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ladycl786 posted:
I have had FM for a while and I also have a back injury.The problem is that my FM is getting worst. I'm currently on Lyrica for the pain and I'm about to try taking yoga. Does anyone have any other suggestions to deal with this pain?
foreversore responded:
I am so sorry you are going through this and I know all too well how you feel. I have never tried Lyrica so I don't know anything about it. I take Savella and it helps with some of the FM pain but none of the back pain from my spinal OA. I just got a lumbar epidural for the back pain 4 days ago and I am still waiting for some sort of relief. My rheumy has me doing a warm water aerobics class at my local YMCA. The pool and the room are heated so its easier on the body and the water is easier on the joints. I think I am going to call the pain management clinic tomorrow and ask them if I should still be this uncomfortable (and thats putting it mildly).
Dana Dailey, MS, PT responded:

Pain with fibormyalgia is so variable and can often make other pain, such as back pain from an injury seem to last a little longer. Yoga is an excellent choice for stretching and deep breathing and postural control. It is a great way to learn your strengths and weakness. Talk with your instructor about concerns you have and modify the positions or holds as you need to. You might also consider some other opportunities such as water exercise, Tai Chi, a TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), hot pack or cold pack, stabilization exercises, physical therapy and some type of exercise that gets your heart rate and breathing rate elevated - walking, biking, swimming or massage therapy. It is also important that you are sleeping well, eating well and managing your energy and posture. It takes a few tries at different things to find the right combination that works for you. Please let me know if I can help with any of my suggestions.


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