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Bee0310
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« on: July 11, 2017, 05:38:09 PM »

Hi All

Im new to these forums and new to the idea of CFS. Ive been suffering for 7 months now and have finally been referred to a chronic fatigue specialist. Im currently signed off work as I have been unable to manage my work/life balance efficiently. Im really struggling with pains right now. I have chronic upper back pain and hip and knee pain. I have seen in other places people have been using crutches to relieve the pressure on their joints so was just looking for some advice and if people think this is a good way to go?

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 05:44:14 AM »

Hi Bee, and welcome to the forum.

This is difficult. While ever you're relying on the medical system, you should probably rely on its advice. Assuming that there'll be a delay before you get your 'specialist' appointment, I'd suggest going back to your GP and asking him/her to check your inflammation markers. If they're okay, ask him to carry out further tests to establish what exactly is causing your pain. Only when you know that can you work out what to do about it. If your GP refuses to investigate and just offers pain killers, find a new GP.

Re using crutches, if they ease your pain then there's probably no reason not to use them short term. But they're not going to be the long term answer that you need.

Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 02:34:03 PM »

Hi Bee,

I have exactly the same pains as you, if you did want to go down the pain relief route then I take amitryptline which I find very helpful and can be taken long term however I'd recommend trying magnesium oil first sprayed on the sore muscles and joints and a pillow behind your knees when lying on your back and in between your knees when on your side to help with the hip and knee pain whilst resting.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 11:37:47 AM »

Hi both

Thank you so much for your replies!

Roger: i will definitely get this looked at by the GP. I will give you an example of my struggle. I went shopping with my SO yesterday and after a couple of hours of walking around my hips and knee started to ache. Is this normal? He had to help me in the shower this morning as it had felt like i had run a marathon.

Jayne73: i have been taking amitriptyline for about 5 months now but the help seems to be waring off. I will definitely give magnesium oil a go. Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 12:08:48 PM »

Hi Bee,

No, that's not normal, but there IS an underlying cause and IMHO it's your GPs job, possibly by referral to a specialist, to establish what that underlying cause is. Pain medication isn't the answer.

Good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2017, 05:04:35 PM »

I forgotten to say but I have also had a lot of help from regular Pilates classes.
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