hi! im wondering if anyone knows what type of cane is best for people whos joints hyper extend? (im not sure if i have eds i just know my joints hurt alot) cause i want to get a cane since i think it would help when my knees hurt too bad, my gi pain gets bad and i cant stand very well, and when im feeling faint but need to continue on with my day. im just worried that my wrists will hurt too bad from using a cane, any tips?
Does anyone else deal with severe stiffness and pain in the joints in your hands and wrists, and in your ankles, especially worse in the morning? I can't even open a bottle of water or my pill bottle. Not only does it hurt really badly but it's so stiff that my fingers refuse to put enough pressure on the bottle to move it.
How do I manage all my stress? I'm starting a new semester at college with a full load of classes that I have to keep getting A's in. I have to take a full load and get A's to keep my scholarships, and without scholarships, I can't go to college. (I can't get loans, that's not an option). I also can't take a break from college or anything like that. I am also in multiple student organizations that also help me get scholarships and prepare me for my career. I do volunteering and attend meetings. On top of this, I also need to start studying for grad school entrance exams and applying to grad school. I also need to work on a research project with a mentor. I also need to talk to more professors more often and get on their good sides so I can get rec letters from them. I also have a job where I tutor and do freelance in my free time so I can afford my rent. I am also trying to work out more often so my doctors will take me seriously. I also take care of my parents. On top of all that, I have Celiac Disease and must research all my meals, I have arthritis and other chronic pain, I have anemia, and I also have painful periods. I also get open wounds and infections very often. I'm also immunocompromised. My health requires a lot of care and I get tired easy. I would also like to have a social life of at least some type, or else I will go insane. Any tips for managing everything? I already make to-do lists and planners so I worry less, but it's still just so much I have to do.
What are some pain relief ideas I can use to relieve pain in my upper back? The pain is around both of my shoulders and my neck. I don't think my pain requires anything strong even though it has been persisting for several months already. It feels very sharp, tingly, and tense. If I take Aleve or Tylenol I get some temporary relief but the problem is that it wears off fast (under 4 hours). I used to have a heating pad (one of the ones filled with beans you can warm up) but unfortunately it broke. I'm open to suggestions about good creams or pain patches to use. I've been using Salonpas but it doesn't do much. I have a patch on right now and forgot about it since I don't feel any relief from it. I spend a lot of time laying down so I don't think anything I'm doing is exerting my back (I don't do strenuous exercise or lifting) but I guess it's possible it could be coming from my position? And I don't carry a shoulder bag. The pain is really bad right now, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Can anyone recommend any medications to ask my doctor about? Paracetamol rarely ever even touches my chronic pain so I have codeine for when it gets extremely bad but I have nothing for those middle ground days where I'm definitely in tons of pain but it's not enough to take the codeine.
24F 5'0 95 LBS What other options should I look for? I have gradual shoulder blade pain on my right side that follows my dorsal scapular nerve. It started almost 3 years ago now and it was tolerable until about 8 months ago, things went from about 3/10 on average to about 6/10 or 7/10 all the time, sometimes 8/10 or 9/10 depending on the day and what I do at work or during the day. I've never been in an accident or done anything to my shoulder that I woke up one day in severe pain, like I said it's been gradual. My left side will occasionally hurt due to overuse because I can't use my right side that much. It affects my everyday life at this point and I have lost multiple jobs. My doctors obviously do the basic test to see if I can still use my arm and I can do things but I can't perform a lot of daily and work life things but that doesn't seem to matter as they just keep sending me to physical therapy as that seems to be the fix all. The physical therapist have said that my arm is below average for strength on my middle trapezius being a ⅗ back 3 months ago when it was stronger and that it seems like nerve damage. This is the 3rd physical therapist that has said this. I have also had an osteopathic doctor, and a couple ortho ER doctors tell them this when I went in due to the unbearable pain. . I cant lift my arm above about the 90 degree point without pain and feeling like there's a block from my side.. from the front I can go pretty much all the way, my neck is usually super stiff and sore, there will be a shot from my neck area that feel electric down my arm to my fingers then they will get so tingly it hurts then they go numb, my shoulder blades stick out from my back. When I have my arm out at my side about the 90 degree angle and I try to rotate it back I feel and hear a bunch of crunching and it hurts. I have minimal grip strength to the point where I can barely open a bottle of pop or something similar. Whenever my s/o tries to give me a back massage somedays it hurts so much that just the weight of his hand is unbearable yet my doctors are kind of nonchalant about this whole thing. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? Could it be a pinched nerve or something similar but further down on my spine? Do I keep pushing my doctors or trying physical therapy despite it not really working? All my meds don't really help other than the migraine ones. I still get them occasionally but nearly as much. I don't drink or smoke. I do about 15 MG of THC edible about 4 times a week. I have no idea what to do anymore as it's getting worse. Meds I take: Ketorolac- 10MG Prochorperazine- 5MG Naproxen- 500MG Maxalt (as needed) 10MG Topamax 75mg Zanaflex 4mg (3×) Testing I've had done Cervical MRI: IMPRESSION: 1. No cervical spinal mass lesions or evidence of neurofibroma formation. The cervical spinal cord appears normal. No areas of pathologic enhancement are seen. 2. Very minor bilateral C2-3 facet sclerosis and minimal spurring with slight narrowing of the bilateral C3 foraminal. 3. No significant spondylosis. No disc protrusions or central canal stenosis. Brain MRI IMPRESSION: Brain MRI 1. Unremarkable MRI appearance of the internal auditory canals and associated structures. No acute pathology is seen. 2. Unremarkable MRI appearance of the bilateral mastoid air cells and remainder of the temporal bone structures. 3. Solitary ovoid area of signal change in the superior right frontal subcortical white matter measures up to 0.7 cm with some central cystic change and no associated enhancement or reactive edema appears indeterminate in nature. Short-term contrast-enhanced MR surveillance is recommended in 3-4 months. 4. Otherwise unremarkable contrast-enhanced MRI of the brain. Shoulder MRI IMPRESSION:1. Very mild tendinosis within the distal supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendon fibers without a focal tear. 2. No labral tear identified on non arthrogram imaging
does anyone else procrastinate doing chores because of chronic pain?
I am seeing a new doctor on Tuesday (a new primary care). Seems like a good time reassess how I’m managing my health. I want to stop taking lyrica, but that combined with naltrexone is the only thing that has come remotely close to managing my fibro pain. Are there any vitamins or supplements or natural/homeopathic things that have helped y’all in place of lyrica that I can talk to the doc about? Or any lifestyle changes (diet, specific types of PT, etc.). I can’t afford acupuncture right now, but do see a chiropractor regularly.
I really need to no if it will ever be possible to get a correct diagnosis? I suffer from fast heart rate no matter what I do , High BP, fatigue, chest pain , shortness of breath , headache and dizziness. I even get light headed and have am that weird car sick feeling in my chest head and body had blood test ran they came up some what normal but non of my dr will do anything else and my symptoms are lasting longer the past few months What do I do ?
Has anyone tried Lidocaine infusions? If so, what was/were your experience(s)?
what do NSAIDs do for fibromyalgia?
How does everyone manage pain with under/overstimulation? struggling with that at the moment 😅
I crashed skiing today (I sit ski, a type of adaptive skiing), and dislocated my wrist and shoulder and tore a ligament in my forearm. I can’t use my crutch in that side right now and I can’t walk without my crutches. I have a wheelchair fitting in a few weeks but what do I do now? I can sort of hobble around my house with one crutch but it’s very painful and won’t be enough for classes on Monday (I’m in college)
I want to start by saying that I have a leg thats about an inch shorter than the other. I experience chronic ankle pain in my right, that flares up even when walking the short mile from school to my house. This summer I'm going on a trip to Disney, which, yknow, contains a load of walking. I'm kind of scared, I don't know what to do. I'm considering getting a cane and inserts for my shoes to even my hips out, but don't know if that'll help. Any tips??
im starting pregabalin next Tuesday. its 75mg 2x daily. how long does it take to notice a difference. i have a follow up on April 12th to increase the dose. will it take a while to notice the difference in pain? (please note i dont give a f about weight gain side effects im only interested in when i should expect a noticeable difference in pain.)
Has anyone else ever been fired for a job due to health issues? This could be mental and/or physical.
Hi people! i hope everyone is doing good (atleast sort of), I was wondering if anyone had any remedies for increased pain / joint dislocation from EDS?
the goal does of Lyrica my dr wrote in my chart is 300-450mg (starting dose 75mg). anyone on this goal dose who found it helping with the pain?
I deal with pain continuously from degenerative bone disease and fibromyalgia, but finding a doctor, including the so-called pain doctors that will prescribe pain medicine has become impossible. Is there anyone in the Pittsburgh, Pa area who knows of a doctor who will help?
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