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Old 09-17-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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massage question

I got my very first massage yesterday. I was really looking forward to it. But today the pain in the "pressure points" is unbearable! Has this happened to anyone before? I am not even seeing the rheumatologist for dx until next week. But I am now more than ever convinced that I do have FM. I will definitely not get another massage. It's not worth the pain that I am going thru today. If this has happened to anyone, how long did the pain last? This is one of my worst days ever, since I started hurting 10 weeks ago.

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Old 09-17-2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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Re: massage question

Hi, yes I have massages that actually caused flare ups....
and I have massages that seemed to help...
I guess you can never tell what's going to make this condition better or worse..
I hope your next massage will be better..

Old 09-18-2008, 01:39 AM   #3
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Re: massage question


I have myofascial disease also. The only thing that helps me is deep tissue massage and at times myofascial release. I lie there and cry at times, but I tell the PT to get the knot out. Does it hurt? Yes, but a couple of days later it feels better for me. I feel better when the trigger point areas are broken up, since they refer pain to other places. Devin Starlanyl M.D. has really helpful books and answers bunches of questions. Get the one that has fibromyalgia and myofascial on the front, it covers more. She has both things like I do. I refer to it all the time, it's something you will use, not just read and put on a shelf. If I vacation or am overnight not at my home, it goes with me.

I hope you're not as sore today.

Old 09-18-2008, 03:29 AM   #4
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Re: massage question

Hi there lm seeing the rheumy for the 1s ttime the 29th of this month! Good luck to both of us with getting a dxn and answers!! When l was having physio which gladly didnt last long l was crippled for days afterwards l did read somewhere you should only get massages of persons who are trained to deal with fibro patients. Sorry this is short feeling rough good luck x

Old 09-18-2008, 05:20 AM   #5
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Re: massage question

when i 1st had FM i could not tollerate massages, they left me in so much pain i was bed bound for days after one, however it was a sports massage so it was too much so i decided to stick with it and had a gentler swedish massage, it still elft me sore and tired but i stuck them out and over the 2yrs i am now able to tollerate them well, im so glad i stuck to them, it wasnt easy, but me being stubborn i didnt want to give them up as i enjoyed them before i had FM and didnt want to give them up.
I would speak to your massager and tell them you can not tolerate as much pressure - frtunately for me my massage therapist has a daughter with M.E so she knew to take it easy with me.
good luck i hope you can manage to keep having the massages.

Old 09-18-2008, 08:51 AM   #6
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Re: massage question

I have been having massage therapy for many years due to my FM pain and severe muscle spams. I almost always feel worse the day after - its very important to drink ALOT of water immediately following a massage and also taking a warm bath helps too. Usually 2 days after you should have relief. Sometimes it takes trying a few different therapists too to find one that is best for you and knows about FM. I like a fairly deep massage and trigger point therapy which usually causes me to cry - but its the only way to break up the severe muscle spasms I get. It hurts, but its a good hurt if that makes sense!!


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