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Tattoos and fibro?

Jan 10, 2016 6:55 PM

I suffer from fibro, and get a lot of pain on my ribs, like it's really painful just to touch them and the pain gets worse and lasts a long time. I lost my dad in October and wanted to get a tattoo for him. Just want to know if anyone else has had one and how they found it with the pain? It's one I'd love to get but scared I wouldn't manage for the pain.

Jan 10, 2016 8:05 PM

Fibro0195, I don't have tatoos. But I have fibro and can't imagine getting a tatoo. The reason I say that is because in my mind I know the process of tatooing is painful, and having chronic pain for so long I definitely don't want to add to it. The thought of burning through nerve fibers in the skin tissues just makes me cringe! I mean, neuropathy pain is something i can't control, but tatooing to me would be like adding insult to injury. This is just my thoughts., but I'm🐓 Lol! Others may actually have experience to share. Good luck & best wishes with your decision! 😷🙏🌼

Jan 10, 2016 8:08 PM

Not burning, but the needle process is what I mean. What about having the tatoo trust create a picture you could hang on your walk in memory of your dad? My daughter and her hubby has several on their walls, and bodies. Just a suggestion I thought of after I hit post.

Jan 10, 2016 8:11 PM

I know some people have been okay with tattoos, but I don't have any experience myself.

Jan 10, 2016 8:36 PM

I have 2 tattoos before fibro got bad. I can tell you it is about placement. Anywhere close to bone or tendon is gonna hurt to some extent on everyone. I had 1 small ine on my shoulder in the bra strap area and laughed all the way through it. It honestly just vibrated. My 2nd was on my lower leg and as it got close to my ankle it hurt. I would try a little one like a date or name that can be added to later in a fatty place.

Jan 10, 2016 10:23 PM

I have 7 tattoos. Although I started getting body art before my "official" diagnosis of Lupus, Sjogrens, and Chronic Myofacial Pain Syndrome, my last 2 works of art were done after myvand I have suffered no ill effects. It may be because my artworks are relatively small, or because their locations are in areas on my body where there is an "abundance" of fatty tissue.

Jan 10, 2016 10:47 PM

One note of advice: I would advise if anyone is considering getting body art (tattoo), please, please do your research on artist and/or facility where there procedure is being done. Ask questions and sit down and discuss with the artist. Ask particularly about their equipment and instrument cleaning procedures, about the ink, and the healing. Inquire the BBB and/or health department about facility inspections and complaints. Finally, disciss with your physician, be honest, and really listen to what they have to say. This sounds like a lot of work, but it is necessary. Body art is essentially a medical procedure and most of us in this forum already have compromised immune systems. One misstep in a medical procedure can have devastating and lifelong consequences for us.

Peace, Love, Turtles, and Frogs!

Jan 10, 2016 11:40 PM

I have a tat for my mum and dad who both passed within 20 mths of each other. I had no issue with either the procedure or product used. Just avoid anywhere that is a trigger for your pain. Its not the actual needle work that's just like someone scratching over and over in the same place but its where the tattooist will n3ed too rest his hand upon. Just start with a small one and as above had started ensure they are fully licensed and hygiene is tip top especially if they don't use I disposable equipment. Thrr have been a few horror stories where sterilizers have not worked properly or at the correct temperature and have given life altering illnesses. Personal recommendations from people you know is sometimes a good way to find a good tattooist. If you are sensitive to hair dyes that is a bit of a red flag moment as to not having one done. Research the Internet hun, forearmed is forewarned so they say. Also inform your tattooist if you go ahead that you have fibro. Good luck x

Jan 10, 2016 11:47 PM

I got one but I was 16 when I got it and back then it wasn't bad. I got it on my right bicep. I didn't have any complications from it back then but now with fibro I find it often burns and feels like it's going to bubble out of my skin. When I look at it though there is nothing. No redness or swelling or anything that I can see. It will even hurt at times like a tingly pain. I don't know how to explain it really but it's more annoying than anything but nothing compared to my other pain issues. It will often itch at night too but again, nothing I can see physically that is wrong. Drives me crazy sometimes. Everyone is different and will react differently, fibro or not. I think maybe if you try something very tiny that isn't located in any "tender" areas, then maybe you could expand on it. Just my personal experience and thoughts. Hope it helps! I'm very sorry for your loss. :(

Jan 11, 2016 10:00 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. I have Fibro, RSD, degenerative joint disease, etc, etc, etc.... I have TEN tattoos and not one of them bothered me. I have to say that with the pain I suffer, that was nothing. Everyone is different though. I did notice that getting ones in the areas of the RSD, it burned while he tattooed me but it wasn't agonizing. (It was also 20 years ago). Last tattoo I got was 5 years ago on the inside of my forearm and it didn't hurt me at all. Had matching tattoos done with my Cousin and I think the adrenaline and excitement made me not feel it. Hope if you get one, you're happy with it and that you don't have a bad experience. {{{Hugs}}} 🌻🙏🏻

Jan 11, 2016 12:33 PM

OK, see I'm 🐓 and not afraid to admit it! But I do thank you all for educating me on the when, what, where, & how. Have a blessed day! 😷🙏🌼

Jan 11, 2016 2:31 PM

LOL Flappsy!! You're not chicken, you just don't want tattoos. They're not for everyone. I've liked them since I was a young kid and as soon as I turned 18 I started getting them. I have them on both upper arms, right wrist, right middle finger (it's a "K"), left side of my chest and both calves. I have been saving for another one that I want to get (a koi fish) that will go from my right shoulder and cover my upper right chest. I also want to get another on my right inside forearm. They are very expensive so who knows if it will even happen. 💕🙏🏻🌻

Jan 11, 2016 7:01 PM

Oh no Alwayz... I'm chicken! I am needless of any kind, and I'm certainly not going to put any near me that I don't have to! Lol I won't ever get one, unless it's the rub on kind. 🐓 Bok bok! 😷🙏🌼

Jan 11, 2016 11:36 PM

I have 11 tats and none of them really bothered me. It was more of making sure I was comfortable during the Tat. It's kind of hard to sit still for 6-9 hrs. But I as long as you let your artist know when you need to move or even take a quick break you should be ok. And make sure you eat before you go.. I would also suggest staying away from your trigger points. But to me each and every min I spent uncomfortable to get my ink was worth it.

Jan 12, 2016 12:08 AM

I'm with you Flappys. I'm 🐔 when it comes to that especially with my immune system and skin both are, uhhhh no!!!!

Jan 12, 2016 4:13 AM

I have one on the back of my neck right between my shoulders, it's not very big and has very fine lines (Celtics symbol for sisterhood and eternal love) it was painful but bearable, my tattoo artist was very soft and able to distract me with conversation and did such an amazing job that my sisters preferred it over their own matching version. I also plan to get another one which has already been designed for me which will be my warrior tattoo :) It's a water color style with semicolons pouring into a spoon from a life story so long that no one can see the beginning or the end. I would also like to incorporate the fibro ribbon into it if it's possible. It might hurt but I absolutely adore the one I already have and the picture of the one I want reminds me to stay strong. I got the little one first to see how my tolerance was

Jan 12, 2016 8:29 AM

I have had Fibromyalgia for 30 years. Just got my first tattoo in June. I actually found it relaxing! No pain at all. But as with everything with fibromyalgia, each person reacts differently.

Jan 12, 2016 12:27 PM

I was thinking about getting the Fibro ribbon myself.

Jan 12, 2016 7:08 PM

I didn't know there was a fibro ribbon. Cool!

Jan 12, 2016 7:24 PM

Alwayz I just knew you were a tatted woman!!!! <~~~smiling! Thanks for texting me sorry I have not gotten back with ya.. But I will! I have a tattoo, got it 1995.. At the ankle....it smarted for sure but no overly painful!/Much Love and Blessings, Terri

Jan 12, 2016 10:13 PM

I personally don't have one like Flappsy I am to chicken to get one. My sister got one about 15 yrs ago she got it on her lower back I think they call it a tramp stamp spot, she got 3 roses two outer ones are red and the middle one is yellow, she said it brought her to tears through the whole procedure, she was supposed to go back and have it touched up but she never has done it. She said it was so painful that she would never do it again. My daughter was with her and she said the Tatoo artist was high as a kite the whole time she worked on her. Good luck

Jan 13, 2016 2:49 AM

I have several large tattoos including an arm sleeve and a rib piece. I usually take some OTC pain meds about 30 minutes before an appointment. I take Ibuprofen for swelling and extra strength Tylenol for pain. I also either smoke some MMJ or easy a medible an hour beforehand. It seems to make the procedure go a lot smoother. I have a natural high tolerance to pain but even I have my limits after a couple of hours. My Fibro doesn't seem to effect it at all.

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