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PT for fibromyalgia - is it worth it?

Dec 13, 2016 11:47 PM

I have been seeking chiropractic care. It's helped with my migraines. However, my fm is still flaring and no matter what I do - I suffer. opinions on PT to help ease FM pain? Has it worked for you? I am young and want to find a path of relief - it's hard to think my life will be full of pain day in and day out. It's really isolating mentally because no one really gets it & I don't want to burden them with my issues. Thanks for the advice!

Dec 14, 2016 2:41 AM

I did aqua therapy because I lost a lot of muscle strength in my legs. I had constant bad pain and was getting to the point where it was hard to stand. It took a while to notice any changes but it actually really did help. I gained back some of my muscle strength and found confidence to push forward.

Dec 14, 2016 5:09 AM

Aqua therapy in warm water has helped me too. Cold water makes me hurt.

Dec 14, 2016 8:29 AM

I am currently doing PT. It is helping a lot. The therapist I am seeing doesn't treat just one area. For me she focusses on the neck and shoulders but then secondary she works worth the complete body mechanics because that also helps those trouble areas. She also does dry needling. So for me she has been.a Godsend. My previous PT only concentrated on one area so I was constantly in and out. Of you do PT check out the different ones available to find the best one for you. :)

Dec 14, 2016 11:55 AM

Ok- thanks again for the advice. I got a script from my pcd but I haven't followed through because I was trying daily stretching and exercise. However I've been having a bad flare this week so my stubborn butt needs to go!

Dec 14, 2016 12:54 PM

I've been in and out of PT all year for various reasons. I believe it's very helpful because it helps prevent stiffness, & increases strength and mobility.

Dec 14, 2016 3:19 PM

I have my first PT appointment tomorrow, I'm hoping after a 6 month wait for the appointment that I get some benefit from it. 🍀

Dec 15, 2016 1:03 AM


Its a slow process. At first you might find yourself hurting a little more as you start strengthening and training your body. I hope you find the right therapist to work with.

Dec 15, 2016 1:06 AM

Best of luck to you. Remember there may be some added soreness at first. Oh and if something hurts make sure you let them know. Feeling a gentle stretch is ok. Feeling like you are gonna jump out of your skin from the pain - not so much. :)

Let us know how it goes for you.

Dec 27, 2016 10:41 AM

Dr. Liptan of FIBRO MANUAL recommends fascial therapy which addresses the lining of the muscles where she believes is the issue in fibro.

Dec 27, 2016 12:28 PM

I say yes, keep in mind it's not gonna be as fast of a process as the " normal" patients. But yes. Physical therapist are awesome they understand the anatomy of the body and nerves paths very well and are able to assist you in productive movements that can help your mobility. I've been in pt for almost a year and and scheduled to go back after I get to six weeks post op. So if u have the opportunity to get PT I say go for it

Dec 27, 2016 12:30 PM

I agree with everyone else on here, especially if you are young. It will probably feel worse at first but it will be worth it in the end

Dec 27, 2016 12:48 PM

Hi sorry all, I forgot to post back.

I saw the physio, who after a 10 min chat and a thorough examined decided that physiotherapy is not the way to go for me. She had told me to discuss a couple of issues with my Dr and to wait for the pain clinic appointment. So a wait of 6 months for nothing 😞

Dec 29, 2016 8:20 PM

:( am so sorry Cinders. When is your pain clinic appt. Scheduled for?

Dec 30, 2016 8:49 AM

Determining what works & what doesn't is all part of finding a treatment plan. So don't be discouraged. You made progress. Mark PT off the list for now. Move on to what you can do while you wait for your pain management appt.

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