As I mentioned yesterday I saw a new doctor today. My appointment was at 8:30. I wasn’t called back until 11:15!! However, he stayed in there with me for over an hour! He listened to me, did examinations where he actually touched me (something my other dr hasn’t done in a year) and then he explained to me his findings. When he laid out his plan he talked to both my mom and I about the options. HE LISTENED!!! And one thing about me is I like to have a back up plan. I need to know that if this doesn’t work that you have something else to try. And he did!!!! He let me know we are in this together and he wants me to be healed!! I am impressed so far!! I am going to try and explain to you guys what I was told today and list the new meds! He also had a touch screen diagram of the body to help me visualize what he was talking about. It was sooo freaking cool!!!! Ok so here are a few definitions that will help:
Bursitis-Inflammation of the fluid-filled pads
(bursae) that act as cushions at the joints.
Tendinitis- inflammation of the tissue
connecting muscle to the bone.
I have 3/4 bursain my hip and pelvic area that are inflamed. I also have tendinitis in my lower back and neck area. Carpel tunnel in my wrist and sprain muscles in my legs. What happened to do all of this?? Well let me tell you! Grab some popcorn because this is good…. Fibromyalgia’s nasty self has prohibited my body from healing. It causes random pain alone. The pain keeps me from sleeping to the realm ofhealing. Did you know we naturally sprain and pull muscles daily? For typical people those tears heal in your sleep. Now did you know there are different sleep stages? Yes! You did I bet💁🏾but did you know that healing only takes place in stage 4 of sleep? I didn’t know that… I thought sleep was sleep. And I know I don’t get enough of it. Ok so moving on with today’s science lesson. Fibro pain causes me to not sleep deeply which in-turn doesn’t allow my body to heal. Soooo it’s equivalent to spraining your ankle and it never healing but you keep using it so it keeps getting worse. 🤯 Mind blown right? Who knew 🤷🏾♀️ There is a muscle that sits across your sciatic nerve that often becomes inflamed. The doctor said over 90% of people diagnosed with sciatica actually have an inflamed muscle pushing the nerve and not a disc pinching the nerve.🤯🤯 He believes my panic attacks are being caused by two things 1- actual anxiety due to the pain and not knowing when it will end and 2- cymbalta. He said it could possibly be the tramadol but that those chances were slim.
Below are carts of what my body looks like with the info I found out today.
The Game Plan:
1- Stop Cymbalta
2- Take Norco+ Amitriptyline at night to deepen my sleep realm and promote healing
3- Keep my current exercise at a low impact level ☹️
4- Add additional low impact exercises and stretches
5- Continue Tramadol for pain but lesson dosage from every 3hrs to 6-8🤦🏾♀️
6- Take Naltrexone to block pain receptors
7- Take Lodine for inflammation
8- Prozac and Klonipin as needed for anxiety/panic attacks
9- See him again in a month
This is a lot of medicine!!!! I am not thrilled about it but he ask me to do it his way for a month. My prayer is that I won’t see any negative side effects AT ALL from ANYTHING. I am glad he took me off of cymbalta BUT I’m now not taking anything for fibro just the symptoms of it. He also mentioned Depromedrol shots. I am doing research on it.
I also joined a gym today that has a massage bed. I did 2 painful miles on the bike then got a massage. It hurt and I’m exhausted but it’s for the long run! As I’m typing I notice my breathing getting more heavy and labored as well as my mouth becoming dry. The meds are kicking in. I’m not liking this feeling right now.
I am sure I have left something out so I will let you know later in the week what I forgot and how it’s going!