Patient Comments: Myofascial Pain Syndrome - Effective Treatments

What treatments have been effective for your muscle pain (myofascial pain syndrome)?

Comment from: Female Published: August 24

I have suffered from myofascial pain for about four years now. For me, there was no easy solution, but many solutions together have helped. I had to stop taking Adderall and caffeine- containing beverages, as these definitely made the pain worse. I finally found a pain physician who knows how to give a trigger-point injection. You will know if the injection is in the right spot because your muscle will "jump" from the injection. These injections can get rid of trigger points completely, but then other triggers points in other muscles may express themselves. This is more likely if you have had the pain a long time. The best book on trigger points by far is written by Clare Davies. I also have a neuromuscular therapist who works on the trigger points once they have been injected to make sure they are completely gone. Finally, I have found significant relief with a tricyclic antidepressant called nortriptyline at a dose of 75 mg per night. The side effects can be bad such as constipation, loss of sexual desire and weight gain due to craving sweets and increased hunger. If you can hang in there with this drug, sometimes the side effects lessen with time. I managed not to gain weight on nortriptyline because I refused to eat more. For all its side effects, this drug is the best one by far for this type of pain relief. I have stuck with it because it is one of the few that works. Finally, I have a TENS unit. When I first got it, it helped by masking the pain. After I had the TENs unit for a while, the company sent me bigger patches that were capable of a lot more electrical stimulation. In the "modulation" mode, I set it high enough to cause muscle contractions. Wearing this for several hours appears to have a lasting effect on getting rid of the trigger point. Static body positions, such as typing all day, were really bad for the trigger points, and this is when the TENs unit worked best. The same mechanism may be why aerobic exercise gives some temporary relief for trigger point pain. This sounds like a complicated treatment plan and it is. This pain was so bad, I thought I would loose my mind over it. In the end, I have finally overcome it. Sometimes the answer is not easy, but if you're motivated enough it's out there.

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Comment from: Andi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have been suffering with myofascial pain syndrome my entire life, and only recently found the right treatment for it. When my pain starts acting up, I will visit my chiropractor, who selectively works on my spine and gives me dry-needling in my muscles. This is extremely painful after a session; however, once the pain disappears, the myofascial pain decreases. I also simultaneously visit a physiotherapist who works on my trigger points. I have found that this combined therapy has helped me tremendously.

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Comment from: jack, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 17

I began to suffer from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) three years ago. My condition is extremely debilitating if not treated and occurs in muscle tissue almost all over my body from my head to lower legs. At first, I received injections for the most painful muscle knots, which were effective, but since I suffered from about 60 knots, it was not very practical. I then discovered ultrasound treatments and lived with my ultrasound machine for a couple of years. This was effective for relieving the muscle knots, but as I am physically active, I could hardly keep up with their reformation. Last year, I discovered a product called Soothanol X2 that I found to be extremely effective and quick at relieving the symptoms. I can live a very active lifestyle and quickly relieve my pain as it arises.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

It's a painful condition that makes everyday muscle movements painful all day, every day. Pain medication is the only thing that helps me.

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Comment from: bugdlt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have Myofascial Pain Syndrome since 1997, fell cross country skiing. I've tried everything that has been suggested. When I say try, I give each treatment at least 2 years. I'm still in a lot of pain, I say that only because I am in bad pain day for over 2 weeks. There are good days. What helps me the most is a combination of several things. One is Hot Bikram Yoga. It isn't for everyone. Others are massage, an antidepressant, Tramadol, and walking. I am now going to try a special diet that fights pain or a vegan diet. I haven't researched both enough to make an educated decision. But until then, it's yoga, walking, Tramadol, and antidepressants

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Comment from: stilettokiller, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have suffered from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) for more than a year now and just recently discovered a self-help tool that has saved my life. The "Backnobber II" is a self-help tool that I discovered online. It costs about $30. Why I feel the Backnobber works: Each and every person is different, and you are the best judge of your pain and discomfort. Regular use of the Backnobber tool can help you better understand the source and nature of such problems and can be an exceptionally valuable aid in your pursuit of a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.

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