Massages, Fibro, and PAIN!

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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
So, on Friday, I got a full body massage for the first time in over 5 years.  The woman who massaged me is very familiar with fibro, and did a very good job.  As directed, I drank a lot of water (I usually drink a lot of water, anyway), and yesterday, I didn't feel too sore.  My neck was hurting a little, but my neck has been bothering me for awhile.  As you all know, I never sleep well, so if I can, I try to catch a short nap whenever I can-much to my mother's chagrin. mad    So, yesterday, I just needed that nap so badly.  After hearing my mom yell at me, I finally just gave in and took a nap.  I slept for about 2 hours, woke up long enough to take a shower, and tried to go back to sleep (it was about 8PM) because I was still just exhausted (I had been up since 5AM).  I had my usual restless sleep (probably about 3 hours total) for the rest of the night. sad
Anyway, this AM, I woke up in horrible pain.  My body feels like one giant tense muscle that's been beaten and bruised. cry
So, my question is, has anyone felt this painful 2 days after a massage (when you felt OK the first day after)?  I know that I am going through a lot of stress, but it really isn't anymore than I had yesterday.  Or, maybe today is just one of those day that I'm gonna feel like ****.
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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
It is very common for me to have a "delayed" reaction to massage.  In fact, I think it's rather common with fibro to have the "day after the day after" response to other "stresses" as well.  I have learned that I do better with 30 min. neuromuscular massage instead of the hour.  And my therapist knows she can't go too deep.  Since you hadn't had a massage in five years - I'm not surprised you had an adverse reaction - all those toxins loosened up and on the move - this is why you're suppsoed to drink a lot of water afterward - to flush the system - but sometimes even that isn't enough.
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
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   Posted 11/9/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, this is a site I used to find my massage therapist.  These people are licensed and have to take yearly classes to update themselves. 
In the top bar, click on "Find a Therapist" and, after  you put in your location, you will see a list of therapists in your area and it usually lists the types of massages they do.  My therapist has so many specialities that she didn't have fibro listed but she has certificates all over the walls of her office. 
I never had pain after the initial day of the massage.  She knows she can't do a deep massage with me.  Even the light massages can make me squirm.  I drink lots of water that day and usually am a little sore in the evening and at night but the next day I feel much better.  This is my experience with a good massage therapist.
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   Posted 11/9/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kelly,

You also mentioned that you didn't get any sleep that night, well, three hours. That probably combined with the after effects of the massage probably made the pain much worse.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kelly-

My last appointment with my Physical Therapist she did the gentle stretching massage for a half an hour and more areas of my body than she usually does. (I was getting to a point where I would only have pain for a day afterwards). Mine was delayed for 2 days also and then came the bad pain. So you are not alone with the delayed pain. I know how you feel and it is not good. It will get better and go away but it may take a few more days.  sad


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