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‘It’s All Just A Giant Pain In My…..hip’ ~ FMS Hip Pain Vs. RA Hip Pain

Sometimes the individual threads that weave together our personal lives cross with another’s and create a ‘like mindedness’. I had been thinking of writing specifically about pain when I came across this weeks prompt at Fibro Bloggers, and guess what?  Great minds were thinking alike and  my topic for this post was confirmed.

Remission and FMS is an interesting phenomena.  This summer has actually been very mild symptomatically. (Up until yesterday when the tell tale flu-like symptoms and aches returned, but for the  sake of the continuity of this post, let’s suspend disbelief and pretend I’m still asymptomatic for the most part.)  Compared to last winter I would call it practically a remission, except for one thing that never quite goes away.  That would be the fairly constant pain in my hips.

Difference between hip pain with FMS & RA

Now, the difference with hip pain in FMS vs. hip pain in RA (rheumatoid arthritis), is that with FMS the problem is not so much the actual joint as the soft tissue structures supporting the hip region.  In other words, ‘trigger points’.  Which is actually good news for FMS patients in that there usually is no degenerating of bone/joint structure that is common in RA.  There also is typically no inflammation with FMS as there is with arthritis.  Unfortunately this also helps to perpetuate the myth that Fibromyalgia is a ‘made up’/ ‘in the mind’ condition due to the fact that as of right now,  there are still no biomarkers in Fibromyalgia.   I assure you, as do the approximate 5 million Fibro sufferers in the United States that this is not the case.

I do not take medication for FMS.  The drugs offered at this time come with a long scary list of side effects, and from what I have heard in many testimonies, they don’t really help that much.  Self care, good nutrition, and movement are the things that help me the most.  As well as the knowledge that things can always be worse, if this is all I’m asked to contend with, I’m very thankful indeed!


~Recipe of the week~


Minestrone Soup

~1 LB. ground turkey (or omit if want vegetarian)
~ olive oil
~2 cloves minced garlic
~4 celery ribs, chopped
~1 chopped onion
~3 carrots, chopped
~2 chopped zucchinis
~1 lg. can pureed tomato
~1 lg. can chopped tomato
~ 1 can cannellini beans
~ oregano
~ 1 lg. can chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
~ prepared elbow macaroni
Brown chicken in skillet.  Sautee’ garlic, onions, celery, carrots, zucchinis in olive oil until tender.  Combine rest of ingredients in large stock pot and use seasonings to taste.  Cook on med-low for 45 min.


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  • Reply
    Sandra Shields
    August 11 at 6:20 am

    Great article on pain management. The pug photo is precious! I have two pugs that I adore. 🙂

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      August 11 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Sandra 😉

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    jill conyers
    August 12 at 1:09 am

    I love that you’re not medicating. Medication is much needed in many cases but too often it’s used as an easy quick fix despite what it does to the body. Self care, good nutrition and movement is a much better prescription.

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      August 12 at 2:36 pm

      True Jill! But I would never judge anyone on medication, if it helps that’s great. Just need to be careful of unwanted side effects.

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    August 13 at 6:27 am

    Oh, that photo of the pug is adorable. The recipe sounds good– I love soup, and particularly minestrone. Will have to give it a try. #sharewithme

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      August 13 at 6:49 am

      He is cute! 😉

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    August 13 at 7:11 am

    Love your soup recipe. When I opened from Kathy’s Home & Garden link, I was thinking fall.. I forgot you could put zucchini in soup! DuH. We still have some and lots of tomatoes. Soup it is tomorrow! Hang in there, Linda

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      August 13 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Linda, enjoy! 😉

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    August 14 at 7:33 am

    wow…this soup looks so good, nothing beats homemade and real! Thanks Stopping by from #RealFoodFridays

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      August 14 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Karen! 🙂

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    August 14 at 8:39 am

    Hi Red,
    I always love reading your post. I am so glad to hear that you don’t take any of the medications. I have seem what those medications do to people and its not pretty. I agree that self care, nutrition and to keep moving are the best treatments for many people – they are for me. Love your recipe for the Minestrone soup – filled with so many nutritious veggies. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      August 14 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Marla! The body does have amazing healing powers, chemicals are such a precarious balancing act, can do good but also cause so much harm.

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    Gary McArthur
    August 15 at 12:29 am

    Great post. I also suffer with hip pain – especially in my right hip. It gets so bad that I can’t walk some days, and getting out of a chair, or bed in the morning, is troublesome. I have also recently stopped taking all of the meds my GP has prescribed as they were causing more side-effects than pain reduction – so now I’m researching how to cope / live without the pills, but I do feel more positive knowing that my pain levels haven’t increased after stopping taking them – it just goes to show what little good they were!!

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      August 15 at 12:40 am

      Glad to hear you’re off meds, but sorry you remain in pain. I would seek natural alternatives if available, I would look into the possibility of medical marijuana for pain relief. Not sure what the laws in the UK are on medical cannabis. Good luck to you Greg, all the best 🙂

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    August 17 at 10:55 am

    Great recipe. I can’t imagine the pain it must be hard to management. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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      August 17 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you Jenny, have great day 😉

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    Deborah Brooks
    August 17 at 12:15 pm

    I love a good veggie minestrone! Please remember for future to only post vegetarian recipes as this one has chicken broth as well. Thanks for linking up and hope you check out some of the other posts as well. Have a great day!

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      August 17 at 2:16 pm

      Anyone looking for vegetarian version can substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.

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    Pragati // Simple Medicine
    August 17 at 4:08 pm

    Minestrone is my favorite! As soon as it cools down in Florida, I’ll have to give this recipe a try 🙂

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      August 17 at 5:50 pm

      WOO! Know what you mean, it hit 118 on Saturday here in Phoenix! 🙂

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    Miz Helen
    August 19 at 9:26 am

    Your Soup looks fabulous, we will love it. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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      August 19 at 10:45 am

      Thank you 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    August 19 at 2:52 pm

    I’m so glad I read this post. I have hip pain, at times severe to the point of immobility, but I thought it was just me. It doesn’t make me feel better to know others suffer, but it does make me feel better knowing it’s not causing damage.

    Your recipe for minestrone looks delicious! I love this soup and make it often during the colder months.

    Thank you for sharing your post at Chronic Friday Linkup! I pinned your post to the Chronic Friday Linkup board at http://www.Pinterest.com/beingfibromom

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      August 19 at 3:59 pm

      Isn’t that a weird thing about FMS, it seems like that pain means damage somewhere, but supposedly there isn’t any. Another great paradox in the FMS adventure! 😉

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    August 31 at 8:39 am

    Love the pug, I have two! I am so sorry you suffer with FMS and have to live with pain 🙁
    I applaud your choice to avoid drugs with horrible side effects! You are a beautiful woman, with intelligence and wit, and I am so happy you share it all with the world. xoxo

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      August 31 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Debra! A houseful of pugs must be fun 🙂

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    Jacquie Raffile
    June 28 at 7:13 am

    I take morphine sulfate 15 mg twice a day, Oxycodone 3 x day, gabapentin 400mg 3 x a day, cymbalta 60 mg a day, klonopin 2 at night, prozac 40 mg a day, coreg 2 x day, tizanidine 3 day, and I might have forgotten a few. My left arm has been killing me from the neck (after a nerve root ablation) to the wrist, fingers, bones and muscles. I took a nasty fall a couple of weeks ago and aggravated my rotator cuff, which I found out has a fracture at the top of the humeral head. My pain doc is giving me a steroid shot in the shoulder this Friday, but he doesn’t know about the fracture, which I find amazing after he’s done several nerve root ablations using an x-ray machine. I’m going to ask him why he’s never noticed the fracture, and what the hell he’s going to do about it now. Geez, I’m so aggravated.

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      June 28 at 8:42 am

      I hope he has some answers for you Jacquie! Good luck ♥

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    September 30 at 1:56 pm

    great article about fms vs. r.a. pain … i have both!

    • Reply
      September 30 at 6:12 pm

      So sorry GG! and thank you 🙂 ♥

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