April 21, 2014

Fibromyalgia – What to Do About Those Lumps, Bumps and Swellings!

In twenty four years working clinically with fibromyalgia patients I have yet to meet one that does not have some lumps, bumps and/or water filled swellings also known as lesions just below the skin. What are these and where do they come from? They most often are not painful trigger points. They are areas of swollen tissue. With excess phosphate and calcium in fibromyalgia patient’s cells the body is unable to evacuate these and other chemicals. These swellings, lumps and bumps can be found in muscles, tendons, ligament and at times in the joints.

Mapping is the form of examination used in our fibromyalgia protocol. This examination is done by a trained physician such as a chiropractor, MD, DO or a physical therapist or licensed massage therapist by lightly running the flat area  of fingers, the pads, over the arms, legs, neck and any other exposed area. The location of these lesions are then drawn on a caricature of a body. As the patient continues through the fibromyalgia protocol these lesions begin to disappear.

This Mapping technique not only assists the doctor in monitoring the success of the protocol but also an additional positive stimulant for the patient to recognize progress in the return to health.This is an objective test run by the examiner on the fibromyalgia patient.  Regardless of the reaction of the patient as to painful areas the examiner should only mark down those areas that are lumps,bumps and or swellings. There is only one area that is checked during Mapping for pain and that area is the left front thigh.

Mapping should be done on the first visit prior to beginning any other portion of the treatment program. The establishment of the baseline prior to any medication or portion of the program will be used as a reminder  and comparison to where you were at the start and how each patient progresses through the protocol.

If you have begun the program and you do not have a trained specialist in Mapping please contact our clinic at:


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  1. Can u have fibromyalgia just in the chest area under your pectorals muscles?

    • Good evening Ramey. Those larger lumps and bumps and swellings can be concentrated in certain areas. The larger ones are usually easy for patients to see and or feel. Most often there are smaller pea size projections or fluid filled areas that are more difficult for patients to recognize unless you are trained in the practice of mapping as I am to find these areas. Mapping plays an important part in the Fibromyalgia protocol because it sets the amount of Guaifenesin a patient must take for the program to be successful.If you would like for me to refer you to a doctor that is proficient in this mapping technique let me know where you are residing. Best wishes in Health and Happiness.

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