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Fibro and Surgery

NLTNNLT Pacific Northwest of USAPosts: 19
Hi All,

Basically I am just wondering if anyone has any tips (or empathy) for dealing with both fibro and surgery recovery. I am almost 3 weeks post surgery (laminectomy/discectomy) and overall am probably doing pretty well. (I have issues with patience). I also have fibro. I think it's pretty mild but l am beginning to think some of my post-surgery fatigue is fibro. Also last night we had a storm and it set off a big, full body flu-like pain flare. So, probably, I'm just really feeling whiny today. 



  • I totally feel for you! I have fibro and am having my 6th spine surgery this month. I too felt like the fibro made recovery worse - especially feeling tired and generally wiped out. My best advice is to be kind to yourself. It will take time, and I know that is rough. (I also have little patience.) When I would overdue it, I would pay dearly in extra pain, muscle spasms and aching. I use frankincense essential oil and it helped some after surgery. I still rub my feet with it nightly. I also used a gel pad that can be put in the freezer or microwave a lot after surgery. Sometimes cold felt better, sometimes heat. And sometimes I just used it on my neck  and shoulders cause I was anxious and tense about sitting around. Message me anytime! I wish you the best!!! 
  • NLTNNLT Pacific Northwest of USAPosts: 19
    Thanks for the reply. Everyone keeps telling me to be kind to myself, but I'm not good at that. I guess this is a new learning opportunity. I have been using an ice pack and hot baths and that definitely helps. 

    The tiredness and aches after overdoing is weird. I'm not used to having flu-like symptoms after a walk even if it was overdoing.
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