Surgery and Other Treatment Modalities; Preparing in Advance to Avoid Extended Pain

Important Facts for Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Surgery

Hi Peers,

My day began with an acupuncture appointment for my knee. It consisted of four “cupping” and then four “dry needles. This has helped my knee in the past, (I have lump scarring that has created a new pain syndrome where my knee cap, or patella doesn’t move up and down), and I expect the same today. It really wore me out! Fifteen minutes after the appointment all I wanted to do was go to sleep. I did not, so I expect to sleep well tonight. I also think a flare of increased pain is coming. Acupuncture often begins to relieve trauma that has existed for a while. This new healing can create more pain for a few days. In someone with Fibromyalgia procedures like this can cause us to have more issues than in persons without chronic pain.

This reminds me of my arthroscopic knee surgery. I spent time listening to a Mindful Surgery CD for three weeks prior to surgery. There are also free Youtube videos available that assist with this, but I preferred this one to those. This helped me to feel calm before and after surgery; generally I would panic the entire time. What I did not know until afterward the surgery is that research has shown that persons who have a chronic pain syndrome can experience lingering pain and slower healing. It is best to be informed about issues like these and prepare accordingly. I am now 🙂

Now that I have dealt with paperwork, telephone calls, posting on my forums, posting a (hopefully) useful thread for you all, I am going to eat and relax; tonight and over the weekend.

Wishing you all a low pain, happy weekend,

Lucinda Tart, Fibromyalgia Peer Advocate/Life Skills Advisor


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