Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Monday, February 7, 2011

So Far So Good

The wind is blowing like crazy outside and wreaking havoc on my allergies so I am ready for a nap.

I still felt good today, however, the pain was back when I first woke up. Generally it's either pain or too much water the night before that wakes me up.  I was up at 5:30 this morning and was slower getting around.

The cleanse is still going on even though I forgot to drink my tea last night.  I have also been testing my PH balance since I've been cleansing and I am happy to say I am on the alkaline side, which is a good thing.

I am going in for my annual physical in March and I am hoping to have my cholesterol down as well as my weight, but the latter could be a problem since I still can't walk for exercise.

I mentioned in a previous post that my left foot started to bother me when I began walking every night.  I am still recovering from a fracture in my right foot from last year about this time so I have only been walking my neighborhood since about October.  My husband and I added another neighborhood to our walk and I think I must have overdone it. So tired of worrying about that.

It's very difficult to tell whether it's a "true" pain or the enhanced version you get when you have fibromyalgia that's causing my foot to hurt so much.  The doctor said it was inflammation and I took Prednizone for 5 days (which did absolutely nothing). I also soaked my foot in ice water since I can't take ibuprofen.  The pain seems worse and has moved to the arch of my foot.

Doctors are still baffled by fibromyalgia in my opinion.  Many will nod their head like they're listening when you explain that you have this chronic illness, but I don't know that they really have any idea what to do with you.

Now I have to call my doctor back and see if he has any other ideas of what I can take for my foot.  My sister-in-law says I should ask for a Cortisone shot, but I have never had something like that before, so not sure.

I am just happy to feel better at this point so I can deal with the foot thing if I have to.

Until Next Time. :)


Jane Kaylor said...

I have Fibromyalgia and use bi-weekly massage therapy to help keep my pain in check. My therapist uses Tiger Balm and I ended up buying my own for use at home in between appointments. Some days, the pain in my thighs, neck and upper back is so bad, I can’t sit or lay down in any position for more than 5 mins, let alone sleep well, even with narcotic pain meds. Out of desperation, I started to apply Tiger Balm before going to work (I am on my feet for hours) and every night before bed and the RELIEF is REMARKABLE! My muscles get really, really warm and then the pain disappears, almost completely. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING TIGER BALM! (

Christine Burgess said...

Thanks for the tip. I will definitely try it.