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BrianJ (bne)
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   Posted 8/13/2017 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I was diagnosed in about 2004 (at the age of 44) with Fibro by a Neurologist and my GP. I had 14 symptoms attributed to Fibro. I was on several different pain meds over the years, the worst being Tramadol patches. By the worst I mean the death-like withdrawal I experienced when my GP went on vacation without letting me know and I ran out of the meds. I went through 2 weeks of absolute hell, so severe that twice I nearly went to Emerg 'cause I thought I was dying...literally.

After that, I stopped taking chemical painkillers and moved to something organic. During this transition I had a bad fall on my bicycle and tore a rotator cuff. While at Physio, my therapist starting putting pressure on several different areas of my body asking how it felt and did it have any effect on my shoulder.

As this continued, I came to realise just how intertwined all our muscles are. He reminded me that ALL our muscles are connected and can influence one another. As he continued with this I realised that this 'alternating-pressure-point' therapy was keying in on most if not all of my Fibro pain points.

Now, please understand that I am NOT suggesting that Fibro is always a misdiagnosis - NOT AT ALL. I have read all the literature and know it is very real and affects far more people than most realise.

All I am saying is, that for me, it turned out to be a matter of old injuries not having healed properly while I continued to treat my body as I always had - like a tool for getting things done, whether mountain biking, hiking, camping, crawling around under cars etc.

I have not needed any painkillers now for over a year although Physio continues. Sure, I have times when I'm sore after some activity or other but nothing compared to the constant aching I once endured.

I guess I'm posting this solely to make folks aware that it is POSSIBLE their condition may be related to something else, although I also known that Fibro is thought to be related to prior trauma and the over reaction of certain nerves.

Anyhow, now I'm just covering my a** so that's all I have to say.


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   Posted 8/14/2017 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Brian for posting this and welcome! Doctors are starting to give up the tender point test because of inaccuracies. Some doctors press harder than others.

We get knots in our muscles and the fascia can overlap and cause more pain. Those knots are called Trigger points and you can massage them out. My massage therapist taught me about this.

The Trigger points for our pain can be in a different area. For example, I awoke with such bad side pain that I could barely breathe. I got out my Trigger Point Therapy Workbook that I bought on Amazon and it showed me where to look for the Trigger points causing my side pain. They were actually along my spine. I used a tennis ball against the wall, pressed against the Trigger Point, "massaged" the area and I did this several times and the pain lessened to the point of being able to fall back to sleep. The next morning my side didn't hurt at all!

I used this same technique to fix my frozen shoulder. I couldn't put my arm higher than my shoulder, couldn't put it behind my back, and if I reached for something I would get intense shooting pain down my arm. The Trigger points were found along my chest wall, the top of my shoulder, the back of my shoulder, and along my neck on the same side as my arm. I did the therapy several times a day for several weeks and now I have full use of my arm and no pain.

It's good to know these things so we can help ourselves feel better. I don't take a lot of medication now...mainly over the counter pain killers and several supplements that help with deficiencies that can cause pain and one prescription medication which is a muscle relaxer.

Again, thank you for your input. I'm glad you found the help you needed.


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   Posted 8/14/2017 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
This post and the comment is very inspiring! I am now looking into buying "The Trigger Point Therapy" book as this makes sense. I cannot take narcotic pain killers (I will just vomit them up) so I only take Ibuprofren and Baclofen. I use a lot of moist heat for body pain too but it always brings about hot flashes. Yuck!

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   Posted 8/14/2017 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kelly,

That trigger point book can really help.doesn't solve all the issues but it surely can be a lifesaver..

It will say use a tennis ball..but a tennis ball can hurt me..ha , so i use one that are not quite as hard..still works

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