Hi Karen, I can't remember if I have welcomed you yet or not so welcome. That sounds like fibro to me. Usually, neck pain and headache is what drives me out of bed too early every morning but besides that I do usually feel less pain in other parts of my body in the mornings and the more I do during the day the worse it gets and I have the bad pain in the evenings. But there are exceptions to that rule depending on the weather etc. This time of year with the ever changing weather I hurt all the time.
If I get really upset I can feel my muscles contract and it's like they lock like that for a long time and not even xanax relaxes them, I haven't tried muscle relaxers for a long time so don't know if that would help. I try not to let things upset me that much but you can't always prevent stress.
From the base of my skull down to my tailbone is the worse area for me the shoulders, shoulder blades are the worse. When my DH rubs my back he will hit tenderpoints I didn't even know was there til he touches them and I about jump out of my skin they are so tender. I have some huge ones on my upper arms and they do hurt whether being touched or not. Some times tenderpoints are worse than other times, it depends on how you have used your muscles etc. Mine have really multiplied over the years but they don't for everyone.
I do get massages that help with the knots or tenderpoints in the muscles but they are light massages. If I have one too deep I pay dearly for it for days after. I feel I really need one but I have been sick so it's been a few weeks. You have to have a therapist that has been trained in fibro or you can end up in a world of pain.
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