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   Posted 3/26/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone - I'm really new here and am still not sure whether I have fibro (my doctor is 90% sure, but I'm having all of the other testing done for other potential diseases).
In any case, I woke up this morning with so much back pain - but not my normal pain - this felt like my entire back was bruised - or the worst sunburn I've ever had all rolled into one.  I can't wear clothes...i cant brush against it lightly - I can't even have my hair on my back! shocked  It's so painful...and I can't lay down or lean against this common?  I've had "skin pain" before (usually night after drinking - on my chest and neck) but NOTHING like this - I can't even have clothes on for goodness sakes.  I called the doctor but i doubt there's anything I can do until my test results come in.  Does this sound like something that is common to Fibro? Or something else possibly?
The only think I can think of is sometimes my PT does massage on my back and gets into those muscles that are really tense and (although uncomfortable at the time) it never bothers me...infact I feel better.  But yesterday, I bought one of those ****su seats that massages your back and it felt great at the time....and I have no idea if that has anything to do with this or not but its the only thing I can think of! smhair
Any feedback would be much appreciated...

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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, we have people that have that painful burning problem.  And I do think that seat thingy did it to you.  You need gentle massages so  you don't flare.  Deep tissue massages are not advised for most everyone.  I wouldn't be able to move if I had a deep tissue massage
Marlee bought one of those massagers but for her neck and it hurt her so that is probably what happened.  See if your doctor would have you take ibuprofen with food.  That might calm it down for you.  I'm sorry you are going through this.
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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Sherrine.  I sat in one of those roller massage chairs in Sharper Image for about fifteen minutes...the next day I thought the skin was peeling and burning off my back.  Never Again!  I would bet that the massager is your culprit.



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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch! the nerve pain is burning. The massager hurts me, too. I agree that ibuprofin with food will probably help, if you can take it. I hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 3/26/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone...yeah it still feels like one big bruise....I feel like when I look in the mirror my whole back will be black and blue! I'm not supposed to have much ibuprofen because of an ulcer but I take vicoprofen every once in a while so I can try to see if the ibuprofen helps. I'm already on muscle relaxers for pelvic floor dysfunction and they haven't helped...I'm just ready for it to go away because I can't sit/lean or lay and everything else is starting to hurt! haha..called my PT and she said no more chair!

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   Posted 3/26/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have bought, tried and returned all those massagers skull There for awhile I felt like I should have been getting paid as a guinea pig for the pain I was causing myself. I do get massages from a girl with the lightest touch of anyone that works there and I have tried them all too and paid for it. She now has the magic touch when it comes to my body. I was sick this week and had to cancel and almost cried but didn't want to spread anything to her. I have one for next Thurs morning, ahhhh.
It is sad we have to learn these things the hard way and suffer but now you know why you are hurting and burning. The burning is horrible and to me the worse kind of pain. Soak in the tub as much as you can and it will go away soon. Have you ever watched a TV show or movie where they had public whippings across someone's back??? I never could imagine what that must feel like til I got fibro and the deep burning pain all over my back it causes.
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   Posted 3/26/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my gosh - you're right!!! That's EXACTLY what it feels like! I was sooo scared to look in the mirror because I was scared of what id see but nothing! I just figured I'd be ok because my PT does such a good job - Plus it felt good! Boy was I wrong...the other PT said "yes...those chairs are far off from Karen's hands..." and she was right!

Thanks so much for the reply :)

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   Posted 3/27/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I am so sorry for what you are going through, but I guess that is the way that we learn. I use to have two different girls that gave me a massage. The one did deep tissue, and at that time I didn't know any better. The next day I had a huge knot on the back of my neck and it sure did hurt. I was in pain for a while. But the pt told me to put a bag of frozen corn on it and it did help some. So maybe you could do something like that in that area.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 3/27/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, sometimes I can't even touch my own neck/shoulder area with any pressure at all because it just makes it worse, for a long time. I once tried cryotherapy (massage + ice) and boy, did I pay!! Typically, it wasn't bad at the time, it was the next day. None of those massager chairs work for me, either. We are sensitive little creatures, you know. UNFORTUNATELY.
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   Posted 3/27/2010 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your comments and support. I'm feeling a little better today but still feel bruised to touch. At least I can wear clothes today! I just thought it was great to pay the same price for a chair as one massage, but its going back! Just have to stick with my PT and what she teaches my boyfriend :)

Now just waiting for the results of all the exclusion tests....I hate waiting over a weekend!!!
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