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For a long time I have suffered with quite debilitating pain in my neck and shoulders, before the ME even struck me down, although I do believe it was waiting in the wings long before it made its presence known. I though this was it for the rest of my life.
In the end I consulted a chiropractor without expecting much but after seeing him regularly for a year now I can say that the pain and discomfort is quite lessened and when it does strike it eases off much better than it used to.
Chiropractic is not cheap and it annoys me that the only way to get anywhere is to pay for it :evil: but I will do what I can to make things better.
I don't smoke or drink, go out or buy new clothes so I choose to spend my money on any technique that helps and for me that is chiropractic with a practiotioner who understands and takes ME seriously.
Does anyone else have any particular choping techniques that work? (I expect there are posts on them somewhere but I have not found them yet. :roll:
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Do you think it might be Fibro whatsit? Tell me more about it please?
Didn't know much about it myself but got this info off the web, hope it helps:
[color=darkblue:7d1cef7a06]In fibromyalgia the tendons and ligaments, or fibrous tissues (fibro-), and the muscles (-my-) are affected by pain (-algia) and tenderness. It may feel as though the pain affects the whole body.
There are usually tender points in certain areas of the body. These tender points help the doctor to make the diagnosis. If enough pressure is applied to these points most people will find it uncomfortable, but in fibromyalgia many of these points can be extremely tender even when they are pressed quite gently. Tenderness at individual sites sometimes occurs and this can give rise to localized conditions such as tennis elbow. In fibromyalgia, however, there is tenderness at a number of points.
Unlike CFS the only symptoms required for diagnosis are those relating to pain however, there is much more to the illness and significant overlap with CFS. Symptoms vary greatly in severity with factors such as stress, physical activity and time of day playing a part amongst others.
Pain IS the main symptom however, specifically, pain and tenderness in certain areas of the body when pressure is applied to them. These are what are termed 'tender points'.
Areas where pain my be present include:
* Back of the head
* Upper Back
* Upper Chest
The pain is often worse in the morning, improves throughout the day, and worsens at night. It can be experienced as aching, throbbing, burning or migratory (moving around the body). It is common for patients to also experience muscle tightness, soreness and spasms. [/color:7d1cef7a06]
I would put my money on your pain being fibromyalgia Alicia, which as you can see from the above info.is very closely linked to ME.
Quote from my ME book:
"Muscle tenderness is common, and fingertip feeling of the thigh or upper back muscles often finds points of great tenderness. They are called trigger points, and are also typical of the related condition - fibromylagia."
My upper back and neck pain was diagnosed by the ME specialist I saw privately as fibromyalgia - and this is what I take the antidepressant, Dosulepin for . Some antidepressants are used these days as painkillers rather than what they are originally intended for. It has certainly made my pain bearable (just) during the day but the evenings are not good - by then I also have pains in my upper arms and tingling in my fingers.
I have previously tried every other analgesics and nothing touches it. A gentle back massage really helps.
Might go and have a chat with GP when he gets back from his holiday. Pleanty of others in the practice but I know he is sympathetic to ME and me
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