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   Posted 1/17/2010 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
My friend has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for a year and a half. Last night she got a massage, and someone was pushing extremely hard to try to get a knot out of her back. The next day when she woke up, it started to it. The area, around the upper shoulder, quickly became so sensitive that even her hair touching it caused the sensation of pain. She said it felt better after a hot bath, but only for awhile. I recommended putting ice on it for the swelling which she is doing now. It has been a day since the massage. She thinks it is related to her fibromyalgia.

The severity of how sensitive that area on her back is, is unlike anything I've ever personally seen. I accidentally barely touched it and she almost started to cry. Does this sound familiar to anybody? Is there a recommended way of treating it? I told her to call her doctor tomorrow.

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   Posted 1/17/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
That severity of sensitivity is pretty common with fibromyalgia. She could try heat, ice, or a muscle relaxant if she has one. I would also be careful not to rub or touch it. In my experience, the extreme sensitivity will diminish in that spot as it recovers from the massage.

Unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia are susceptible to that kind of pain, and it may return in another "spot" from another source. A lot of us have to be really careful with massage therapy and physical therapy. Even clothing that is too tight can cause tender spots.

Massage therapy can be really beneficial to people with fibro. If she goes again, maybe she can find a therapist who has experience treating people with fibro, or she can talk to her current therapist about her sensitivity.

I hope she feels better soon. :)
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   Posted 1/17/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
i have had that sensation on my back before.....had not had a massage tho. i tried heat and also pain cream { but dont use them together.. can cause u to blister} my finally got better on its own...after about 5 days. sorry i didnt know any "fixes".......i do hope she will get relief soon. ill be watching to see if anyone has a solution in case it happens to me again. you are a good friend to care so much ...i know she must really appreciate your concern.

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   Posted 1/17/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds totally normal to me, tho unfortunate. The pain will fade in a few days, or migrate to some other place. Time for a painkiller!!

My neck and shoulders are particularly tender places, as well. My best suggestion is to tell a massage therapist that 1. the client has fibro and 2. these are tender spots currently flaring.
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   Posted 1/17/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nek and welcome. I know it's too late for this advice but we can only get massages from someone that is trained in fibro and myofascial pain syndome (MPS). Personally, I can only tolerate massages from someone with a light touch even though I have gone to others trained in fibro.
I have had some bad massages before I learned what I can take and can't take but I don't think I have ever had a place to swell. I would continue with the heat and ice and have her call her doc tomorrow, just my opinion.
Hope she gets better quickly. We can have some horrible tender spots.
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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies! We were both asleep pretty much all day Sunday because it kept her up until sunrise. I think the ice pack, OxyContin, and Tylenol pm finally did the trick. She had a hard time relaxing, she tends to get anxious and shakes one of her legs or paces, etc.... (I think she has medication for that too). Her muscles were too tight, which caused more pain, which made her more tense and nervous. It was a viscous cycle I think. It's good to know of other peoples experiences. She has never been that incredibly sensitive before, and neither of us knew what was going on, or have ever heard of anything like that happening to anyone before. All that mystery makes it a lot worse. She is at work now, but still sore, and will be seeing her doctor in about 3 hours. I'll talk to her about getting massages from someone specially trained in fibro and MPS.

Thanks again.
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