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   Posted 4/30/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
       Was just curious , when u get the bad mussle pains do u perfer heat or ice , have been using ice on my neck and it does help , but yesturday  , PT put heat on my ankle cause I broke it two months ago and still have sprain tendon ect . And it felt really nice . Helped alot with the pain , but she also used those electio things . Just curious.
Dx : Lupus , fibromyalgia , Meds : predasone 5mg morning and 5 at night , 400mg plaqunil a day , 400mg sulfazine a day , algeria , flexeril , vicodin , as needed .

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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again Crystal!
According to Devin Starlanyl's books (if you dont have any of her books get at least one, she is a fibro guru!) cold treatments reduce blood/ lymph flow and thus inflammation. She says ice can lower the pain caused by the muscle tightness by reducing nerve conduction velocity, making it take longer for the pain signals to reach your brain. The downside is that most of us cant tolerate cold. Starlanyl says, "If your pain eases in response to cold, that's often a sign that a nerve is entrapped." (The Fibromyalgia Advocate, p.168)
On the other hand, "heat increases blood flow and the elasticity of connective tissue. It also increases swelling and inflammation. Trigger-points are areas with long-term insufficiency of blood flow. Trigger-points that are causing muscle pain generally respond to moist heat." (TFA, p.169)

So to answer your question, it isnt uncommon to see me with heat packs on my joints and an ice pack on my neck. But in the winter when I ache all over, I lay under an electric blanket and pretend I am at the beach! smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou Lost , I have went to book store so many times and can't find any good books , my dad who also has fibro , has this book on trigger points to rub to help with pain , I just thank god for this web site , allways find my self here during a flare , everybody is so help full and the post cover so much , will google the book . He can't rember where he got his book , going to pt for neck tonight . Rumey says he thinks it's wry neck and fibro , I don't know about him though he is new my rumey is retiring and I have been seeing him for 5 years , I am so upset , seen new one monday and had to wait two and half hours for him to come in room , then he acted like I was inconvinceing him , love the place I go to they have everything there xray , lab ,and 6 rumeys . but I have allready seen two and don't care for them , My lupus is under control cause of predasone , but fibro is giving me so much trouble . Found out I also now have trigger finger . Just such a bad month . And we just bought a nice ranch house , have love to love my hubby he is thinking of my future . But he is also causing me stress, now everything is on one floor he is following everyone around shutting off lights and I will be cleaning running from one room to next with him up my butt. Love the ranch house , but found out u can't just skip upstairs when cleaning up everyday , cause it's all on one floor , plus side is bathroom is right next to bedroom , you know when we get up we can't move . Sorry I am venting right now . Thank you for advice . Take care and have the best day
Dx : Lupus , fibromyalgia , Meds : predasone 5mg morning and 5 at night , 400mg plaqunil a day , 400mg sulfazine a day , algeria , flexeril , vicodin , as needed .

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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Moist heat is generally the preferred method with fibro.  I can tolerate ice but it doesn't help me.  It does help reduce swelling but then that's not a fibro problem.
We like hot showers and baths and many use a Bed Buddy.  You can find them in Walgreen's and other places or you can make your own.  Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of raw rice and tie a knot on the end.  You can microwave this and it gives off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never actually thought to try ice myself. I didn't make a conscious decision to avoid icing sore areas, it just never occurred to me! lol. I do get a lot of relief from moist heat, though. I LOVE hot baths and my homemade bed buddy!
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   Posted 4/30/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
ICE for me...heat causes more pain...ugh
always have ice pack in the freezer

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