Flaring - any natural pain relievers?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by TaniaF, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. TaniaF

    TaniaF Member

    I'm having an awful flare in the neck, scapula (shoulder blade) and back of head. Doctor gave me Tramadol 50, but I'm afraid to take it as I'm super sensitive to meds. Been taking Tylenol to take the edge off and using a heating pad.

    Any other natural pain relievers or natural anti-inflammatories. I think my fibro is getting worse and he said it could be cervical arthritis too. Does Ginger help? I would appreciate any ideas.


  2. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    I have the tramadol 50 mg also. The 50 was waaaay too strong so I cut it in half with a razor blade. I've also taken skelaxin but had to cut that into l/4 tablet size. I tried the Pain RX but felt it did nothing for me.

    I also alternate ice packs and heated rice socks on my neck and shoulder area. Use one to hang down onto my shoulder blades and another to velcroe around my neck to hold it in place. I NEVER answer the door with everything I have to wear!

    And I also use the roll on Hot and Icy to help the pain.[This Message was Edited on 01/02/2013]
  3. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    that looks pretty good and it's for heat or cold. I might order one of those!
  4. TaniaF

    TaniaF Member

    What a coincidence - that may work.

    I'm confused - doctors say to use heat and therapists always say cold. Not sure which is better. I may do both.
  5. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    The cold really helps with the pain. The warmth helps relax the muscles. I used to go to bed every night with a frozen bottle of water stuck in a sock and put either on the back of my neck or on my forehead to help with headache.

    I checked online re: the cervical collar. That's a great buy TODAY only.
  6. jole

    jole Member

    We are all so different! Tramadol works for me. I was taking 50 mg twice a day. Saw a new rheumy and he had me up it to 100 mg three times a day, and I seem to be doing much better. Once the pain is controlled, the mood also improves greatly. But start low, and work up. I have problems with a lot of meds, but this one works for me.

    Heat and massage are my mainstays for the tight, knotted muscles. (Cold gives me a migraine) My kids bought me a shiatzu massage cushion a few years ago, and I love it for the deep, knotted muscles in my upper back and neck. It sits in a chair, and has rollers in the back. About $100 but worth every cent to me. My son hates it. Says it's too harsh for him. Again, we're all so different. If I can't get those muscles to relax, I end up with a migraine. Tried a tennis ball, but can't seem to get it to work for me.

    Hope you find something that works for you~
  7. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    Tramadol and gabapentin work fairly well for me. Also, when my neck & shoulders act up I use something like ice hot and an ice pack together.

    Soaking in a hot tub with 2 cups of ebsom salts for 2o min helps too. Take a big glass of ice water with you to drink while soaking. Then plan to go to bed.
  8. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    Put it in a sock and hold the end at the top of your shoulder, let the ball drop down, and lean against a wall then move the ball around. Be careful though with how hard you press. I developed a lipoma (a large fatty deposit) on my shoulder blade. It comes from being hurt in that area (from the tennis ball).
  9. bct

    bct Well-Known Member

    At least give the tramadol a chance. I've been using it for several years now, 50mgs 4 times a day. Along with neurontin (gabapentin) as needed. My nerve pains are GREATLY reduced.

  10. TaniaF

    TaniaF Member

    Had an MRI last night and holding the results today. Everything is quick here.

    There are degenerative changes in my cervical spine and some stenosis (just a tad worse that 2010's scan). I'm 61 with a family history of major arthritis. I truly think my fibro muscle spams play with my arthritis and headache syndrome which cause a multitude of problems. And when I get everything at one time - Yikes!

    I didn't use the Tramadol (truly afraid of pain meds) but did go on a majority of the supplements under Fibromyalgia in my Encyclopedia of Natural Healing. The first two important supplements were probiotics and Co-Q-10 - along with DMG that my alternative doctor recommends for fibro patients. I'm also going to start on the Guai protocol. I need the expectorant for my bronchial allergies - so it should help both ways.

    I have no idea what to do about the arthritis. I have heard there are diets for arthritis, although not sure if it makes a difference??? I can't take glucosamine/chondrotin because of shellfish allergies. I'll check the book under arthritis too.

    Right now, the neck is a tad better, have better range of motion, but still have the fibro trigger points in the back of the head to content with --this is my headache area. Lower neck and scapula has it's moments. Those are trigger points too!

    So, for me right now, it's supplements, Tylenol and heat. Biofreeze is useful too!

    Thanks all for your thoughts - I always can depend on this board for great ideas.
  11. MsBrandywine

    MsBrandywine Member

    I get the stabbing pains in my collar bone.. and all along the upper neck area too.. and it hurts so bad.. now I can even feel where the muscles tighten right up and when it does.. I always feel like I have to stand straight.. and stretch up to try to get relief.. I find when I get stressed .. or have to hurry and get upset over things.. its like it constantly does it.. sometimes it even goes down in my arm.. then I feel scared that Im having a stroke. but my blood pressure is always good.. I eat a good diet.. not much meat.. no soy.. only wished I could not want sugar.. I know that doesnt help the fibro.. but sometimes ya just want comfort foods!..
    As for meds.. I am afraid to try any of them too for I am so sensitive to them.. and living alone.. is hard.. I don't like side effects!..
    I haven't even been taking the Ibruprofen.. that bothers my tummy sometimes.. I just keep going with my rice pak..

    Dont ya think sometimes it is like the train just travels from one place to another.. is like the whole upper is in a flare up.. and then my whole neck and upper back feels so hot to touch..
    Winter is the roughest time on me it seems.. But I hope You find some good info .. for things to help You.. I will try to get back soon and see what else was offered in respect to natural help..
    Sending healing Hugs,