Fibromyalgia Flare Up Tips To Help Cope With The Pain

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Tips For Coping With A Fibromyaliga Flare
 

Have you ever felt that a Fibromyalgia flare would go on forever?

This week has found me in the most awful shape I have been in, in quite some time.  I am having days, when I feel like it is a great accomplishment just to get breakfast for the family and school taught to my two school aged children.

I had an allergic reaction to a medication on Valentine’s Day and it has just wiped me out.  Naproxen, I used to depend upon this NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) almost every day, but no more.  I will never be able to take this medicine again or any of its close relations.  This is quite a blow to someone who lives with chronic pain & daily headaches.  I will not go into the details of this reaction, but it was NOT pleasant. It literally almost scared me to death. NO JOKE. I assure you.

Now I am in the quandry of, “What can I take for pain?”

I have been on quite the research journey, trying to find natural cures and helps for headaches and pain.
The following are some suggestions that I have found to be mildly helpful.  But I suppose beggars can’t be choosers, now can they?
  • The first thing I have tried is the the old fashioned remedy of putting a bar of soap between the sheets to relieve leg pains.  I found this truly helpful article here:  Soap in the Bed. Now, I can honestly say that this has not been a major help for me…but as they say every little bit helps. I suppose in my humble opinion, that maybe my pain just trumps the soap so to speak.  But I will continue to try this…maybe over time it will help.
  • Next after suffering from a migraine for which I could take NOTHING for relief, I tried drinking green tea. NO GO! It did not help at all.
  • Then I tried peppermint and lavender essential oils on my temples…now there is a little relief there at least!  I did feel marginally better after using the essential oils. The relief was not instant, but after about 30 minutes the pain at least dulled a little.
  • As a last resort a neck massage from my homemedic auto massager.  This also helped a little.
  • After this I just bit the bullet so to speak…took a hot shower and went to bed with a cool rag on my head.  I woke up this morning feeling marginally better, with a few remnants of headache left behind. So I will officially be taking it easy today.
  • I also suffer from terrible insomnia and pain during the night.  Upon the recommendation of my mother, I tried out some banana tea to help with this.  You can find the link to this recipe here: Dr. Oz Banana Tea. I can say that this did little more than just relax me.  I did not really sleep at all, due to the pain that I was in, both headache pain and fibro pain.  But I will be trying it again to see if it does indeed work better on days I am NOT in a major flare up.
Have you ever had to rely completely upon natural medicine for your fibro flares?  I am just prayerful that this flare does not last for weeks or dare I even say a month, as they have been known to do.  I am here to tell you, that it is difficult at best. But you will make it through.  The silver lining in all of this…tomorrow is another day and by God’s grace and mercy I will be here to greet it!



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