Having Fibromyalgia is a pain, literally. It is hard to explain unless you have it. I saw this post on Facebook today, though, and it is a great message to help explain how I (and others) feel everyday. Not letting Fibro rule my life, but just understand that the pain never goes away!
After 20 plus years of having chronic pain, I have used tons of different gadgets, medications, and tried many different exercises. I can honestly say I am on a “roll” with my most recent device. Read the rest of this entry
The rainy weather yesterday left me a painful, sleepy wreck … but today, the sun came out, literally.
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Anyone with chronic pain has probably tried just about everything to help ease the pain or eliminate it completely (good for you if you have!) … but I’m wondering what has really worked for you?
My most recent success is muscle manipulation. My doctor (pain specialist) has been doing this to my muscles this past year. It is by far the best treatment I have received for my chronic pain (which I have suffered for more than 20 years).
If you are not familiar with it, here is a description from musclemanipulation.com:
WHAT IS MUSCLE MANIPULATIVE THERAPY?
Muscle Manipulation (Muscle Manipulative Therapy) is the alignment of muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilages, blood vessels, nerves and fibrous tissues to parts of the body that have misaligned for one reason or another. After manipulation, the body can then proceed to heal the area and within a short time a full recovery will result. If the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilages, blood vessels, nerves and fibrous tissues remain misaligned pain will be sustained and in some instances calcium can form around injured areas making it difficult to manipulate. The Muscle Manipulist will be able to feel the injured area and by using either a Bio Stimulator, their own fingers or both they will be able to perform a correct alignment. This alternative therapy can produce remarkable results seconds after a manipulation and in some instances the patient is completely pain free within minutes.
Muscle Manipulative Therapy invloves a sensitive feel and the Muscle Manipulator must know what they are feeling for and when they have found it they must know where to place the muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage, blood vessel, nerve and fibrous tissues. This remarkable therapy is new and exciting giving the opportunity for those who have had injuries for years and avoiding expensive operations the chance to be fixed at a fraction of the cost of surgery. This technique is also available for those who have injured dogs or race horses.
My doctor can actually feel some of the crap going on in my body, and tries to move things back to where they belong. I’ve found it to be helpful, but don’t hear too many others talking about it. Maybe I just miss those posts? : )
So if you have tried muscle manipulation, I’d love to hear your feedback!
And please, don’t come again another day!
Anyone who suffers from chronic pain and fatigue like I do are probably feeling the burn today … and not in a good way. The burning sensation in my shoulders is not from working out, it is what some describe as a “flare up” from Fibromyalgia or other myofascial pain issues. Since it is raining today, I seem to be feeling it more than usual.
So the heating pad, yoga stretches, and gentle moves are on my agenda today. And unfortunately, the pain still won’t go away at the end of the day.
But I’ll take any relief I can get, even if it is a small dose.
What works best for you during flare ups? Do you use hot or cold packs? What has your doctor recommended? Have you tried yoga, meditation, acupuncture, or any other methods of relaxation? I would love to hear from others on how they get through the really bad days (I consider there to be bad days and really bad days … as far as pain goes, good days never seem to come my way!)