Deep Heat - not the best idea I ever had :-(

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I am new to all of this, sat at the traffic lights as you do, they changed to green, car in front didn't move, neither did we, the car behind did, right into the back of us. That was mid Jan this year, started physio for whiplash (bad back, neck, shoulders and a few other bits) but it got worse not better. Went back to my doc trying to get referral to chiropractor but he said no, poked me here there and a few other places, made me go ouch and gave me sweaty hands and said, Fibro! Nice to get such a quick diagnosis so no complaint there.

Read up what I could, joined a couple of forums to find out more from real people with real answers (no complaints there either). I have a muscle rub, cheap nasty one that doesn't smell as bad as the real deep heat and doesn't get you warm like it either. So, I swap to the real thing, no problems, no warmth in arms or legs, not over the knees but a nice warmth in a sore part of my back just under my ribs. Roll on yesterday, omg, passed the deep heat to Chris (other half bless him), same spot as last night please, its really giving me grief today (tramadol just not touching the pain). Within 2 minutes I was crying with the pain, then came the screaming as I felt my skin was blistering, poor chris didn't know what to do and I couldn't do anything, big relief when he grabbed a dishcloth from the kitchen and wiped it all off. My question is, has anything like this happened to anyone else? Is there a reason for it making me react like that? Never happened before. Have any of you found a muscle rub that does help? Or if not a muscle rub, something similar?



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    Hi Dee. I was writing a message to you and my cat jumped on my lap and it vanished!

    My suggestions:

    Epsom Salts baths; 

    Himalaya's Pain Massage Oil (ayurvedic);

    Ibuprofen anti-inflammatory patches.

    Have a good night sleep. X

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    I have PMR so I don't know if this will work for showers heated up grain bags ice pacs and linaments that numb the area (especially after a hot shower ) are cryoderm ( spray) and DEEP COLD gel....

    I wish for you RELIEF

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    Part of my fibro problems is that my skin is super sensitive and often sore to the touch but without any rash or obvious irritation.  Was really surprised the first time I experienced it when a friend thought theyd be helpful by rubbing my neck and shoulders for me and the skin hurt like hell.  Ditch the muscle rub stuff and use something like voltarol or ibuprofen gel on painful joints.  Unfortunately massage is now out of the question for me, it's just to painful.
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    I have photosensitive skin and the only muscle rub I can use is Biofreeze which is something my chiropractor uses on me after he has sorted out my neck and shoulders.  It works for me and does not smell nasty, leave stains on clothing or have an adverse affect on my skin. May be worth a try for you but if you do try it test a small patch first. Whether my skin problem (have to wear factor 50 sunscreen all the time) is related to fibro who knows.  The other things that  help me - microwaveable heat pad, lavender filled heat pad.Epsom salts in the bath.  Diet and exercise also play their part for me. Fibro is individual to each one of us and different things will help different people as we don't all have the same symptoms.  Good luck and try and keep a positive mental attitude as it undoubtedly helps.
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    Hi Dee, 

    How're you doing today?

    I just came from the GP and I'm on a combination of Profenid/Ketoprofen + Thiocolchicoside shots. Besides FibroM. I had a car accident 30 years ago and every so often I get inflammation on my upper shoulder. I also have bowel problems and can't take any aspirins or anything like that. However when I have the need (once or twice a year) I manage to take these shots, scheduled every other day (6 shots/2 WEEKS) and it really helps. The fact that they're injectable and therefore bypass the digestive system makes the diference. I take some acidophilus while I'm on them. 

    I would like to share this with you in case you wish to try it too.

    On the other hand I have an excellent experience with an osteopath. Sometimes inflammation is caused by something that is out of place and needs to be put back in place.

    A gentle hug. Teresa.

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    Hi Everyone, thank you so much for all your replies and advice. I am sensitive to anything with asprin in it (intestenal bleeding ergh). I have never had sensitive skin before (except sunburn from the old teenage days) this totally took me by surprise and I don't ever want to repeat the experience so big hugs to those who go through that every day.

    I will be looking for some new bean bags to nuke, they seem to give me some good relief and 3 of the little devils are just not enough. I may have to resort to putting the electric blanket on the bed but its a single control double and not sure Chris will appreciate it (ha ha ha).

    I have voltarol (ibuprofen) gel but its never worked for me :-( 

    I am having physio but I just couldn't bring myself to get out of the car last week, I was in so much pain I sat there and took some more Tramadol and told Chris to grab my apt as well as his own.

    My doc diagnosed me nice and early (can't thank him enough for that), we tried Tramadol with amitriptyline (which I thought was ok), but he said sleeping for 18hrs was probably not the best thing for me (I honestly enjoyed it, I hadn't slept for days so needed it). Now on Gabapentin with Tramadol but too much pain, seeing doc next week and I think it will be changed again. 

    I was under the impression that Fibro has nothing to do with inflamation, am I wrong? I believe it is due to sensitive nerve endings telling us we have pain (when there is no reason for there to be pain) and that when there should be pain ours is more intense and lasts much longer than non Fibro sufferers.

    Big hugs to you all and thank you for giving me lots to think about.

    Dee xxx

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    I don't want to suggest too much to you-with your having skin irritants.Have you tried a simple Epson Salt Bath and they also have the E/Salt Lotion.

    Try those two things and let us all know if it gives you some temporary relief.

    it does help me.


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      Hi Elaine, 

      I have just tried a little exercise, even that was too much, going to have some tramadol and a sandwich, a short rest then a nice bath before tonights physio session. I will put Epson Salts onto the shopping list for the weekend. 

      Many thanks,


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