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kelly71
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My mom has been telling me for a long time that she is gonna take me for a massage.  Yesterday, we made an appointment for both of us (for Friday).  I made sure the lady that will be doing mine knows about fibro and asked if she could give me a light massage.  I know I've talked about getting a deep tissue massage (cause I have used to think it felt so good even though it hurt so bad), but most of y'all have warned me with a loud, "Don't do it!" nono   LOL
 
Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions about things I might need to tell her?  Any help would be greatly appreciated! yeah
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
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libertykitty
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
It's mostly just important that you be able to give her feedback so that she learns your pain threshold. I actually love deep tissue massage because my aches are usually deeper, whereas it seems most fibro-ers are very sensitive on the surface. I do get surface pain, but it passes in a couple of days and then reappears elsewhere. When I go for a massage I tell her that she can be firm on my mid-to-lower back but has to be careful around my shoulders and hips. If it's a better day I tell her so, and she is slightly firmer on my sorer spots. The rest of the day I feel kind of stiff and sore, but by the next morning, I feel amazing.

So remember that it's about you. You know the difference between "This hurts but will feel better later" and "OW!" so just make it clear to the masseuse where that line is. If it varies depending on the part of your body like it does for me, she should be willing to adapt to that.

Best of luck!

-Sandi
Diagnosed with arachnoid cysts February 2002, fibromyalgia February 2008.

I think I should stop getting diagnostics done in February...


Sherrine
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, as Sandi said, let her know if she is hurting you.  You don't want that.  You may feel some discomfort when she is working on a muscle knot but it shouldn't be out and out painful.  Hope this helps.
 
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deb in indiana
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   Posted 11/5/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Drink lots of water cause of toxins and like the others say tell her if ist hurting Deb

getting by
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I get gentle massage when I get it. I dont' want anymore pain than I already have.

Off Topic Kelly,

You owe me an email. I figure that you have been settled in long enough to have time to write your friends. I feel left out. Feel sorry for me.LOL...I miss you....Whatever it takes....Just kidding.

Take care, write me.

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mamanan
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't wait to hear how you'll do! I have a referral for a massage from my doctor so part will be covered by insurance, but I haven't gone yet. I'm so scared since no one can touch my back without it hurting. Sometimes I think that someone who knows what they are doing woudl be beneficial, other times I think no way! Actually, my dh just gave me a backrub the other day. It was so nice, since I hadn't had my back touched in months! He started very slowly at the neck adn shoulders before he moved to the shoulder blades. Then he hit a pressure point, and it was game over. :(
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline


kelly71
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   Posted 11/6/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen (gb),
 
Check your mail! smilewinkgrin
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


Marlee2
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   Posted 11/6/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, I did the massage experiment thing remember??? The girl with the lighter touch won. We have had so much going on I have not had one for awhile and I could use one this morning. Too bad they don't have walk-ins cause I would get dressed and go. smilewinkgrin Keep it light and drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out and it should feel good.
 
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