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25 February 2013 @ 12:35 am
So there's this thing where I'm crippled and I'm poor.

I'm also taking testosterone which is causing some amazing repetitive muscle cramping. (This is apparently normal as a side effect, but my body, as usual, won't let the cramps go.) The sore spots that cause me difficulty are in my trapezius muscle and between my spine/shoulder blade. I can't reach that. Our bathe tub isn't shaped for me to soak that without contorting my spine.

I'm also poor. (Not so poor. But when my insurance + meds = more than rent, I am poor.)

Does anyone know a good way to deal with this, especially as my roommate has no desire to punch my back daily *and* I need to be at work and not asleep because of relaxants?

*Note: I'm also entertaining the possibility that this isn't T but the doctor seems to assume this is.
Sam Black: Quiet momentoptimus_life on February 25th, 2013 06:52 am (UTC)
I went through puberty the first time round (ages 11-17/18) with high T levels, for someone designated female at birth. Muscle cramps where directly related to that and where a pain!!! My doctor at the time gave me some tips/tricks.

Now not saying yours may be from something else but just saying, it could be the T messing with you. Not in a bad way just in a, that's how the body works.

Anyways said tips:
-soak in a tub- (though you said that doesn't work per say. so skip)
-Excedrin-my bad back loves this for an OTC pain pill. I'd recommend Soma, which I have script for but it's A) not OTC and B) can be freakin expensive.
-Icy Hot,Ben-gay patches or cream- Can be tricky to apply. I have a roll on cream that I use for my back and left shoulder (obviously when I'm not binding).
-Laying on the floor. Use to sprawl there to get relief, it sounds weird but it worked.

Unrelated but because I can't reply to your other post. Yes BACA is amazing. I can't wait to get involved with them.
Krissy: hugsdougalbug on February 25th, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
We have a thing in the UK called Voltarol. They're sticky heat-pads that you apply over the sore area before you go to sleep and it delivers heat to the muscles overnight so (in theory) when you wake up, it feels better. Perhaps there's something similar over there?
pryderaprydera on February 25th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
It might be worth investing in a theracane. They're about $35, but they're durable (short of melting, I can't think of any way you personally could break one in the next 10 years) and would allow you to massage some of the cramps out yourself without someone else helping. Back when I pulled my trapezius in college, it's one of the things the PT got me to use. I'm happy to describe how I use mine, but it's fairly intuitive.

Also, looking around online for info on trigger point therapy spots that you could work on yourself. A theracane would help you reach the back ones, but loosening up some of the easier to reach muscles may help your back as well. There is a book you can buy, but I'm fairly certain there are internet sites with pretty much the same info.
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