I have muscle pain and tightness in my back that is so bad nothing relieves it when it flares up. I do have a back injury with several discs herniated. I take flexeril, codeine, cymbalta, lyrica, and robaxacet every single day. I wear a TENS machine on my back continuously for my ENTIRE 12 hour shift when I work. I use heat and ice. I have bought acupressure mats, acupressure balls, massage rollers, a thumper, ice roller.....
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Your pain is debilitating. I struggled for years thinking there was no way I could live off of disability pay. But I finally had to. We adjusted. Certainly not where we thought we’d be financially, but the pain, fatigue, and brain fog was making work difficult and quality of life unbearable. Now I do some online sales. I set my own hours and rest whenever I need to. I don’t have a boss that doesn’t understand any more.
A treatment I don’t see addressed here is regular aerobic exercise. I started out in an easy water aerobics class and moved to a more advanced class as I progressed. It has made a gigantic difference. I still take a lot of the medicines that you listed, but exercise has been a game changer. I know you probably feel you are too tired to exercise, but start slow anyway. It will give you more energy, and can be a regular social outlet with others that suffer from chronic pain. Stretching alone is not the best exercise for fibro. Aerobic exercise has been proven to help.
Feel better. 🤗
I have spasms and pain in my upper back and shoulders when I have a flare. Your problems are in a different category. Nothing you've tried so far is helping. This pain is unrelenting and life-altering. What are you willing to do that won't further burn your back or make you numb from using a TENS machine? You are obviously desperate and want relief. You do have options, but you'll probably need help from some kind of specialist or a pain clinic. There are creams that can be prescribed. I've heard of, but have never used, some very powerful creams that kill pain. Maybe you need surgery. Perhaps bio-feedback would help. These are just a few of the many tools pain specialists have. You might need a Spine Specialist. I did see one of these and they can do amazing things. Please don't lose hope and please don't hurt yourself anymore in your desperation to find relief. ❤
Have you tried taking any supplements? I take several that are anti inflammatory. They have helped me be able to function. I was homebound and basically bedridden before taking them. I order from puritans pride because they are cheaper and good quality. I take co q 10, alpha lipoic acid, oil of oregano, garlic oil, L glutamine and turmeric. I also take magnesium and potassium because fibro depletes our bodies of them. I also take acidophylus which is a pro biotic that helps keep the yeast levels down that causes leaky gut that most of us have. I know it is alot but they have helped me function most days. My cousin is a nutritionalist and she told me what to take. I hope this helps. I am here if you have any more questions. Hugs
I do not have psoriasis.
And I have stopped naturopathic treatment. After a year and a half of COMPLETELY changing my diet and taking every supplement, powder and dropper that 3 different naturopaths recommended, I have realized that it does not work for me. I spent thousands and thousands in one year on treatments, food and supplements. I actually got worse, but have gone back to my baseline since I stopped treatment. I am NOT putting down naturopathic treatment, just saying it didnt work for me.
The other part of your question is most of us suffer from major back pain with sharp, dull, burning, pins and needles, and tightness. If pain pills are not working, do not take them. It is a waste of money and gives you side effects that you do not need. Try the other suggestions instead. Of course you would have to wean off of those meds. First, find someone or even online that sells the cream and if it gives you relief then quit those that do not help.