Knots on the muscle, like rubber balls under the skin

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-Rita-
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   Posted 6/24/2010 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone get these?  I have over a dozen in my back, they feel like rubber balls under the skin.  My husband can move them (a little) when he rubs my back.  I was told a long time ago that they are called trigger points, places in the muscle where the muscle has bunched up a bit, like a little muscle contraction.  They are painful, sometimes they get what I think of as "extra tight" and I feel them pulling on my neck and shoulders.  They can cause headaches then, too.
 
Heat seems to help some but they never go away.  I went to a massage therapist for them once and she worked on them for an hour.  I went straight home after that and was in bed for three days.  I am not sure what she released but it wasn't anything good.  I was weak and exhausted and just felt bad.
 
Anyone have any tips on what to do about these things?  I have tried the TENS machine, I take a detox bath every day, I just don't know what to do anymore.  The last physical therapist I worked with put ice on them but that didn't do much either.
 
Thanks!
DX in 1994 - SLE, myositis, firomyalgia, sjorgens, raynaud's, elevated ANA, lymphadenopathy.
Postive IgG and IgM 2009.  Daughter and son also have Lyme. 
 
 


samoahmad
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   Posted 6/24/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
It is due to stess and anxiety, as well as lyme..I used to get 2-3 knots in my back as well...massages will make you feel better right after, but for the next 2 dayx you will feel worse, its quite normal, because your body becomes more sensitive after a strong massage...What you need to do is a soft relaxing massage, once your mind is at ease they will disappear...saunas helped for me as well....good luck

-Rita-
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   Posted 6/25/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, that's unfortunate.  I doubt that relaxing is going to happen anytime soon!  Two kids with Lyme, I have Lyme, my step-daughter was bitten by a tick last week.  All that joy on top of every day life stuff like work, kids, aging parents, and so on...
 
I guess I just have to live with them.
 
Thanks!
DX in 1994 - SLE, myositis, firomyalgia, sjorgens, raynaud's, elevated ANA, lymphadenopathy.
Postive IgG and IgM 2009.  Daughter and son also have Lyme. 
 
 


spaztick
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   Posted 6/25/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Marika, hi. The first thing that came into my mind was scar tissue; the second thing, muscle spasms. It was your description "like rubber balls under the skin" that immediately made me think of the few bunches of scar tissue I developed after a significant car crash that resulted in moderate-severe whiplash and a what was called a "twisting spinal injury."

The scar tissues bunches I have near the bottom of my spine (lumbar) can sometimes become painful to the touch. They feel worse when I was been inactive due to a bad flare from Lyme disease. Most recently I have found much relief from the treatment of my exceptional chiropractor. Also, my back responds well to general stretching exercises.

I'm not sure about what may be causing your painful muscles, but I think it would not be unreasonable to assume that you're holding a lot of muscle tension, considering the amount of "balls in the air" you're dealing with, you poor soul. I have a hard enough time trying to keep up with our small one bedroom apartment for just myself and my husband, and I'm just dealing with my own disease.

I hope that you have a relaxing, peaceful, and pain-free weekend.

- Cara
*Oral Abx Combo Tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '05; Essential Tremor ’02; Fibromyalgia ’00; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis

Post Edited (spaztick) : 6/25/2010 9:43:08 PM (GMT-6)


-Rita-
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/26/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Cara! I really appreciate that. It's hard not to get overwhelmed sometimes. It is nice to have support on here from people who really do understand.

I hope you do too!
DX in 1994 - SLE, myositis, firomyalgia, sjorgens, raynaud's, elevated ANA, lymphadenopathy.
Postive IgG and IgM 2009.  Daughter and son also have Lyme. 
 
 

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