I was diagnosed over 6 years ago but recently the pain I experience in my back and hips during the night and upon waking is much more severe. Taking painkillers at night doesn't seem to make any difference. Any suggestions?

I'm sorry you are

I'm sorry you are experiencing such pain. Obviously, you are probably not getting much rest, either.

Do you also have arthritis? I ask because pain in the morning upon awakening that eases as the day progresses can be from arthritis. I'm not sure what pain medications you are taking, but they are undoubtedly wearing off well before morning when you need to get up and moving.

Does heat help ease the pain? I ask because perhaps you could keep a heating pad nearby and use it throughout the night or before getting up for short periods of time if you find that heat helps the pain. Another option would be to take a painkiller before bed and also about an hour before you have to start moving in the morning.

If your pain is worsening or has changed in nature, consulting your doctor might be wise. If you have arthritis as well as fibro, your medications may need adjustment. Just wondering if you take any antiinflammatories and if so, do they help? Might be worth a try.

Hope you get some relief soon!

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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