Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Treating fibromyalgia

Discovery Health :: fibromyalgia

Treatments listed include:

· acupuncture
· aerobic exercises
· antidepressants
· biofeedback
· chiropractic treatments
· heat or cold treatments
· hypnosis
· injections of local anesthesia medications or corticosteroids into tender points
· massage therapy
· occupational therapy
· stretching and range of motion exercises

Of the above I have been on antidepressants since 1991, have had injections, OT, pain killers, hot and cold, massage plus antispasmodics ( mebeverine) for irritable bowel plus a range of other medications to try to control symptoms.

Today I have an appointment with my GP to discuss a recent abdomen scan to try to identify the cause of the episodes acute pain in mid torso - mainly bottom right of rib cage. Dr thought this may have been gall stones but the technician said she could see non, nor could she identify any obvious cause of the pain. Must say that a scan has never hurt as much as that one!

Will update later today but we are both very concerned that it could be problems from my years of drimking too much alcohol - the one thing that could numb my pain - both physical and mental for at least a short while especially if almost comatose.

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