hot/cool therapy at the pool

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   Posted 3/11/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It was suggested to me to dip my hands from hot to cool tubs of water at 10 minutes each to try to decrease some to the constant ache in the fingers.  Since my joints all over were hurting I figured a trip to the pool would be good.  I started the membership 2 weeks ago, but only went once one evening to let the kids swim.
Today I went back and forth 10 min in the pool, walking and swinging my arms around at neck depth, then 10 minutes in the whirlpool moving my joints and leaning my tense shoulder/neck muscles into the bubbles.  I went back and forth for an hour.
I came out, still sore, but it was not such a "malignant" sore feeling.  I don't know how to describe it so it makes sense.  The pain didn't go away, didn't get better, didn't change, but it didn't feel "damaging"/"evil"/"angry" as much.  The pain itself was a "kinder" pain.  Does that sound weird? 
The muscles around the joints are not so sore now 2 hours later.  I guess I do feel a bit better, then.
Today I feel much better than yesterday.  My motivation is way better, I do not feel so fatigued.  It's the change is in the bounce-back after MTX, but it's also that I have you all to talk to, a plan of action in seeing the PM, and thinking that she will be able to improve things, and the sun is out today.  Whatever the pain level is, I can handle it better today.
I hope and pray that more of you are having a day of reprieve, like me, today.  And if not today, then soon.  I want you all to know that you have been added to my daily prayer list.  Thank you.

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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Christina, the pool most likely eased some of the tightness in your muscles, that is why everything is not quite as angry. I have a big jacuzzi that we bought at the recommendation of my first PM dr back in 1996. It helps so much with spasms and loosening up tight muscles. Careful not to start out too fast in the pool, it can backfire on you if you do too much at once. Personally, I love water therapy as it is the only one I have been able to do that did not cause more pain.

I hope you get to feeling better soon.
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   Posted 3/11/2011 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had always thought it was a warm pool. For me I know when I did pool therapy at Cleveland Clinic part of why I was so flared up cause it was too cold plus too much for me in terms of time and activity. For me small increases in time etc is better then too much and it is a shock to the body plus the fear in the mind sets in. Everyone is different though. On a side note do you take epsom salt baths? That was suggested to me but I can't stand the feeling of that. I know weird but I do like warm baths. Feel better
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