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PAIN...IT NEVER GOES AWAY!!   WHY?!?!?!?!?

Apr 19, 2009 - 6 comments

IM SO SICK OF THE PAIN.  I DONT KNOW WHY I HAVE TO LIVE IN PAIN EVERYDAY.  SOMETIMES I THINK MAYBE I DID SOMETHING WRONG ... BUT I CANT FIGURE IT OUT.  ITS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT A PERSON CAN BE IN BAD PAIN ALL THE TIME.  PAIN PILLS JUST COVER IT UP A LITTLE BUT ITS STILL THERE.  I WISH THERE WAS A CURE FOR CFS AND FIBRO AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. I REALLY DONT KNOW HOW MUCH MORE OF THIS DAMN PAIN I CAN TAKE.  I CANT SLEEP ... I CANT GO OUT AND ENJOY MYSELF ... I CANT CLEAN MY HOUSE... I CANT HARDLY WALK... I CANT DO ANYTHING IT SEEMS LIKE ANYMORE.  SO .. SO.. SICK OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!  I DONT KNOW WHAT TO EVEN THINK ANYMORE.  SOMETIMES I WISH I WOULD JUST PASS AWAY IN MY SLEEP AND BE WITH GOD AND WOULDNT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE AND BE PAIN FREE.  AND THEN I FEEL LIKE IM BEING SELFISH... I HAVE A SON WHICH IS 23 BUT IT WOULD HURT HIM SO BAD IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO ME.  BUT I GUESS WHEN ITS MY TIME TO GO .. THE GOOD LORD IS GOING TO TAKE ME!  IM NOT AFRAID OF DYING ... THATS FOR SURE.  IM TIRED EVERY DAY THAT GOES BY.  I HAVE A HOME HEALTH AIDE COMING TOMMOROW.. BUT SHE WONT DO ANYTHING... THE ONES THAT COME HERE ..WELL THEY LIKE TO SIT ALOT.  AND IM NOT THE TYPE TO MAKE THEM DO ANYTHING... ALTHOUGH THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE GETTING PAID TO DO.  I GET TIRED OF SEEING THEM ALL THE TIME CAUSE... THEY JUST WANT TO SIT AND TALK AND IM LAYING HERE IN PAIN AND REALLY DONT GIVE A DAMN WHAT THIER TALKING ABOUT... I KNOW THAT SOUNDS MEAN BUT I CANT TAKE IT SOMETIMES.  I KNOW WHEN I WORKED AS A HOME HEALTH AIDE AND NURSING ASSISTANT I TOOK CARE OF MY PATIENTS THE BEST I COULD DO!  I WENT INTO THIER HOMES AND DONE THINGS FOR THEM TO MAKE THEIR LIFE BETTER AND EASIER.  I WANTED TO HELP OTHERS THAT WERE IN NEED BUT THESE ONES THT I HAVE HAD ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS THEMSELVES AND GETTING THE HELL OUT OF HERE.  THEY R SUPPOSE TO  B HERE FOR 3 HOURS 3 X'S A WEEK AND IM LUCKY IF I GET 3 HOURS A WEEK OUT OF THEM!  WELL JUST TOOK MY LAST DOSE OF PAIN MEDICATION FOR THE DAY AND I HOPE IT EASES UP THE PAIN AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL LAST THROUGH THE NIGHT BUT IT WONT!!!!  AND ONCE I GET TO SLEEP I'LL WAKE UP IN 2 HOURS AND THEN LATER GO BACK TO SLEEP AND THEN WAKE UP IN ANOTHER 2 HOURS AND SO ON ! ! ! !  WELL AT LEAST MY ARMS ARENT HURTING THT BAD LIKE THEY USUALLY DO AND ITS HARD FOR ME TO TYPE BUT SO FAR ITS NOT 2 BAD.  KNOCK ON WOOD! LOL!!
DEAR LORD... HELP THIS PAIN GO AWAY FOR AWHILE AND LET ME SLEEP GOOD FOR ONE NIGHT!  AMEN.

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by SassyLassie, Apr 19, 2009
I just read this and believe me, I can relate to your frustration. I too have pain most all the time, mine is in the form of upper back spasms, neck ache, rib pain, chest wall pain, and arm pain. It is in different degress, sometimes worse than others. I have had all the tests and of course they are always "Normal"

I am a member of another forum and some of them have fibro, well, the one thing that they say seems to help is to put a bar of soap under the sheet with you near the pain. Almost everyone has said it has been a miracle. As to the brand, I do not know, some say "Dove" others say "Zest" or "Irish Spring" I guess it varies. they said the strength last for 6 months, then it is time to get a new bar. It seems you put the bar near the area where you hurt, so, if you hurt in the lower back and legs, you would place a bar in the vicinity of the legs and one in the vicinity of the back. As I said, I think they put it under the fitted sheet, some put it in a pouch and carry it with them all day. One gal said she was on every pain pill there was, and this was the only thing that helped. So, it would be worth a try.

I really have not tried it, so, I cannot say, but, if these gals say it works, then I am sure there is something to it. Even if it does not work you are only out the price of a soap bar. Let me see if I can copy what they said, I will post it here if I can, I'll be right back.

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by SassyLassie, Apr 20, 2009
Soap Under the Sheets for RLS, Leg Cramps

There is now a prescription drug (Requip) to treat RLS (restless leg syndrome). The only problem is that some people fall asleep during the day. This could be risky if they are behind the wheel. As far as we can tell, there are no side effects to putting soap under the bottom sheet.

Q. Several months ago I went to my neurologist for my yearly physical and told him about a problem I had with my legs "jumping" at night and waking me up. He gave me the technical name for it and wrote me a prescription for Mirapex. I then told him I had read in your column about putting a bar of soap in the bed, so he told me to try the soap and fill the prescription if it didn't work. I still have the unfilled prescription sitting on my bathroom vanity. When we went on a trip to Yellowstone, I took my soap along and slept fine every night we were gone.

A. This home remedy mystifies us, but we have heard from many readers like you. The risk of unwrapping a fresh bar of soap and putting it under the bottom sheet where the legs will be is almost zero. The cost is far less than a prescription. Positive responses from other readers experimenting with Ivory soap remedy:

“A while back I wrote to complain that the bar of soap under the bottom sheet quit working for my restless legs. (It was great at first.) Then I got to thinking, it worked before, so why not now? That bar of soap had been there for six months, so I replaced it. The result: no more restless legs. A few times that I had symptoms, I put my feet on the soap and the sensations went away in about two minutes.

“My husband was having severe leg cramps at night. Without telling him, I placed a soap bar under his sheets for two nights before he noticed. It worked! He’s had no more cramps. We still can't believe it! “

“I have had severe leg cramps for years. When I read about putting a bar of soap in bed, I got a bar of Ivory and put it under the bottom sheet near my legs. It’s been a month since I did that, and I have not had one leg cramp.


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I read about this home remedy in the newspaper. I have indeed suffered from RLS basically all of my life, and I am over 50! My mother always told me I had "growing pains" -- HA!
When I read this, I thought it was the silliest thing I had ever heard of. I truly believe in home remedies, but just sleeping with a bar of soap?!?! Well, let me assure any and everyone! It WORKS. I have now had 5 nights of sleep - in my own bed - no walking around, no moving from one place to another just to find comfort -just pure wonderful sleep. TRY IT!!!

I saw an article in our local newspaper about 6 months ago about putting soap under the sheets for RLS and tried it immediately. Since that time I have not had a single leg cramp. I use Caress.

I went on a trip recently and had my bar of soap with me. I was staying at a B&B and when I got back that evening my soap was gone! I called the proprietor of the B&B and asked him where the devil my soap was. He told me he thought it was in the bed by mistake and had thrown it away. When I told him why I needed it he said that he would go through the garbage and find it--which he did. He also told me that he, too, has leg cramps and was going to try this remedy.

My doctor just gave me this mystified look and said "whatever." He was the one raising such Sam Hill about me taking potassium!

What a wonderful, really inexpensive treatment that stops RLS.

I have suffered from severe leg cramps for years. I read about the Ivory soap, tried it and I have not had a leg cramp since. What makes it work, does anybody know?

I have severe Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). Have used Sinemet and Mirapex over the last 8 years, but stopped each due to side effects. Currently unmedicated and miserable with the leg movements at night, waiting on test results and the docs to decide next line of defense. Someone mentioned the Ivory soap. Well, I tried it in a wrap around my ankles and under my feet in a double socks, but what seems the best is I have four bars across my lower bed so that no matter where I move my feet, one is near. If a movement wakes me, I move my foot to touch the soap, and fall right back asleep. Hasn't been a cure, but certainly has made it more tolerable and less sleep robbing. Can't begin to understand it. The most logical theory I've read is one wondering if the leg movements are like electrical currents, maybe the composition/density of the soap absorbs the brunt of the charge. (Like rubber and lightning.) Would love to understand why, but just having a degree of relief is good enough for me.

I have tried several kinds of bar soap for leg cramps. First being Ivory..I learned that I need to change the soap about every 3-4 months. I buy them at the 99 cent store. 3 bars for for 99 cents is the best investment for a good nights sleep.It took 3 nights before it worked ,but that was 2 years ago and no leg cramps for me now. I use the cheap nylon anklets or cut the foot off old panty hose to slip the soap into, that seems to help keep it in place. I use two bars under the bottom sheet,one on each side near my feet. THANK YOU DR. GOTT for listening to your readers and passing along their health tips. Also I did ask my DR. about Vicks for toenail fungus ,he said it couldn't hurt ( after over the counter meds, and two very expensive prescriptions that DIDN'T work ) After twice daily use, for about 4 months the fungus started to go away. Now it is gone and from time to time I apply Vicks to all my toenails just to make them look & feel better and hopefully keep the fungus from coming back. No one knows why it works and I don't care.I just know it works for me  

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I have to admit that I really didn't expect the soap to work lol seemed really silly to me, but certainly worth trying. I used to be on Klonepin for the RLS and it worked great for me for years and then suddenly stopped working which was a real bummer cause at that time I had it constantly. But because of all the meds I have to take for my back, I didn't want to throw another medication into the mix, and the side effects listed for the RLS meds are kinda scary anyway. That's why I figured I'd give this a try. Worse case scenario is that I wasted 99 cents, but that's not even true cause if it hadn't worked, I'd have just used the soap in the shower LOL so in all reality it didn't cost anything extra.

Usually once my legs do start jumping around, nothing stops them and I'm up all night. Even if I take a sleeping pill. In fact the spasms get so severe that they literally lift my entire body off the bed. So I was both shocked and thrilled when that soap worked last night LOL Already sent an email to my son telling him it worked. Hopefully he'll give it a try too.

And here is the link to the entire thread:
http://www.fresh-hope.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15448

Anyway, it is worth a try, it sure can't hurt anything. Let me know if you try it and if it works. I have to admit I tried it two night, it was with Ivory, but, it did not work, but, do NOT go by me, no matter what it is, things ALWAYS work opposite on me. So, I would sure see for myself.

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by billieboyer990, Apr 20, 2009
What an idea, soap under the sheets.  Of all the research I have done I have yet to hear of that one.  I need to try it.  
Catwoman I wish I could take your pain away.  Wish I could take my own away and doubt if anyone really understands chronci pain as of yet.  I find many ariticles and good ones but feel they still are not doing the research we need.  Blessings honey.  You are welcome to write me anytime.  Hugs, billieboyer990

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by catwoman64, Apr 21, 2009
WELL I TRIED THE BAR OF SOAP LAST NIGHT.  BUT I HAD TO PUT IT UNDER MY LEG ONE AT A TIME CAUSE I SLEEP IN MY RECLINER AND .... AT THE TIME MY LEGS WERE CRAMPING AND HURTING VERY BAD, CAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO TAKE ANYMORE PAIN MEDICINE... SO... I DONT KNOW IF IT WAS MY IMAGINATION OR COINCIDIENCE OR WHAT-EVER BUT MY PAIN SEEMED TO EASE UP SO THEN I PUT IT UNDER THE OTHER LEG AND IT TOOK A WHILE BUT THE PAIN EASED UP ALSO IN MY LEFT LEG.  WELL TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT MY NECK AND UPPER BACK WAS HURTING SO I PUT IT THERE THEN I PUT IT ON MY LOWER BACK AND IN BETWEEEN AND UNDER MY ARMS AND I DID THIS THE WHOLE NIGHT AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND I COULD ACTUALLY MOVE AROUND ALOT BETTER AND I WASNT IN AS MUCH PAIN AS I USUALLY AM.  IM GOING TO TRY IT AGAIN TONIGHT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS ... I HOPE IT WORKS.  GOOD BYE PAIN PILLS IF THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!!
RIGHT NOW I HAVE MY FOOT ON TOP- OF IT CAUSE MY RIGHT FOOT IS HURTING AND CRAMPING SO BAD FOR BEING ON 'EM ALL DAY.  SO FAR NOTHING .. BUT I'LL GIVE IT TIME!!  THANKS FOR TELLING ME ABOUT THIS SASSY  LASSIE                                     CATWOMAN

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by PlateletGal, Apr 21, 2009
catwoman,

Are you taking supplements ? If not... consider at least B12 (drops), magnesium (powered) and D-Ribose.

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by SassyLassie, Apr 22, 2009
Catwoman, I am glad to hear that you had a little relief from the soap, please keep me posted or PM me, sometimes I do not see your journals. May I ask, what brand did you use? As I said earlier, this group from the other forum I am a member of swears by it and these are folks that have been on morphine and other pain killers, they said it may take a few days for the full effect, but, after that, it always works. Some even carry their soap in pouches all day, or put it in their pocket, they claim this way, they are also helped during the waking hours.

Anyway, it sounds promising, please keep me posted.

Hugs
Susie

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