Back pain from DDD, goes down my legs and I cannot sleep.
I take Xanax .Help nerve pain and sleep . I hate taking them but no choice .Had insomnia so bad I was more tired then with fibromyalgia I couldn't function.
If you ever feel like you need to talk to someone about your pain or anything else. You can talk to me, I've been told im a good listener. My friends go threw pain from fibromyalgia and diabetes . I also go threw pain in my legs ,knees , and other areas of my body. I tell.my doctor but they say they can't help, they want to always put anyone on pills that dont work, that's so frustrated . I was a trick for sore muscles , I was told take a rolling pin and roll.it where there is pain. The rolling part will stretch the muscle and calm it down. It works . So sorry for the long message .
If you would like my cell number dont be afraid to ask.
Please take care.
It is a hard road with Chronic Pain. Mine started aged 16 from a car accident. Over the last 10 years it has got to the stage even a small drive causes a flare up of my lower back. Centrelink have informed me my back has been treated and I can resume work at least 15 hours a week with aids, like Physio and pain meds. I gave up 8 hours a week as in the end my back couldn't take it and I was having to rely on pain meds just to work those hours. I would LOVE to resume more work but I know what pain it will put me in and also I will be in bed or on couch near tears with sciatica and .massive lower back pain. Chronic Pain to most Drs seems like we are seeking attention and that makes it hard as it is not visible. My fiancee after 15 years has realised the significance of my back pain as I get him to rub voltarin or deep heat on my back most days and he sees the swelling in my lower spine more and more often. I have NO pain meds left as cannot yet find another Dr who doesn't just say "oh its just back pain'. I have no anti inflammatory meds, nothing for pain now and panadol does nothing, no meds to stop the spasms. Physio, Hydro, Acupuncture, meditation and yoga do NOT relieve the pain. People say pain meds are bad but they haven't had trouble sitting, standing, walking, having legs buckle under them when a spasm hits. I feel for you and understand how you feel. Hugs and best wishes to you
I used to be on sleeping pills but as my doctor retired and I got a new doctor who is younger than 40 I was told by another older doctor "today's doctors under 40 are trained. It to give out meds for sleeping or pain" so with this new doctor I have been taken off 12mg of my pain killers and a lot of other drugs which a lot I don't mind but I still after four years cannot sleep a decent night. I do the holding pillows between legs behind me and hold pillows with my arms. I do the ice and hot pack. Tens machine. Still I am lucky to get a hours sleep when I take the "antidepressants + melatonin + gravel" mix I have made myself to get sleepy. I know what the issue is. I don't extend enough energy in a day. So my partner and I work on that, from play wrestle to other things that tire me out. However at most I am lucky to get four hours sleep at a time. My doctor tells me to get up when I wake up. Start my day.. at 3am? The idea is I am supposed to be tired around 9pm the next night however, I get that "I've been over tired to long and now cannot sleep for three days" on the fourth day I will pass out for 24 hours or more. Seems to be my life now, awake for 2-3 days then pass out for a couple days. I hate it, so does my partner especially when it happens on her days off. I would give anything to sleep normal. I don't think even as a child I did tho. Good luck to you all!
I have found that putting a pillow behind my back since I am a side sleeper as well as putting a pillow between my knees so that my ankles and feet are supported as well has helped. I also have a pillow underneath whatever arm is on top because that keeps my back from twisting forward. I saw a pregnancy pillow on a website last night and basically it is a great big cradle with support behind your back and in your front it can even be crossed underneath your legs as well as supporting your head! I guess the best way to describe it is that it is a great big U shape! I basically do this but with four different pillows LOL