I've gone to a chiropractor before and didn't have to go for long. This time around when I got done I would hurt about 2-3 days later, plus I was really tired. I got a memory foam pillow which is wonderful, but I was still tired and achy all over when I have had a full night's sleep.
I then went to a rheumatologist that diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and poly arthritis. I've learned to live with the overall pain with the help of antidepressants and 3 types of pain killers. Painkillers do NOT kill pain LOL. They make it manageable. You don't get "high" from pain medications, they help you get out of bed every day, even if to stumble to the couch. That's one thing I told myself when the pain gets bad - just get out of bed - or I'd never get out. Oh that's another help - we have a sleep number bed and it's great.
I've tried an infrared sauna which helped but getting there was a problem after a while. I've tried massage - the first time was great the second time was awful - I started cramping up! I was stressed to the max taking care of my mother-in-law. I'd like to try it again maybe twice a month. I've tried acupuncture and after 2 sessions a week for 3 weeks the last session hurt so bad I didn't go back, but the first few weeks were great.
I know the weather has a big effect on my pain. I live in Salem Oregon, and for someone with arthritis and fibromyalgia it isn't the best place to be. I know I need warmer, drier weather. I've been in warmer, drier weather down in Tucson Arizona and I felt a LOT better. I still had pain but it was the underlying pain I could live with and walk around with. I still got tired after hardly doing anything but my pain level was lower.
There are things that help me be more comfortable - my heating pad, soft blankets, socks. Biofreeze which comes in a roller form so no stinky mess on your hands LOL. A nice warm bath with some nice smelling bubble bath, bath salts. Our two dogs Curly and Kayonna who lay with me. Kayonna is good at knowing when I'm really hurting, but I don't recommend a chihuahua as a service dog LOL.
My husband Rich does understand my pain, even though sometimes I feel like I'm a burden or ask too much of him at times. He's brought me a fuzzy queen size blanket, socks, my favorite dark chocolate candy. He's also brought me tulips in beautiful colors so I can look at flowers when the weather is dark and rainy. He's brought me a lot of flowers LOL.
I am part of the Chronic Babe Blog Carnival and the question is - OK the question is - What's your laugh-out-loud illness-related experience? For me it was when I was diagnosed with fibro and the doc asked me about sleep - I wasn't getting any LOL. He gave me Tizanidine and said even though it's main purpose was for muscle spasms it was being used for fibro patients for sleep. First night I took it and a half hour later I was OUT. A little while later Rich said I wasn't in bed and wondered where I was. I was on the toilet - SOUND ASLEEP!