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RockerGirl
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   Posted 4/16/2018 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to thank those of you who recommended therapeutic massage. I wasn't sure how to find someone in my area and Sherrine gave me a link to check things out. I asked my neighbor if she knew anyone (her husband owns a wellness center right up the block from me). I got a name, checked her on the website Sherrine gave me (she wasn't on it, but one thing led to another), and I actually found an old friend of mine who I completely forgot was a massage therapist on the site. Turns out not only does she specialize in Fibromyalgia but she also has it and works right in the same town as me.

I've gotten 2 massages so far. They are very different from the typical spa massage I've had in the past. She focuses a lot on what I think are my trigger points although they seem to be in the same area as the tender points, but just more of them than 18. I had no idea how many spots were causing me trouble. I wish the result of the massage lasted longer than it does. I am so sensitive though, even though my legs didn't hurt when she was working on them I have black and blues. This is typical for me. I could blow on my legs and get a black and blue. My tender points on my glutes are another story altogether. She didn't work on them the first time, but she did on Saturday. I saw stars!!!
-2005 dx UC proctitis, 2006 UC pancolitis, some pathology reports have suggested Crohn's Colitis
-2018 dx Fibromyalgia
-Current Meds (UC): Colazal, Canasa, Bentyl & Omeprazole
-Current Meds (Fibro): Cymbalta
-Past Meds (UC): Lialda, Asacol, Prednisone, 6-MP, Cortifoam, Levaquin, Cipro, methylprednisolone, Uceris, Lexapro
-Supplements: Probiotics, Cal+D3+K2, Magnesium Malate, Tumeric, COQ10

Sherrine
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   Posted 4/16/2018 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope they are helping you. It does take time. Be sure to drink A LOT of water all day long after a massage. It washes the toxins out of the body. It really does help plus you get more exercise running to the bathroom. 😂

Sherrine

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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Ljm2014
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   Posted 4/16/2018 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol sherrine..😊

I have wanted to try this again, but i am dang sensitive..and someone who had a great write up was just in an area that is difficult.parking wise..

I also do not process the toxins well.my very gentle physical therapy , can make me need to rest the remainder of the day

almost medfree
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   Posted 4/17/2018 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad you found someone to give you theraputic massages, Rocker, and that it's helping you.

Spa-type massages did not do much for me in the past, they only felt good. It's also interesting that the one deep tissue massage that I had years ago caused me to hurt for days afterward.

Sherrine, could you repeat that link that you recommended on how to find a good theraputic massage therapist. I would like to look up one for my daughter.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 4/18/2018 3:32:26 AM (GMT-6)


RockerGirl
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   Posted 4/17/2018 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually don't feel great right after the massage for the remainder of that day (this even happens with spa massages). My body is super sensitive to anything and everything and I am also hyperaware of my body. I probably am very in touch with the effect of the toxins leaving my body. However, the next few days after I typically feel much better.
-2005 dx UC proctitis, 2006 UC pancolitis, some pathology reports have suggested Crohn's Colitis
-2018 dx Fibromyalgia
-Current Meds (UC): Colazal, Canasa, Bentyl & Omeprazole
-Current Meds (Fibro): Cymbalta
-Past Meds (UC): Lialda, Asacol, Prednisone, 6-MP, Cortifoam, Levaquin, Cipro, methylprednisolone, Uceris, Lexapro
-Supplements: Probiotics, Cal+D3+K2, Magnesium Malate, Tumeric, COQ10

Sherrine
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   Posted 4/17/2018 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
The water should help you feel better after a massage. My MT gives me a bottle of cold water to start drinking on my way home. I am extremely sensitive also...many of us are. A playful swat will feel like someone punched me as hard as they could!

By the way, the link I gave was for ongoing members of the American Massage Therapist Association. In order to be a member, you have to continue your education in Massage Therapy. My MT was always taking courses to be a member in good standing. If she didn’t, she would be taken off the list. This way, you know you are getting a highly educated person in Massage. If someone doesn’t know what they are doing, they can hurt you. My MT says there is no need for deep massages. They are more expensive and can definitely cause us more discomfort. She has always used on me a gentle form of massage that is used for fibro and myofacial pain syndrome. She is superb!

Sherrine

Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

RockerGirl
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   Posted 4/18/2018 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I drink a ton of water daily anyway so I'm not sure I would notice unless I didn't drink a lot of water afterward. My therapist also gives me a bottle of water on my way out (and a piece of dark chocolate which I like even better lol).

Good to know that the therapists' names only stay on that list on the website if they are doing ongoing education. I'm so glad that mine has Fibro herself in addition to being trained in it. I think it really helps her know how to help me. It is not always easy to find someone who knows what they are doing.

Thanks for all the helpful hints Sherrine!
-2005 dx UC proctitis, 2006 UC pancolitis, some pathology reports have suggested Crohn's Colitis
-2018 dx Fibromyalgia
-Current Meds (UC): Colazal, Canasa, Bentyl & Omeprazole
-Current Meds (Fibro): Cymbalta
-Past Meds (UC): Lialda, Asacol, Prednisone, 6-MP, Cortifoam, Levaquin, Cipro, methylprednisolone, Uceris, Lexapro
-Supplements: Probiotics, Cal+D3+K2, Magnesium Malate, Tumeric, COQ10

Lunonox
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Date Joined May 2018
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   Posted 5/14/2018 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i get massage therapy but its hard to get treatment i mean a massage in the area where i usually get it which is the lower rib area i get massage therapy twice a week with ultra sound but it doesnt really help that much well it helps a lot but not as much as it should
but you like @rockergirl said " drinking water" is essential to do after massage therapy
the worst thing is to have a flare- up or have someone give you a anxiety attack right after you get a massage its so so frustrating i got a traffic ticket driving all the way to the masage therapy place .. i am going to take the bike from now on

James9393
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Date Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 5/17/2018 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had tons of massage - sort of OK while getting it. By the time I am home I feel no better and some times worse from my face squished in the cradle

Ljm2014
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   Posted 5/19/2018 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I read from a dr, who has fibro..that massage therapists with myofascial training is what you need..

My family loves deep tissue, but thats torture for me..

I went to a woman who had just been trained for fibromyalgia and she was good, but moved shortly after i found her

So i think its finding the right masseuse

Lj

Lendi
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Date Joined Mar 2018
Total Posts : 249
   Posted 5/24/2018 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting that most of you have said how much it hurt. Actually, I feel better but not..you know. I've only had one and it's was at a spa. I asked her to be gentle that I had fibro. If what she did was gentle I don't know what not gentle would feel like. I was in pain for days.

I received a gift card to the spa when I left my job but I gave the rest of it to my daughter as just thinking about the place made me anxious. After many years of not working I went back to work for a few hrs a day. The principal or someone paid a masseuse to come in and give everyone a mini massage. People all kept telling me I needed to get scheduled then thought I was nuts when I said I wasn't going to have it done.

But, I have a friend who also has fibro and she goes religiously. She feels it helps her a lot.
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