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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope someone can tell me what they think is going on in my shoulder.  In October I will have been putting up with this for a year.  I have been to a chiropractor for this pain, but what he did has not helped.  It seems that the scalene muscles in my neck and the muscels in my right shoulder go into a spasm.  The pain radiates up into my neck.  I have to just ride out the spasm.   I know I have fibro, but am not on meds other than ibuprofen.  Thanks for any suggestions! :-) Marsha
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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 I was diagnosed with fibro over 8 yrs ago and until the last 6 to 8 mths I began having pain in my right shoulder. It also effects the right side of the back of my head down to my shoulder. I also went to the chiropractor and they said I had a pulled muscle. The best thing to do is apply heat to it and take meds.

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   Posted 8/13/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I started out with an injury to my right shoulder that has gradually pulled my neck muscles in the mix. It can be a pain that you never think you will get rid of. My experience with this pain was with massage, mainly. I had a chiropracter, which helped, but I did regular massages. Paim meds didn't help, although muscles relaxants can help. Also, one of those hand held vibrating machines that you can rub over the muscle group helps, if you don't push too hard. Too much pressure can bruise the tissues. Heat alternating with ice can help.My experience helped me to keep trying to find relief and to not just put up with it, which can be really, really draining to your entire system. Good luck and be persistant!

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   Posted 8/14/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing that helps me with shoulder and neck pain is a home ultrasound device. I had ultrasound done on my neck when I had PT before, and decided to try it myself. You have to be careful and follow the directions, but it really is simple to use. I got mine through

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   Posted 8/14/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi fluffy, I have neck and shoulder pain alot but it isnt spasms. I used to get leg spasms alot at night but since I have been taking 400 mg. of magnesium every day the spasms have decreased alot and when I do have one they are at least tolerable. Might want to try taking magnesium to see if it help your neck and shoulder spasms.
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Try to find a good massge therapist.  I have this problem because of a curved spine and fibro.  I can't believe the knots she gets out of my back, neck, and scalp!  She works on smoothing out the fascia and that really helps with pain. 
Here is a good link to find a massage therapist near you.  These therapists have to take courses every year to be a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.  My gal really knows what she is doing.  A deep massage would "kill" me but her massages really help me a lot.
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Fluffy, I've always had this type of pain. Everyone has given you great answers. All of this helps. What I do in addition to all of these remedies is I take malic acid/magnesium tablets everyday. This has really helped me. Have you read Fibro 101? This supplement is explained there.
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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your suggestions.  I am taking magnesium, but I don't think I am taking enough.  I think I will increase that and get a hand held massager.  I can't afford massage therapist or chiropractor right now....trying to pay off two total knee replacements!  Again thanks to all!!!!

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