Fibromyalgia and Trigger Point Therapy

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Knowing full well that I probably won't be able to afford it, I contacted a few local trigger point therapists to find out if they treat Fibromyalgia patients in thier practice. I want to know more about this technique and how successful it is for pain relief. 

There are a lot of different modalities that can "naturally" relieve pain, including acupuncture, chiropractic, message therapy, physiotherapy and trigger pain therapy. To name a few. Unfortunately, not many insurers cover these "extra" types of health care. Or if they do, they allot a mere $200-300 a year allowance (a mere 5-8 visits in a year). Which is better than nothing, sure. Yet we all know that repeat visits add up. I haven't been to my chiropractor in years because I simply can't afford the $40+ per visit – even though she is kind enough to offer me a discount, knowing my financial situation, it's just not realistic. Funds need to go toward bills, rent and food long before making me feel better. 

It's so ironic isn't it? I KNOW that if we could only afford it, I would have such a better quality of life. People wish they had money for a date night with the hubby, a weekend away, a mini-holiday or so they could splurge on toys for the cottage. They think these are the things that improve quality of life. All a chronic pain person wants is relief from that pain, even a few hours! Even if it means being unconscious. 

I'm tired of only having a few hours at a time of focus. Being able to sit at my computer and be online only a few hours at a time. Having to go lay down for the umpteenth time that day. Having to sleep, again, because I am so fatigued. Or worse, being unable to sleep because of pain (painsomnia) but being SO fatigued that you have to lay down anyway. Only to get up again because it's no fun staring at the ceiling. 

Anyway, so here I am reading about Fibromyalgia treatments (I often read about new treatments, news or advances that may involve pain relief) and got curious if there was a local trigger point therapist even. Turns out there are a few. So why not educate myself? Even if I can't afford it now, or ever. 

I'll let you know what I find out. Prices. How many treatments before seeing results. And my personal fear of letting anyone near my pain points. *I* can't touch them. I have a hard time even contemplating anyone else near those points that if pressed create a screaming revelation of pain that is likely to get you punched right the hell in the face lol! My tiny little chinese fellow rheumatolgist touched but a few of the typical 11 tender points (and survived) – I was absolutely floored how *much* it hurt me. Yeah, I am in pain all the time, but I had NO idea how much pain until that man touched me. I live in fear of knowing anyone could touch me in those few spots and I'd be screaming in agony. So how could I stand trigger point therapy?

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Trigger Point Therapy for your Fibromyalgia pain, and if it was successful or a waste of money and time?

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  1. Hi Shannon! I am a new reader here. I laughed when I read “All a chronic pain person wants is relief from that pain, even a few hours! Even if it means being unconscious.” This is SO TRUE! I have fibromyalgia and a bunch of other chronic pain related Dx. I have NOT tried Trigger Point Therapy because every time I get a massage or use my thera-cane I end up with a bigger flare than I started with. This is just how my body reacts. One of the things I’ve been working on with my naturopath over the past 10 months has been reducing my body’s overall inflammation (changed my diet, added supplements etc). This has helped a lot, but I still have the flares. I have come to realize that this is part of my life now (pain) and I need to be able to move through it and embrace the positives that I can (otherwise I get sucked down into a deep depression that ends up in migraines and couch sleeping haha). Keep us informed if you try this!

    • I met a gal through my site who has tried Trigger Point Therapy. It really helps her. Not to say she never has pain, or that she is significantly better, but it helps her. She says she has to go 3 times a week or so? Perhaps she’ll speak up on this post (and I hope she does!) to inform us more about her personal experience. As of yet, this, like so many alternative treatments available to me, is simply beyond my financial means at the moment.

      thanks for the comment! happy to provide a chuckle or two :)
      Light and Love <3

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