Muscle fibrosis

I am six years out from the end of chemo/radiation for stage IV NPC.  Lately, I have been having a lot of tight muscles in my middle to upper back and neck.  I am currently seeing a PT for some issue that caused pain when breathing in deeply, sneezing and coughing.  They have found several muscles that are tight and have knots in them.  I am wondering what others are doing  to slow the progression of muscle fibrosis.  I have read about deep friction massage.  If anyone has done this treatment, does it help?

Thanks for any guidance you can give.

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Hi, I'm wondering if the muscle fibrosis, is from your radiation/chemo. If so it would explain most all of us that suffered with both; after effects.
I have done gentle massage; as deep anything can wreck you up. Anything that goes more than gentle, would have to be a growing confidence in the relationship with the professional, over time.
I'm glad you asked the question.
Looks like you had a rare cancer, with few bloggers. So sorry.
My cancer is rare, but there are a ton of people that respond if we have questions.
I hope more people eventually get back to you.
Thank you for your reply.
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Vital Info


November 17, 2013

United States

December 31, 1970

Cancer Info

Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Nonkeratinizing squamous cell

July 30, 2013

Stage 4

3.1 - 4.0 cm


The uncertainty of whether it will kill me or not.

Live each day like it's your last.

Pray and encourage me when I'm down.

Induction chemo with monoclonal antibody (cetuximab)


MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Try hard to find things that taste okay so you can maintain your weight and swallowing during radiation to head and neck.

If you are religious - focus on your family and pray and remember God is always with you. If not religious - focus on your family and getting through it so you can continue to be in their lives.

December 21, 2013

April 1, 2014

Fullness in right ear, sinus headaches, tingling and numbness in upper right lip and cheek area near the nose, right side of tongue and right side of roof of mouth sensitive to salty and acidic foods

Started radiation on 11/4/13 after 6 weeks on induction chemo

Started cetuximab on 9/5/13 along with induction chemo as part of a clinical trial - skin rash on face, chest, back, and lower legs similar to acne (very painful), swollen lymph nodes which caused pain in the neck and back of head, severe itching, cracked corners of mouth that were extremely painful.


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