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Hi, my name is Sharlee!

Sharlee Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi.  After suffering with chronic back pain and arthritis for many years, I decided to say hello and maybe find out how other people cope with their pain.


  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,983 Disability Gamechanger
    Hey @Sharlee. A warm welcome from me. Thanks for already finding the courage to reach out to us. I appreciate how much courage it takes to reach out, especially when you are new and struggling.

    In all honesty, everyone copes with their pain differently. For me, I have fibromyalgia and I find heat (deep heat and showers) really helpful.

    However, I know others who have fibromyalgia who benefit more from the cold (e.g., ice). This is, of course, even more varied for other people who have other things causing them pain.

    Do you have any medical professionals you could talk to about your pain? They can provide medical advice whereas we are unable to. We are only able to discuss our own lived experiences.

    Hope you experience less pain soon and the pain becomes, at least, manageable for you. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to support you  :)
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  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Sharlee

    Welcome to the community! :) 

    We have a section on Chronic Pain and Pain Management that may interest / help you :) 
    Hannah - She / Her

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  • Sharlee
    Sharlee Community member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi, I too have Fibromyalgia.  I take 120mgs Duloxetine daily but in all honesty it does not help.  I am better in the warmer weather as the cold makes my joints ache badly.  I have a heat pad in my armchair and I use an electric blanket in bed.  Fibro also makes me sweat from my head so I can be very cold but the back of my hair will be wet, it's so embarrassing. To try to keep active I do 2 Paracise classes a week and a Wobble class which I thoroughly enjoy, they are also a social event which is great.  I wonder if anyone else takes Paracise?  I can thoroughly recommend it.
    Thank you for the kind welcome.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 52,934 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Sharlee I've not heard of paracise, is it a form of exercise and welcome to the forum
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
    Good morning @Sharlee welcome to our great group, i hope your well this morning.
    My back problems have been my biggest Demon, i am at the moment, trying to get, fitter and be more active, i would also be interested in knowing what paracise is, Thanks and enjoy the group.
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