I,m from Tasmania and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and acute,chronic chemical hypersensetivity.

I struggle with this as my allergies prevent me from taking most of the meds that are commonly used in the control of these conditions. The worst of this is being unable to take any pain meds except paracetamol.

I would welcome any help with management of my pain that anyone can suggest.

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  • Hi and welcome to our friendly and helpful site, I have family in Tasmania, Hobart? hoping to visit one day 😃

    I find warm baths with some Epsom salts in which contains magnesium very helpful to relax the muscles, heating pads, and some exercise like swimming or gentle walking is good, take care

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  • Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I am so genuinely sorry that you are suffering and struggling so much with your Fibro and I sincerely hope that you can find some resolution to these issues.

    I use a TENS Machine that I find very useful. I also undertake a daily physio routine of gentle exercises which I also find useful. I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • So sorry to hear you can't tolerate any medications. I had to give up all my meds when I wanted to get pregnant so have tried lots of alternative options with good success.

    I also use physio and what they call range of movement stretching exercises which help. Here are a few ideas as different things work for different people...... tens machine, physio, stretches, yoga (esp hot yoga as the heat helped my sore muscles), relaxation apps on my phone/iPad, hot baths (with Epson salts), hot showers, massage (but insist that they be very gentle or you'll feel more pain), anything to improve your sleep (new pillows, I actually bought a new matress with a memory foam topper - made such a difference!), diffene gel to rub into muscle for aches really helps me so worth a try if you can't take any strong pain killers, swimming in a heated pool and use steam rooms, sauna, jacuzzi etc anything that heats the muscles and relaxes them. I have a collection of heat pads that you can microwave or some you plug in. Heat plasters that you stick to your skin and they heat up and stay warm for hours. A friend of mine swears by using turmeric spice and making what she calls a golden paste (Google and you'll find recipe) as she hated taking medication and found it helped her. I can't vouch as haven't tried it yet.

    If you can only take parecetemol a nurse helped me after I had my son. As I was trying to breastfeed and didn't want to start back on the strong meds again. She said once you get any pain under control keep taking parecetemol every 4 hours even if you feel you don't need to it keeps the pain at bay. I was very sceptical but it did work. Actually there's another thought maybe pain patches or a pain suppository might help you if you can't take medications orally. Sounds awful but worked for me.

    Anyway best of luck to you and hope you find some relief. The forum members here are really helpful so if you have any questions just ask.

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