I'm dealing with the worst bursitis pain on top of my FMS. It's so intense it keeps from sleeping. I have had to resort to taking the Tramadol again because the pain is just so bad that I can't do without it. Anyone have good suggestion for dealing with the nausea that has nothing to do with ginger? I am allergic to ginger, so ginger makes the nausea worse and aggravates GERD and causes heart palpitations. Not a good solution. Promethazine has caused me problems in the past, and so has Reglan. I'm scared to take Reglan, too, because of all the bad reports I've read about it.
I too have read some scary reports about Reglan, but I am lucky that I do not have regular bouts of nausea unless I begin a new medication that doesn't sit well with me. I do hope that someone here can help you. This is one aspect of FM/CFS I have been spared from. I know this sounds gross, but have you tried baking soda water? I use this or good ol' Pepto Bismuth when I am nauseous, but I guess it never really seems to work as well as just going to bed.
Where is your bursitis pain located out of curiousity?
I have used the baking soda and water in the past. Not something I want to use too much for lots of reasons. Occasionally, not regularly. I have GERD, so the baking soda and water trick actually aggravated the GERD a few times as well.
I have discovered that sparkling water does seem to help some. Pepto Bismal is too nasty for me to use. It makes nausea worse. Plus, I have IBS-C, so anti-diarrheal meds aren't a good idea for me anyway.
The bursitis is in my left shoulder, so it already makes sleeping hard, because I can't roll over on my left side at all, even when the bursitis isn't killing me, like it has been.
Are you eatting a little something with the pain med? If not, try something that's friendly to your GERD. Good luck. I know how miserable nausea can be along with pain. I too suffer from alot of pain and nausea with my Fibro and RA and I too have Gerd plus IBS.
I am sorry I am not helpful with the GERD issue. I do have IBS though. I glad that some other community members are beginning to chime in. :)
I do however have a very bad right shoulder and had surgery a year and a half ago, so I know exactly how you feel at least with the shoulder issue. I use ice on it to fall asleep some nights and that helps. I also take an NSAID, but I am guessing you can't take those either with your stomach issues? Hrmmmm..... but Shanna707 and I were just talking about Diclofenac. I have had trouble too with a lot of NSAIDs and stomach upset and Diclofenac seems to be one I can tolerate and it really helps my shoulder pain. If that isn't an option, you could get a steroid shot?
I have a couple of other tips: use a roller ball mouse for your computer so you are not moving your arm. You just move your thumb. It takes about a day or two to get used to, but it helps a lot. Also, buy a good tempurpedic pillow- it's good for your neck and back and elevates your chest and shoulders.
Like you, I have trouble sleeping on my affected shoulder. What's even worse for me is that during my surgery they removed part of my ligament, so now my shoulder is a little loose. Before the surgery my joints were already loose. They call it hypermoble, which is very common in people with Fibromyalgia. So for example, I can scratch my whole back with both of my arms. Anyhow, now if I lay on my right shoulder, along with the pain I have a feeling that my shoulder is going to pop out of socket. It's horrible!
Anyhow, sorry to be venting on your post, but I feel really bad that I can't help with your stomach issues. Who knows, at some point I may get worse in that department and have to ask for your help. I hope that my tips about the shoulder will help you at least. Keep me updated.
I haven't heard of Diclofenac, so I could ask my doctor about that. Yes, I have hypermobile joints and have had this my whole life. I didn't know it was associated with my FMS. Until I started having this shoulder issue, I could reach my whole back with both arms, too. Now, if I try to do that with my left arm I get that horrific pain in my shoulder that doesn't want to stop hurting so badly on its own.
I do know that the IBS/GERD issue is quite common for people with FMS/CFS, so when others tell me they have that I'm not surprised by that and can sympathize. It seems a lot of us also have food intolerances caused by sensitivities and allergies. Not surprising since that seems to go along with the GI trouble. I used to make my own ginger root tea 'til I developed a really bad intolerance to ginger. Ginger is bad for my GERD and causes heart palpitations.
I have an appointment with my PCP coming up, so I'll be sure to ask about Diclofenac. I have asked her before about the steroid shots. She wasn't ready to do that yet. I guess those shots are very expensive. Still, when the pain is super bad, what do the medical insurance people think people are supposed to do to get out of pain?
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