I am still trying to get used to this site, so please bare with me here. I go to a chiropractor once a week. I feel better for about 3-4 hours after I go to her. She taught my mom a technique that is suppose to help with headaches and god bless her all she wants me to do is to feel better, but I am worse than ever. it is recommended that I get a botox shot in the suboccipital region of my head(which is the back of the head)--since all the "other" shots from the pain doctor didn't work--Has… read more
Hot Epson salt baths, easy yoga stretching, meditation, no impact exercise like short walks, very lite massages, low doses of anti-inflammatory meds. No stress. Watch the foods you eat. You might be sensitive to food or spices. Drink cinnamon, or sleepy time tea.
I happen to be a Chiropractor myself and that's good to hear. Ask her if she's hear off or has tried using some of the reflex techniques? My personal Chiro uses an adjudicator, instead of manual manipulation on me with good results. There is also DeJarnette's reflex techniques, he's from Nebraska and has books available. I was in a serious car accident that did not do my cervical and upper thoracic spine much good. I'm tough to adjust ^-^
@A MyFibroTeam Member Hi. I just noticed there was more to your question, that you had more than one question....like: What has helped you with pain? Sorry about that. Anyhow, one thing that really helps me is self hypnosis/meditation. I know to some people that that might sound a little strange or hard to do. It really isn't. I don't know what kind of cell phone you have, but you can get online and D/L free meditations/hypnosis for pain, anxiety, etc., to your cell or laptop. I use YouTube. If you go to YouTube, and search Lilian Eden, you'll find several with different topics. She is one of the BEST. I downloaded almost all of her meditations to my desktop. Here's what I do: I put earplugs in (they're plugged into my laptop where the meditations are), I go to my bedroom and make sure I turn off any 'outside' noise (I usually have a fan running but it has to go off), then I choose which meditation to use. Lilian Eden has meditations like: 'Letting Go of Yesterday'; 'Psychic Release: Daily Energy Cleanse'; 'Past Life Therapy'; 'Gateway to the Astral World'......things like that. I'm not sure if these meditations are for you, your type, but I find her voice to be relaxing, calming. They're all about an hour. My favorite is Gateway to the Astral World. Even if you aren't able to follow through completely with her meditations, you will still come out of them relaxed. There are so many meditations on YouTube that you just have to find what works for you. There are many meditations for pain, chronic pain, RA, etc. I can relate to the TMJ and arthritis. I can't do anything about my TMJ, though, as insurance does not cover TMJ care, and I sure don't have the money. So, I just deal with it. My jaw locks open sometimes, and lately, it's been locking closed. Anyhow, if meditation/self hypnosis is something you are into or want to try, just go to YouTube and type in Lilian Eden. It'll show all of hers. OR, type in 'meditations' and 'self-hypnosis' and try to find what fits you. Takie care of yourself. If you have any questions or just want to talk, you can always email me at [[email: [[email: (Email address can only be seen by the question and answer creators) :-) (That goes for anyone else, too.)
Hi there. Sorry to hear you're not doing so well. Yes, I have actually had corticosteroid injections in my TEMPLES when I had my tension headaches (this was back in 1999 when pain management was still able to sedate with Demerol). Anyhow, yes, I have had Botox, too, injected into my thoracic spine area AND my shoulders and back of neck/lower head area. If you have an experienced doctor that knows what he/she is doing, Botox can help. If nothing else has really helped you, then yes, I would suggest trying it at least. The Botox injections should last anywhere from 2-3 months. Botox has been known to be extremely helpful when it comes to headaches. Just make sure you trust your doctor that is going to do the injections. And remember, IF you have any type of side effects from the Botox (like with me in the thoracic spine....if not done right, one can end up with 'angel wings', where the shoulder blades stick out), it is only temporary and WILL wear off over time, usually the 2-3 months. You should not have any type of droopiness if they're done in the back of the head/neck area, though. Keep me posted and let me know what you decide to do. Take care.
@A MyFibroTeam Member, oh my gosh you are identical to me with all your pain! Yes, I do Botox for my migraines, it has helped me tremendously! There was a mix up with insurance so I went without for 2 years and guess what the migraines returned! I am getting ready to start them again and I can't wait! I know your post was a couple years ago so I hope within that time you started Botox and it's helping! Good luck!
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