Muscle Strains

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Re: Muscle Strains

Postby kitten » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:09 pm

Hi Lisa
I have a muscle at the bottom of the left hand side of my stomach and if I overstretch or cough a lot it will go into a spasm and boy does it, hurt it :yikes: will take a couple of minutes before it relax it self :yikes: it seems to stay ok for a while then will have a run of doing it , did mention this once to a nurse . when I had to have a pre med before I had the T V T op done she had no idea what was causing it :roll: and that was roughly 4 years ago and as I mentioned it still plague's me

Hope you get a result soon Lisa
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Re: Muscle Strains

Postby Zia2014 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:46 pm

Usually my neck/upper shoulders, and sometimes it gets so bad that my neck seems to 'lock' into place and moving it feels like I'm opening a rusty gate :crazy: Tbh it comes and goes so often that I just try to keep moving it, even if I'm watching tv, and use TENS on it every day.
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Re: Muscle Strains

Postby SchroedingersCat » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:22 am

How do you tell the difference between a genuine muscle strain and the usual fibro ouches? I really struggle, and since I've just started running again, this could be imprtant! :roll:
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Re: Muscle Strains

Postby UnderSiege » Thu May 28, 2015 9:42 am


The question I'm always asking myself is: Is it a muscle strain or is it fibro?

Here's an example: Back when I was still married (only just) 9 years ago and about the time what I now know to be fibro started I developed this muscle strain right under my right shoulder blade. My marriage was on the way out and very stressful and this pain, over the course of 8 weeks got worse and worse and more constant (to the point of tears and much reduced sleep) that I thought "what if it's cancer" (I, rather stupidly, was a smoker back then btw)
So, the GP sent me to the hospital for x-rays and... nothing. By the time the marriage was being declared dead 3 months later it had mostly righted itself.
The same kind of thing happened last year (though by now the condition of my chronic illness(es) was much worse) this time on the left side under the shoulder blade and covering a wider area. This one has been going on about a year now and (I imagine) it feels like someone getting a large fork, stabbing it into all those juicy muscles and giving it a good hard twist. I only have to mis-step slightly and POW! massive cramp up (I also get the crampy locking up thing lower down too) I have nights when it just won't let up and most mornings I wake up going "Ooooww!"
I also had Costochondritis (said to hurt as much as a heart attack) for the last quarter of last year at about the same time and that IS a bummer!

So, that question: Is it fibro or 'just' a muscle strain? Can anyone tell the difference? After all, they both hurt.
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