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Trigger point massage.

Jun 17, 2016 10:01 AM

Hello all. I've been in pain for many years throughout my body. The doctor has mentioned fibromyalgia and has been treating me as such. Anyway, after a couple of weeks of particularly bad shoulder and neck pain I went for a gentle Swedish massage.

All lovely until the therapist hit a couple of bumps on my lower back either side of my spine. She hadn't felt anything like it. The pain was immense. She said my back was way beyond her remit and referred me to a sports masseuse.

She also advised me to go to the doctor. The doctor felt them, mumbled something about 'gristle' and sent me on my way.

So I saw the sports masseuse today. She said my back and glute area is extremely tight and knotted and went on to do a trigger point massage using her hands and hot stones.

It was soooooooooooo painful. There were moments I would liken to the pain of childbirth. Moments. But...

Hopefully it will help. The sports masseuse has high hopes for releasing a lot of pain, and I'm willing to give it a shot, despite feeling like one massive bruise now!

So I was wondering if anyone would be interested in updates as I go through this?

Jun 17, 2016 12:14 PM

Yes, please keep us posted. I have knots all over, likely from the fibro. Hugs & prayers it works very well! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 17, 2016 2:45 PM

Its going to hurt so much and you'll be sore for a long time after while your body protests to you trying to change it's 'normal' state. Please dont give up on it because I'm sure it will help a lot in the long run.
Please keep us updated on how it goes

Jun 17, 2016 6:02 PM

Definately go ahead with the massage and I will follow your progress. My Physio does that type of massage and if that doesn't go deep enough she does acupuncture. Works like a charm when the bruised feeling wears off 😀 I take mild anti inflammatory meds after that treatment too.

Jun 17, 2016 6:20 PM

I had the massage at 10:30am and it's now after midnight (I'm in Scotland). Today has been a write-off really. The first 6 hours after I felt very tired and stiff and sore. Felt almost 'wired' though as I tried to have a nap but couldn't get to sleep.

The second part of the day was a bit better, although after a bath I has a spell of intense pain. It's been more of a migraine evening! I've been hydrating and hoping to get to sleep soon.

Next massage is on Monday. A bit apprehensive as now I know what's coming, haha!

Thanks for the support people. It means a lot :) xx

Jun 18, 2016 12:39 AM

Make sure you drink lots of water to flush out all the lactic acid they broke up and released into your body. That is the quickest way to get feeling better. Also stretch, ice to sore spots, take b-12 and
Co Q-10 all taken at once. If you can tolerate a steam room that helps flush all the toxins out aswell.

Jun 18, 2016 4:38 AM

I managed around 6 hours sleep. I ended up taking a Lorazepam which helped. Today I feel more upright (been up for 4 hours) although my lower back and hips are very painful and stiff.

But I feel straighter so that's huge! X

Jun 20, 2016 4:13 AM

Still feeling straighter and generally a bit better. This morning, I went for a very gentle 10 minute cycle. Not much, but a HUGE achievement considering how awful it's been. Having my second trigger point massage in a couple of hours. Will update after :)

Jun 20, 2016 8:08 AM

Ok, so second massage less painful, probably because I'd been 'tenderised' 3 days before, haha. But it felt like good pain today, it felt like I really really needed it. My muscles felt grateful! We'll see how things go over the next couple of weeks before I go back again. Fingers crossed some healing can take place now :)

Jun 20, 2016 4:28 PM

Hugs & prayers the healing does come & last! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 20, 2016 8:34 PM

Hi I'm 22 and been suffering with fatigue and a painful neck for months. I can't write without feeling pain in my arms neck and shoulders. The past few weeks I've been having serious pain in my neck shoulder and back constantly. My doctor thinks it's CFS or fibro but waiting to see a rheumatologist.any suggestions for medication I can take to ease the pain?

Jun 21, 2016 8:33 AM

K1994, has your doctor run an EMG-nerve conduction study on your hands & arms, to rule out nerve damage in the cervical spine or CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome)? A neurologist usually runs the test. You could try some ointment rub in the neck-shoulder area. You could also purchase some crafters gloves (no fingertips to interfere using gadgets). The gloves give just enough compression to help with mild nerve pain &/or cramps in the hands. I take Tylenol Arthritis every day, and some days it works, some it doesn't. Hugs & prayers you can get answers and helpful treatment soon! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 21, 2016 6:27 PM

Thanks for the reply :) !no I paid privately to see a neurologist and he was awful he told me it was anxiety even though I told hom I wasn't worrying about anything he told me to go back to the gym and carry on As normal which I obviously would if I could (so frustrating ) he tested my reflexes and they were fine and I've had mri scans on my head, neck and back which were all fine. Thanks for the advice I will try that , it's a burning achy pain all over I just want a diagnosis so I can get some advice on how to manage it. My gp has been great but some of the consultants I've seen make me feel like I am going mad!x

Jun 22, 2016 8:34 AM

The burning sounds like what my muscles do, especially in the tops of my back/shoulders. I've slowly been doing stretches & exercises to try and strengthen. But when I overdo it, that's when I get the burning achy pain. My physical therapist told me to use heat before & ice packs after to help with this. Sometimes it helps better than other times. I hope you get answers soon. And I think I'd ask my PCP to refer me for an EMG-nerve conduction. Hugs & prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 22, 2016 6:25 PM

Have you been diagnosed? I've been in really bad pain tonight using a hot water bottle which eases it a little bit. Ok thanks for your help :) x

Jun 22, 2016 7:23 PM

I have DDD, OA, fibromyalgia, & sjogrens that affect my spine andor/joints & muscles. I've got CTS in both wrists, but only had surgery on the right one.

Jun 23, 2016 8:00 PM

Oh sounds awful :(. Whenever I use my right hand to write, use s hair dryer etc it swells up and so does my lower arm. It makes me shoulder neck and hand hurt too I have no idea why but has been happening since December which is another thing stopping me work as I work on reception!x

Jun 23, 2016 8:21 PM

Lol, that's only a tiny part of my chronic pain issues. The Lord keeps my mind strong, even though I struggle with depression & anxiety, & even if my body fails me. 🙏 You should see an orthopedist to rule out major issues from the cervical spine. I use to get swelling in my forearms, and the Ortho doc said it was tendonitis and put me in a strap. It actually helped. They now sell them in any pharmacy. Hugs & prayers you find out what's going on soon & get relief from the pain! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 24, 2016 6:06 PM

It's been 4 days since my second trigger point massage. I can't believe how much better my upper back feels. Amazing! Utterly amazing. My knees aren't doing so good though which makes me think it's more of an osteoarthritis situation. Feels more like a mechanical problem. I've been referred to a physiotherapist, so hopefully I'll get an appointment in the next couple of months. My upper back feels like it belongs to someone else! Haha!

I would thoroughly recommend trigger point massage. Looking forward to my next session already :)

Jun 24, 2016 6:29 PM

Maybe I need to find a massage therapist for my fibro trigger points. I'm so glad it's helping you!🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 24, 2016 6:34 PM

I would say go for it! Worth a shot. I'm going to keep going with it in a maintenance kind of way, and as soon as I start to feel pain like that again I'll be there asap! I can't believe the relief and how I suffered with my back for so long. Goes to show it's all too easy to neglect ourselves. Thank you for your support :) It's much appreciated xx

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