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Tattoo pain - any ideas?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by sming, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. sming

    sming

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    Hi,
    recently when I had my 1st & 2nd tattoo sessions I didn't know I had CFS/ME, which I gather can lower your pain threshold considerably.

    Well, that turned out to be my experience - I couldn't believe how painful it was. The tattoo artist couldn't believe my intolerance/wimpiness as well.

    Anyway, anyone have any tips for alleviating the pain? I've been told that Dr. Numb/Inkeeze only works for like 25 mins which isn't long enough (it's a 3 hour session...). I'm considering ibuprofen or beer but don't have great hopes for either. Tips before Weds evening appreciated!

    Pete
     
  2. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Narcissism = lack of self awareness

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    Another issue besides the pain (I got my tats pre-ME) is the ink. I believe they contain mercury, or did. Or something toxic It's escaping me now.
     
  3. sming

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    minkeygirl Narcissism = lack of self awareness

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    All of the above. Look around here for all the people trying to get metals out of their systems. Pain is the least of your worries IMO.
     
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  5. PallasKat

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    Hi Pete - A similar thing happened to me with acupuncture. I used to be able to tolerate the needles without barely noticing them - now, even the tiniest needle feels like an ice-pick - and my last treatment even caused a migraine!

    If it were me, (and I have a few tattoos), I would take an anti-inflammatory 30 min before your session. I would also take a high (but safe) dosage - say 600 mg of ibuprofen. Extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) might work for you too.

    Does anyone think magnesium could help??

    .....but NO BEER - that will just make you feel worse in the long run, and a lot of tattoo artists won't work on you anymore if you have been drinking.

    Best!!

    P Kat:cat:
     
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  6. sming

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    Hi P Kat, can you give an example of such an anti-inflammatory? I checked with the artist and he's happy for me to have a few beers if that helps. I'm just not sure it'll help!
    Thanks for the post!
    Pete
     
  7. PallasKat

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    Hiya Pete!

    My choice of anti-inflammatory would be Advil liquid gel caps. If it were me, I would take 3 gel caps 30 minutes before you session. That is 600 mg - and be sure to drink lots of water. If you have stomach issues with your CFS/ME, you might want to explore something else - I have a good stomach and can tolerate most medications that cause some people to have abdominal cramps and nausea.

    I never mix alcohol with anti-inflammatories - it worries me.

    Regarding the beer :lol: here is a good, short article I found on http://tat2duck.com/ :


    Bestest!

    P Kat :cat:
     
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  8. jerrymcfadyen

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    WoW! Glad that's not an issue for me. I'm now taking insulin shots every day and B12 once a month and Testosteron shots twice a month.

    Anyway as for tattoos one of mine was done after getting CFS/ME and did not hurt any more than the others. It could be just that is something that's going to affect you.
    I agree get Advil gel caps they and you can check on this but I'm sure you can take more than normal dose to get you through.
     
  9. sming

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    Hah, thanks for the post, I managed to see it before tonight's session. I ended up taking 600mg ibuprofen and it definitely took the edge off - thanks for the suggestion.

    That said it was still no cake walk, especially around the armpit - oof. Just 2-3 more sessions to go...
     

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