Bellajoon, the only professional massage I ever had was one year before my diagnosis. It wasn't so-called 'therapeutic'. (I was treated to a spa day at Elizabeth Arden in NYC... ahhh ~ the memories!) Mostly, it was nice and soothing, very relaxing. But she did some kind of little trick near the end of the time where she pinched points in my upper back extremely hard - my gosh, it hurt! - and just held it like that for what seemed like eternity. But then when she let go, it was oddly energizing. Are you saying that the therapeutic massage was painful like that for the entire time? I don't think I could stand it for very long. Maybe I should re-think that plan. lol
I do like my chiropractor, though, and haven't seen him in a few years. I have wondered from time to time if he might be able to help. Another possibility to consider.
OK4Now ~ I had a workup for all those 'muscle' diseases shortly after starting on Synthroid. Unbeknownst to me and my stupid PCP, I was having all kinds of joint pain and increased muscle pain. He didn't know what to do but run $2000 worth of tests for fibro, MCTD, lupus, RA, etc. that all turned out normal. (He had proven himself to be an idiot about thyroid already, so I didn't take his word the tests were normal; I checked them out with the Internet's help.) Anyway, there are thyroid experts who say fibro is just another variation of thyroid disease. Don't know for sure, but someday maybe it will be proven or not.
JB ~ You've really done it all, haven't you? A real Jill of all Trades... or Therapies, so to speak. ;) The insurance possibility sounds hopeful, that is, if I think I can stand the pain BJ talks about. And your massage and physio experience is valuable, too. I thank you for sharing all that. (You know, I too have had a bad bursitis in one hip for well over six years... and knock wood, it seems to have disappeared in the last couple months. Don't know what to make of it... that's one thing I've never seen attributed to hypo.) Don't be a stranger, my friend. We've missed you!
Yeah dea, I get the 'shakies' sometimes, and PVC's pretty often too, but less since taking med. I've had the PVC's for years and years. When I was young and dumb, I just figured if they didn't kill me the first ten times, they weren't likely to after that; so I just ignored them. (The silly logic of youth, eh?) I still just ignore them.
Do you have benign positional vertigo? Mine was bad today. Shopping for DH's undies and T-shirts... The big sizes are always stocked near the floor, and bending down to sort through them isn't too darn easy when it feels like I'll pass out after standing back up. This is something that had been better for several months; now it's getting worse again.
I've had the breathing trouble too. It was worst during the time just before I realized my chest pressure issue was due to hypo. I was trying to get in shape using a treadmill. The idiot PCP was pushing statin and BP meds in my face, and I was fighting him tooth and nail. Thought by exercising I could lick both problems. It was a tough go walking a 16-minute mile while it was so hard to breathe. It seems much better now that I'm in treatment. Of course, it's a bit hard to know for sure... I'm not much into the treadmill these days... what with the sore muscles.
Surely there must be some kind of breathing exercises that would strengthen your diaphragm and chest muscles? The kind of program that opera singers undergo... something? Do-re-mi-mi-mi-mi... :)
Ah well, I guess we'll survive, Girls. It's good we have each other.