Pain pain pain 

I am not going to lie, the pain is at an all time high as it feels like I’ve got the early stages of flu.  I felt rough this morning, had 2 cocodamol felt slightly better, went to the bike shop to get our new bikes and had another coffee, one more than my usual, felt great, Christ I felt high.  Then I crashed big time, I felt dreadful, exhausted and in pain.

I decided to go for a little trundle out on my new bike to learn how to use gears, I’d passed my CBT on an automatic bike.  Now the way Fibro works is every little amount of ‘stress’ which normally I’d just deal with, my head and body go into full on ‘fight’ mode, I either hold my breath or take fast small breaths, the pain starts and I feel exhausted.  I managed to deep breathe and kept it under control.


After an hour I went home exhausted and in great pain, like having the flu, especially in my lower back around where I have had it fused.  I went to bed, listened to 2 mindfulness meditation sessions, ate a chicken snack, used a hot water bottle and after an hour of being in agony I took 2 cocodamol, begrudgingly, as I do not want to rely on pain pills.

I’m sat in bed still, hoping I feel better so I can go round the block on my new bike to get used to it.  Then I have all night and day to relax!!  Wish me luck.

Do you have tips and techniques you use to get you through the early stages of a bad Fibro attack?

Heat and pain go together like pea and carrots!

I feel so strongly for using heat for pain from my fusion, disintegrated disc at L5/L4 or general Fibro aches I feel I should have a soap box to stand on.

Right now I’ve ditched regular painkillers and I am trying a holistic approach to pain management.  It is tempting to eat painkillers and I will only resort to this should the pain develop into a full on Fibro attack (all over aches and pains). What I prefer to use is a hot water water bottle, yes at work.


I get used to the strange looks, but mainly people are great about it when they see me stood in the kitchen filling this up.  I had to buy a bigger, brand new bottle as the last one read ‘hot stuff’ 😂😂😂

I won’t bore you with the science, but please read here if you’re like me and need to understand the ‘why’.

I used to take over 25 painkillers prior to my back operation and when the Fibromyalgia attacks started it was back up to 15 plus a day, not all the same brand I must add 😂😂.   I have now decided to sporadically take them, in other words when I need to.  I had this crazy doctor that told me to take them all in a regular basis to keep the pain away, which is fine, but when you have Fibromyalgia everything you do affects your nervous system and can have catastrophic results.

For now I am happy with my hot water bottle and my one Tramadol tablet I just had!!