This cold wheather is killing me!
Jeanette - posted on 11/01/2009
I take a combo pill that has magnesium, calcium, vitamin d, and zinc in it three times a day, and I also have to take potassium every day. I have chronically low potassium, and it tends to make my blood pressure come close to bottoming out. And Carolyn, you are so right about those wild temperature drops. It went from beautiful and 76 on Friday, to cold, windy, and yucky yesterday, back to sunny and halfway decent today. It wasn't exactly warm, but with some sun and the lack of wind, it seemed a lot warmer! The rapid changes in temperatures and pressures did a number on my pain levels too. My knots have knots, especially between my shoulder blades. Even muscle relaxers and pain meds are having very little effect. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband who was more than willing to rub tension relieving lotion on those spots and work at least some of the knots loose. Now he's on baby duty so I can take it easy. I love all those things you mentioned about fall too. It's my favorite season, but a lot of times, I have to enjoy it from inside!
Carolyn - posted on 11/01/2009
I do take 4000uci a day of vitamin D. I know that all of us in the midwest understand the 20 -30 degree drop in weather over night. It really does a number on pain. I absolutly love the fall season. carmel apples, pumpkin everyhting, crisp air, colors, ... But this year it is just killing me. I still love all those things it is just harder to enjoy them without winsing.
Chantal - posted on 11/01/2009
Do you in the midwest take vit D? We lack the sun here in winter. theres a book called vit D cure, written by a MD. I was told by a physio doc to take at least 10,000 icu in winter. Lacking vitD can cause all sorts of ailments including cancer and autoimmune disaeses.I'am always looking to do something different to help as well fight it in my mind because stress does bring on pain..had a busy day yesterday running around . with my vit D and meds I did fairly well for a dreary rainy day in Wi..
Jeanette - posted on 10/31/2009
It's really crazy here in Ohio right now. We went from 76 and mostly sunny yesterday to not even 50 and rainy and gloomy today. It has snowed on past Halloweens here....that NEVER happened when I was a kid! It really seems like the seasons have started to shift to more cold and less warm!
Our son is supposed to be in a Halloween parade today, in my husband's very, very small hometown. I'm really hoping they decide to have it in the town hall or fire hall instead of parading down the street because of this yucky weather. Luke's costume is a penguin, and even with a long sleeved shirt and leggings on underneath, I'm afraid it'll be too much for him. My plan is to layer on as much as I can and make sure I have plenty of meds on hand since we'll be there all day and we'll be close to an hour from home!
Jeanette - posted on 10/30/2009
Carolyn, I am really feeling your pain....literally. I live just one state over from you, in Ohio, and the temps have been so up and down that my body is in a constant state of confusion! I used to love winter, but now I truly hate it! It seems like I can never get warm enough. I start to shiver, and that starts off muscle spasms, not to mention a bone-deep ache that just won't seem to stop. Is it just me, or does winter seem to be the longest of all the seasons in this area? Parts of fall aren't much better, especially those cold, damp days. I really wish we could just skip over the nasty, cold weather!
Christine - posted on 10/28/2009
i put a soft pillow roll under my neck covered with the heating pad and fall asleep like that---and i don't put anything between my neck and the heating pad. but, i don't put it on the highest setting, either. i also rash really easy, i have atopic dermatitis, but i've still never burned myself. two days ago my heating pad died and i haven't gotten out to get a new one yet. it snowed yesterday and i was aching so bad last night.
Lisa - posted on 10/27/2009
i also have the big new ones with thick fussy covering and put a dish towel on the in side between pad and me.it shuts off and i start to hurt wake up turn it back on. im am fair skinned and always get rashed and things just sensitive to things.i guess years of laying on it have not helped either.i can't lay anyway but on back.i also guess being on back is direct pressure anyway as im writting this it's the worse it's ever been. my pain doc says he's seen pt having to have skin grafts from this. The worse part is i was a nurse and know better but ice doesn't work.i take major pain meds and have apain pump so dont know what to do u hurt and u do anything to help.
Chantal - posted on 10/26/2009
Hello ladies, I understand your pains and aches..I too suffer with fibro also Myofachia pain syndrome..I'am in pain all the time. I take Lyrica which helps and numbematone which helps with inflamation. I do not take pain meds as I hate them. I applied for a scholarship to the local y.m.c.a and I have a routine that really helps .I go into the sauna till I sweat, oh that really warms and relaxes.Then I go into the theraphy pool and strech afterwards I go back into sauna to dry and it really helps me move and feel better. You may not have a y near you but a lot of hotels and resorts with pools and suanas have outside classes and membership. I live in Wi and it gets really cold here.But I really want to move. I've had this for over20yrs, started with a car accident. I prefer to heat up lavender bag in micro.My sis in law had to have skin grafing from burns so bad on her back from heat pad. I have one but rarely use it. I also just read a book written by a MD with fibro called "freedom from Fibromyalgia" by nancy selfridge,m.d.its how to conquer pain. its good. She healed herself of it. anyway hope that helps...
Christine - posted on 10/26/2009
lisa, how are you ending up getting burned if your heating pad shuts off automatically? i got a new heating pad awhile back, since i go through them faster than other people!LOL! it is really nice. it is larger than normal and has a fuzzy, soft outer covering (not removeable). it doesn't get stiff when it cools down like other heating pads do since it is not vinyl with a cheap cloth cover. i put a rolled feather pillow under my neck, covered with the heating pad at night when i go to sleep. the heating pad automatically turns off after a while. it has sure helped my neck pain at night. and i've hardly woken up with a headache since i started doing this.
Lisa - posted on 10/25/2009
I live in Texas so it never gets that cold but I stoll feel it to my bones.It's a deep ache u can't get rid of even with pain meds.Please be careful with heating pads,I can say that as a heating pad addict(my pain doctor told my daughter -in-law to go to my house and remove all heating pads like taking crack from a crack head and get rid of them--he's real funny) I have 2 degree burn most of the time but it is the only thing that helps.I am in the bed about 85% of the time and it;s always on it has auto shut off and if by chance i am sleeping i wake up and turn it back on.Yes he's right i have extra on hand in case my breaks.I am or was a nurse so i know how bad it is but can't stop. I can't imagine living somewhere where it's really cold.I don't know agout u but it's like even heating the room doesnt get to the bone pain.they do have those heated lap pads and heating blankets. also there is a bed mattress pad that heats to but doesn't get real hot like heating pad.In winter we put mattress pad thats heated on then i have 2 heatingpad and electric blanket.Once i smelled smoke and fire dept came they had this camera that showed all wiring they called me over and said what do u have on ur bed.It was a mass of wires. i said welcome to my world.sorry rambling really did n't help u any.
Christine - posted on 10/11/2009
sometimes in the mornings, after i take my pain pills, i get in my rocking chair, put the heating pad beahind my back and neck, and a heating blanket over my legs and lap with another blanket over it to hold the heat in. i always have to wear socks---even in the summer. kevin has been pretty good this year about shutting the doors at night. he used to keep them open so we could close them up before it got hot and try and keep the house cool---but my muscles want to stiffen. i think that i have more trouble in the winter from the air pressure changes than i do from the cold itself. and i can feel the air pressure changes days before the weather change shows up. i'm just like a barometer. i would buy a barometer and keep it in my house if i thought there was some way of heading off the pain if i knew if it was coming----but i don't think there is.
Rachael - posted on 10/09/2009
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i stay holed up in my bedroom right through winter. i only come out if i am wearing my mukluks and an army issues winter jacket that comes down to my knees. my room stays heated day and night and my kids have to come to me in the room for problems with school work (we home school). they are great kids and often come to offer something to eat or drink so that i dont have to leave the room. i only come out for my daily physio trips.
i know it is no way to live! anyone got ideas? i am in South Africa so we dont even have snow or major weather like the USA and Europe...
Carolyn - posted on 10/05/2009
I have had pain issues for almost 20 yrs. But is has been chronic for the last five. I had endomitrosis diagnosed at 18yrs. old. I had 10 surgeries leaving me with 10 surgeries of scar tissue.Very painful. I finally had a hysterectomy at age 35. This led to me taking hormones which led to me having a pulmonary embolism(blood clot in my lung). Now I am on blood thinners for live which has a host of it's own issues. most of those I can live with because i am glad I am alive. Four yrs ago I was napping with my daughter(3 yrs at the time) I herd her little giggle and before I could respond she jumped up and landed right on my lower back/tail bone area. I felt something immediatly.(She does not remember the incedent so I told her I got hurt at work)I ended up with bulging disks, degenerative disks, and severe arthritis. I,ve tried cortisone shots,physical therapy, lydacane patches, narco, morphine, a slew of muscle relaxers, and a slew of other drugs I can't remeber. Currently I am on Percocet 4 times a day and Tramadol time release inbetween as well as message therapy. All of which have helped alot in the past but are not doing much lately. This cold season has been the worst and the temerature just dropped 2 wks. ago. I layer up the clothes but it doesn't seem to help. I have lived in MI all my life(37 yrs.) Thank you so much for the response. I lived so many years thinking I was alone and crazy. Just seeing that there are 3001 sufferers just on circle of moms I know I can't be crazy. I know this sight will be a God send.
Brandy - posted on 10/05/2009
How long have you been suffering with the chronic pain ? what do you have ? can it help to layer the clothers or pump up your heater when you are home? I know it is still early in the year I wish I had some cure for you with dealing with the cold I have not had to deal with that. How long have you lived in MI ?
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