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Fibro Feelings – Back Pain & Icing

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I haven’t been sleeping well the last few days and have also been having horrible back pain in the morning. This pain starts when I first awake in bed (usually around 6am) and lasts until the afternoon.  The pain is dull and radiates through out my whole back, making leaning down to feed Squeaky his breakfast very painful. On top of that, last night in bed and today out of bed I have been having lots of shooting pains all over – toes, breasts, stomach, etc.. So annoying and uncomfortable!

I had plans with a friend to see her new apartment and catch up at night. I hadn’t seen her since before my trip, so it had been awhile. If I didn’t have plans with her I probably would have taken a pain killer. I really wanted to not be on medicine while driving though and to be able to enjoy a martini with her. My friend was nice enough to offer to reschedule when I told her I wasn’t sure how long into the night I was going to make it. She understands the need to reschedule plans, suffering from IBS herself.  I told her I wanted to keep our date since I wouldn’t be able to reschedule for another two weeks.

Since I went without meds I iced my back with an huge ice pack a few times in the afternoon. Icing considerably helped the pain and increased my ability to get things done for about 1.5-2 hours each time. I went straight from icing to the kitchen sink to get some dishes done while I was still numb and succeeded!

The time with my friend went well and was without too much pain. I had my car seat heaters on while driving to and from her place. While at her apartment I saw an amazing sunset with the reddest sun I’ve ever seen! By the time I went to get my camera, the sun had slipped behind the buildings, but it is a mental image I won’t soon forget!

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My big ice pack - a hot/cold therapy gel pack


Comment from Darleen
Time August 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I do not notice any mention of exercise or nutritional investigation to manage your Fibromyalgia. I have found that exercise is the prime attack for the pain – yes even when you feel you cannot take one step. Yoga and walking are my favorite to get started. The best for me is a hot tub and then dip in swimming pool – not always available unfortunately. I used to do DanceFit, that was great fun and helped – it has since disappeared.
What exercises and nutritional tweaks have you tried?


Felicia Fibro Reply:

I have a couple entries about biking on my site, use the word “Biking” in the tag cloud to pull them up. I usually bike (mountain, road or recumbent), walk or stretch. I’ll be talking about yoga in an upcoming entry soon. I agree, moving and exercising is crucial to feeling well with fibromyalgia! I have tried some nutritional adjustments over the years, but didn’t find that they worked for me. Which adjustments helped you, Darleen?


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