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Lumps-Knots?!

Hello! I was diagnosed with Fibro about 6 months ago. I am on Cymbalta and Tramadol. I get these painful lumps or knots at my pressure points. They show up in one area at a time, stay for about 3 days, and then disappear. I never know when or where one is going to "pop" up and are very debilitating. Does anyone else have this issue, have you found anything to help with the pain, or how to control them? Thank you for any info you share with me!

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Just in my neck. My GP, rheumy, and nuro haven't been able to figure out why for sure. Have you shown your doctor? Just out of curiosity, have you ever been tested for rheumatoid arthritis?
MAGICpill
MAGICpill

Sounds like myofascial pain, There is a book about it and tells you how to massage and relieve the pain from the knots.

I would google and read about it.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thank you both! It seems I never have one when I go to the doctor! I was told that one of my blood tests came back showing Unspecified Inflammation and I was told I most likely had Fibro because they couldn't find anything else.
I will have to look up Myofascial pain. I am not familiar with it. Thank you very much!
mynameisD
mynameisD

I get these, most often at the base of my skull, but from time to time on pressure points.

I have found that Benedryl helps bring the swelling down.
redsilverfox
redsilverfox

Fibromyalgia is known for it's tight/taut muscles they get into a ropey knot spasm and that is why it hurts xxooo's
redsilverfox
redsilverfox

Hot or cold packs or or hot shower or Epsom salts bath and try to stretch and move that part of the body's muscles out. Get a good rub an "Arnica"- based rub or "Voltaren Emugel" antinflammation rub. The more stressed or overworked the areas and the tension tightens up the muscles,ligaments and tendons in the area. Then it hurts also good body posture esp. sitting, typing or on the phone. Ask for an Occupational Therapist referral they will be able to suggest assistive devices for doing every day activities like long handled scrubbers, for your tub cleaning and for washing yourself long handled bath brush, etc. Also if you know of a warm swimming pool in a recreation center near you to do gentle aerobic stretching exercises help too! xxxooo's
susanbanthony
susanbanthony

Great to see our Red Canadian Fox back!

Lumpy bumpy my kids call me...read up on both Fibro and Myofascial, become your own best advcate, your local Library should become your new haunting ground.

Good luck and welcome to the good ship DS.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Wow thanks for the tip. I get these too and have just thought they were something I had to deal with. Thanks for bringing it up maybe it'll help me get some relief when they decide to pop up.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks everyone! I appreciate your feedback! It is very helpful! Hugs to all!
deleted_user
deleted_user

The best thing I can tell you to do for those lumps and knots is to apply heat and pressure to them.
A tennis ball works well and won't leave a bruise most times.
Press in on the knot for the count of ten, let go for the count of ten and keep going till the knot is gone.

These are called Myofascial (?) pressure points.

AuntieM 1
deleted_user
deleted_user

Yes, I do get those bumps and lumps over my tender points and they are very painful. Sometimes when I get them on my knees or the front of my shoulders, it hurts even to put clothing on. Have to wear something big and comfortable that won't be tight on these lumps or bumps.

They are very painful, especially during a fibro flare. They thought I had RA,but tests were negative. Told me it was from my fibro.

Hope you get some relief.

Hugs,
MaryKathryn
redsilverfox
redsilverfox

Ya I got the myofascial thing too pains everywhere it drives ya nuts!
Fantod
Fantod

Trigger points. They can be injected to relax them. Or, you could try taking Malic Acid twice a day to see if that helps. It comes in tablet form and is available at any decent health food store. Take care.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Here is a good article explaining the lumps and bumps. I have them; some are painful some aren't.

http://chronicfatigue.about.com/b/2009/03/09/lumps-bumps-fibromyalgia-lipomas.htm