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#1 barefut

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:53 PM

I keep noticing new tender spots in various places over my body. Mostly around my ribcage and shoulders. And by tender I mean, I'll yelp at the slightest touch. Otherwise I don't even notice they're there. Weird - or what? :huh:

I had my first ever massage last week by a student at our local massage school. She went easy on me and it was great over all but could feel it when she passed over a tender place. I have them in my hips too.

My old lame general practitioner lamely did the trigger point test for fibromyalgia but said I didn't have it. That was over 2 years ago.

I won't be sad NOT to have fibro. However, I was wondering if anyone else has these tender spots who also does not have fibromyalgia?

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:39 AM

Same thing happened to me. My rheumatologist said she thought I may have Fibromyalgia and then changed her mind -- that was 3 years ago. Now she says I have got Fibro, perhaps the symptoms I had previous were only the start.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:45 AM

Hi Barefut,

Yes, I've had tender spots in the same areas for years now, and they started after the first spinal fusion in 1998. There are times it hurts just to put a shirt on! My son has had the same thing going on since he had pins put in his hips in 2005, and my doctor says that anything from surgery to injury can spark fibro, so it wouldn't be a surprise. Sorry that you have so many symptoms turning up lately--they seem to come in packs like wolves, don't they? The sensitivity can vary from week to week, so at least that's a plus, and hopefully you will have some respite from the pain too.

A big hug to you,

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#4 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:07 PM

Hi Barefut,

Some tender spots (up to 10, it seems) are normal. It takes 11 out of 18 (specific) tender points for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia -- along with a slew of other symptoms. See our page, Fibromyalgia for more diagnostic criteria.

Just having survived a massage without ending up in worse pain or in tears MIGHT mean that you don't have it. But if you have any doubts after reading all the criteria, ask your rheumatologist for a full tender point exam and fibromyalgia evaluation.

But word to the wise, it is better to have "just" scleroderma, because after a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, just about every symptom you may have can be laid at the foot of "only" fibromyalgia by the doctors. And you'll see why when you compare the symptom lists of various arthritis diseases.

For some of us, an initial diagnosis of fibromyalgia was certainly correct, but only part of the picture. And, ironically, it can sometimes seem to cause a delay in diagnosis of scleroderma or other rheumatic illnesses...because there is a ready explanation for nearly every symptom under the sun, making the tests that might reveal other ailments (like scleroderma) mostly unnecessary.

That's completely off-topic of your question, but you know how it is, sometimes I start typing and my fingers just don't know when to shut up. :huh:
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#5 Margaret

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:39 PM

<<That's completely off-topic of your question, but you know how it is, sometimes I start typing and my fingers just don't know when to shut up.
Warm Hugs,
Shelley Ensz>>

Oh. but Shelley....those fingers hold sooooooooo much useful information!!!

Take care, Everyone.
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#6 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 05:10 PM

Thank you, Margaret! But really, sometimes I'm just wind and bluster, straying off topic just for the pure fun of it. :blink:
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 06:48 AM

Hello there everyone :) It very well could be fibro. But to let you know, back when I was just getting symptoms of all of our worst enemy, one thing that led me to see 9 different specialists, were these "tender spots". I will let you know as well, that they were kind of lumps under my skin. You could feel them if you ran your fingers over it. So, if you don't have the lumps, then I doubt that it's the same thing. Anyways, Panniculitis is what it was. All I can say is that they hurt SOOOOO bad! So, maybe it is or maybe it isn't, but just thought I would let you know...Everybody take care and be well.

We finally have some sunshine here in Michigan B)

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 09:00 AM

I get tender spots in my hands and wrists. It's as though there should be a bruise there but there's no coloring. It lasts about a day or two then poof its gone. The reoccur about every couple of weeks. Strange.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:28 AM

YES!!!!!

I get a massage every other week. Sometimes weekly if I need it. My "spots" come and go and move. I do not have fibro though.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 02:46 PM

Hello to everyone again,
I do have these tender spots,sometimes it hurts to even touch my skin.I have no hardening of the skin so I knew it wasn't that.I asked my rheumatologist about it,he told me that with scleroderma there are many problems I have that all relate to the disease or cross over symptoms. :huh: The tender spots come and go though.He said some type of tissue disorder. He told me to consider massage and that it would benefit me to sit in a whirlpool. I've been afraid to get a deep massage because I am so tender. I was diagnosed withlimited sclero and rheumatiod arthritis 6 years ago followed by neuropathy & fibromyalgia. I hope that you can get some help with this, I know it hurts. I can't stand for anyone to even touch me when this happens. :(
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