A good massage is hard to find

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   Posted 8/15/2007 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
an affordable one is even harder.   
I have found that a good massage at least once a month really helps my body.  I feel better...I sleep better....and I have less joint pain after a massage.
I have many different kinds done to me ...mostly it depends on how I feel at the time.  if my gut is tender I try to stay away from abdominal pressure including the kind that comes from having my back worked on.  the best for me has been reflexology.  they hit the trigger points in the hands and on the feet as well as stretch my legs and arms.  I usually have some upper body done at the same time.
if things are real bad and real tender then I just have some light work on the hands and feet and then some cranial and temple rubbing.
the real problem is that I feel guilty spending the money to have it done as often as I would like.  Most massages cost anywhere between $65 and $75 an hour...and in hotels...forget it...$100 to $120 an hour.  It is not that I can't afford it, but there are other things to spend money on and I feel guilty spending that much on myself.
Now i am not sure if I am allowed to mention companies on this site....if not then I understand if the folks have to remove the name...if they do and you want to know it...write to me.  
and this is not an endorsement....just an alternative.  In our area a new company has opened that is a massage club....the normal costs for the massages for non-members is $65....but for members it is $49 for the first one each month and $39 for any more that month.  it is a neat concept....the only catch is that you have to sign up for 1 year at $49 a month and that covers your first massage each month.  if you don't get a massage that month...then it carries over and the next month you can have two and still only pay the flat monthly rate.  Again...this is not an endosrement...just information on how to get an inexpensive massage.
The chain MASSAGE ENVY has locations all over the USA.  Something like 600 franchises.   I am sure there are some great ones and some not so great...but if you think massages help...here is a place that may help and not cost so much doing it.
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...will start Humira Aug 28th 2006
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
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   Posted 8/15/2007 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been getting accupuncture for about the same amount each month, but thinking that I would enjoy a massage soooo much more for the same amount. I've been thinking about giving massage a try for a few months to see if it relieves the joint pain as well. Then I can consider it medicinal and not feel guilty at all!

I've never heard of the chain, but I'll look into it.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 8/15/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Even being blessed with the ability to afford certain things...it just is hard to spend it on myself....I have a great wife and two wonderful full grown sons and I usually feel like I should get them something...of course yesterday i may have found my compromise...I took our youngest (22yrs) with me and bought him a massage as well.


Zanne.....That is too funny.  I have been thinking that I would add acupuncture to my schedule and see if it helps.  We have a center here that claims they can treat for UC and Crohns....might be worth a try.  

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...will start Humira Aug 28th 2006
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
50 yrs old

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   Posted 8/15/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I am REALLY lucky. My DH massages some part of my body just about everynight. Sometimes its my hands or sometimes my feet and legs, or if my back hurts he will massage that. He truly is the best. And truly understands how much I hurt all the time. He suffers from migraines occasionally, so I reciprocate and rub his head when he's hurting.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/15/2007 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners- I hear ya. My hubby gives such great massages (hot stone ones too) that I just can't bring myself to pay for one. Although Im sure it would be fun for a girls day etc. I feel guilty requesting massages so often though. I got the hot stone kit for Christmas. They sell them at chain stores and are made by conair.
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
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   Posted 8/15/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I was actually in a CD study to see if massage therapy helped. I had to fill out a questionare prior to the start of the studay. I dont know how many people were in the study but I cannot imagine many since I am sure the person conducting it had to pay for our massages. I was luckily in the group to get 5 free massages where as the other group got none. My old GI suggested me for the study. After the massage part of the study was over for a few months the perosn conducting the study called me up and asked me the same questions from the questionare that I filled out prior to the start. She said my answers to the questions did prove in my case that they did have a positive effect on my CD. Some heath insurances will pay part of massages if a Dr orders them, just make sure they are covered first and which places are covered.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
First of all...I want nanners and Fitzys husbands!!!! Mine does rub my neck and shoulders once in while but he tends to hurt more than help---too strong of hands :-)

Another idea to ease the guilt of spending the $$...I ask for gift certificates for b-days and holidays. My husband likes that idea becuase he never knows what to buy, it is easy shopping, he chats with the ladies where I get my meesages when he goes in to get the gift certificate and he stop up the road for a beer with friends after buying the gift certificate. definitely a win-win situation.

I am making my appointment to use the latest gift ceritifcate tonight. I just let them do my arms neck and shoulders due to nasty lower back issues. But I swear it is medically beneficial to me too.
oh forgot to mention...I buy the "executive message" which is only a half hour and is much cheaper.  Still does the trick

Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, stable with Pentasa, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, only on B12 and vitamin supplements now
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I am very lucky in this aspect. I get monthly massages that help my Fibro and Lupus (and Crohn's).  My aunt is a massage therapist and she does my massages for the family rate of $30/hour.  I have had wonderful sucess with the kind of massage called "myofacial release massage"  it has done wonders for the severe muscle spasms I get with Lupus. 
I don't ever get my abdomen massaged at all, my aunt said that it is a "no-no" for anyone with IBD. 
My hubby also bought me one of those "****su massage chair pads" for xmas and I LOVE it. It is wonderful to put on a chair and sit for hours.
I have had accupuncture treatments that were very sucessful.  Unfortunately since my insurance got changed and the dr. moved her office I stopped going, but it did relieve the exhaustion, joint pain and muscle pain that I have with both Lupus and Crohn's.
Diagnosed with Lupus - April 2002
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - January 2003 (problems since early 1990)
Fibromyalgia 2005 
Meds:  Flexeril 10mg as needed, Plaquenil 200mg, Probiotics, Multi-vitamin, fish oil, Cal/Mag Supplement
Off Immuran as of April 1st and doing well!!

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