so happy to have him to drive. It started raining pretty hard and with the added back pain from accelerating, moving lanes and turning corners in the car I wouldn’t have felt as alert. In between some of the errands I went to my local Arthritis Walk committee meeting. During the meeting we were talking about trying to get some mascots to come and it was mentioned that the Old Country Buffet has a bumble bee mascot. Did you know that?! I did not.

My back was starting to hurt a little more and I was wondering if I would need to take a pain killer. I made it until Wednesday morning, 1:10 AM. I’d been in bed, with a pillow between my legs, trying to sleep for over an hour. That entire hour was filled with me tossing and turning, trying to find a way to ease the pain enough for me to fall asleep. I was having painsomnia, as some of my Twitter friends like to call it. I had known that might happen and had put a bottle of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain killers on my bed stand before getting in bed. I took one and as soon as it kicked in, I fell asleep.

I’ve also been stretching and using my heating pad and Sombra Natural Pain Relieving Gel for relief. If I don’t start feeling better soon a massage will be my next course of action. I gave The Helpful Hubby quite a scare today when I let out a quick “AAHHH!” in response to intense back pain I got after taking a deep breath. He was in a different part of the house and didn’t know what had happened. Oops!

When your back hurts, is there one part of it that hurts worse?


The lower right side of my back is the most painful area, currently*

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Comment from Sarah
Time April 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Around my ribs, anywhere really close to bone.. really hurts me. :(


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks for sharing your more painful spots, Sarah.


Comment from Pamela
Time April 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hello! I’m visiting from the UBP but I’m a new follower because I have been suffering from fibromyalgia for years. I’m looking forward to hearing new insights and helpful hints.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Welcome, Pamela! I tried to go to the blog listed in your info, but got a message saying the page didn’t exist. Do you blog about fibromyalgia too?


Comment from Gini
Time June 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm

It seems if I dont have the all over achy flu thing that all my pain radiates down my right side from the base of my head to my tingling fingers and toes. Beause of this I originally thought I had sciatica. When there were no pinched nerves found I went home hanging my head and dealt with the pain until I had the guts to inquire about Fibro.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

That sounds very painful, Gini. After you inquired about it, where you diagnosed with fibromyalgia?


Comment from Gini
Time June 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Yes. My Primary Care did refer me to a Rheumatologist and I did finally get the confirmed diagnosis that after much internet research I was confident I had.


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