Patient Comments: Myofascial Pain Syndrome - Effective Treatments

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

Comment from: Jpace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

Dry needling works for myofascial pain syndrome, it goes directly into the trigger point and fatigues the muscle so it will relax. Avoid cold, it will make your entire body ache. After my car accident it took two years to diagnose. I have been doing dry needling on and off for about a year. After that treatment, I hit the hot tub, or hot shower. It really helps.

Comment from: momto2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was in an auto accident a year ago. I am still in treatment. I have pain in jaw, neck, shoulder, hips, and calves. It took a while but now they are diagnosing it as myofascial pain syndrome. I have tried physiotherapy for 8 months and now am starting therapeutic massage and water therapy. I feel for everyone who has this. I did have migraines but was put on a drug called Keppra and they have vanished. I also checked my eyeglass prescription. Sometimes you have to just keep on keeping on until you find what works for you.

Comment from: Aj, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I just wanted to share some of the aids that I rub on. They are used for muscle pain (myofascial pain syndrome). One is called Absorbine Jr. Plus, this is just a liquid you rub on. Then the other one is Village Naturals Therapy muscle relief lotion (for aches and pains). I work with pain management to do trigger point injections. I have tried lidocaine infusion also. I stretch, do cardio, and take baths. In the baths I do Epsom salt, and Village Naturals Therapy for stress and aches and pains. For the headaches I am scheduled to try Botox injections.

Comment from: Jooloo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I have gone from barely walking and in the most intense pain (myofascial pain syndrome), including hospitalization for suspected kidney stones to living a more or less normal life in 3 years. Yes, I still suffer constant pain however it is now manageable. Firstly I had a series of around 20 trigger point injections with a steroid and local anesthetic mixture. Then a regime of wet cupping and trigger point pressing was introduced. Then came the cross trainer and walking in the pool, in a year I have progressed slowly from 4 lengths of an 18 m pool to 14, and 20 seconds on cross trainer to 16 minutes. Along with pregabalin and amitriptyline with paracetamol and heat packs when necessary, things are under control. My biggest tip is to make gentle repetitive movement the most normal thing in your life, as the last thing I wanted to be told was that I had to exercise, but it has changed my life. Though some days I wonder if soaking in the Jacuzzi after the pool walking does more good than the exercise!

Comment from: Meredith M, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

Great to see more sites on chronic myofascial pain (CMP) or myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). I"ve had it most of my life and only recently got an accurate diagnosis. An early injury to the neck and shoulders, during a traumatic accident involving a fatality, never healed properly. Surgery is not an option. My neck and shoulder get triggered usually by barometric pressure drop, and temperature drops from low pressure system. Chiropractic and myofascial trigger point treatments, anti-inflammatory diet, no dairy or gluten, and low histamine diet ease severity. I"ve learned not to exercise at all in acute phase, allow 2 weeks once trigger points are no longer active before resuming gentle Yoga, and swimming. As lymph system doesn"t drain when my neck is inked, I use Benadryl to reduce swelling, guaifenesin and muscle relaxant, anti-histamine and over the counter pain medications. For me the physical release from adjustments with myofascial trigger point therapy and neuromuscular therapy works best to manage the chronic condition.

Comment from: vfogerty1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I have fibromyalgia that was diagnosed about 10 years ago and just diagnosed with hemi facial spasms about 2 months ago, and I have to get Botox injections to lessen to spasms. I feel like I might have myofascial pain syndrome as well. My neck is so bad and lower back has so much pain it is nauseating.

Comment from: Amy89, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have been suffering with myofascial pain for about 6 months. It often feels like toothache so I've been making numerous visits to the dentist. Eventually, recently I've been referred and seen by a pain doctor. He said I have grade 2 artificial myofascial pain. He said there isn't much they can do and put me on a medication called pregabalin. The pain doctor told me acupuncture wouldn't work however I have rang around a couple, and they have said it would work. I'm running out of options just want this pain to go away.

Comment from: Frankovich, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 08

Physical therapy has been the best solution for me at the moment for my muscle pain. Get a good stretching program from you doctor or therapist. Keep good posture. My neck pain is better, and my pain in my face is some what relived. Also, sleeping aids and anti-depressants have helped me. I also use Xanax to get the edge off. I was on pain meds for six months. I don't suggest that; it causes addiction and drowsiness. It's not worth it. Heat helps too. Take hot showers, use heating pads, saunas and Jacuzzis. Chiropractors and massage therapists helped some too. As of right now, trigger point therapy has not helped me, but I only have only had one treatment. Keeping my stress under control is one of the biggest factors. I try not to clench my teeth and keep my face from being taunt. Stay away from stimulants such as tobacco and caffeine. Alcohol is also very bad because it dries the muscles and makes me feel like crap. Keep a positive attitude even though life is very difficult with this condition. Drink lots of water.

Comment from: Blue Ice, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 29

I've been getting muscle pain since I was 14. I've been diagnosed with having OCD since I was 9, and Schizoaffective Disorder at 17. If there is any correlation, I'm 40 now, and now my back hurts, and I get sudden pains, and then just muscle pain in my chest, shoulders, arms, back, and upper legs, for what seems no reason at all. I tried stretching and exercise for muscle imbalances, and my own effort to massage all the points where I have pain, in case they are trigger points. My back has really let up, and my leg seems a lot better from hurting me for a year, after what seems nothing at all to cause it. I took Advil, and Tylenol, but am now looking forward to trying Aleve (Naproxen) over the counter now that it's available in Canada. Over all, it's a real pain in the butt to have always some kind of muscle pain or strain somewhere even to a point where I can barely move, and a movement, sudden or not, can cause unbearable pain that I yell. It's a good thing that a high threshold for pain helps. I find one anti-inflamation drug will help one part of me, but not another part. Anyway, Naproxen for me soon.

Comment from: Aimsters, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I have suffered from this type of muscle pain for four years now after my vehicle was hit head on by a much larger vehicle. I did physical therapy for a while, but he told me that there was nothing more he could do for me, as I was getting worse. A couple of years before the accident, I was diagnosed with cervical spurs, C 6/7 that were giving me problems. I still get muscle cramps, buzzing sensations, and deep aches all over my body, but the pain has calmed down compared to the excruciating pain and misery I endured for the first two years following the motor vehicle accident. I take high doses of nortriptyline and gabapentin at night to sleep, more gabapentin in the morning along with cymbalta for the depression this type of constant pain causes, and more gabapentin in the afternoon if I need it. I attend massage therapy only once a month now because of the expense, and do water exercises such as water walking, water running, and stretching swimming motions for only about 20 minutes at a time or I get debilitating muscle cramps in my toes, feet, legs, mid-back, and thighs. I am not improving, and now I am plagued by headaches as well. I try not to stress myself physically or mentally. I would take opiates at this point, but I don't think my doctor would prescribe these for me because of their potential to be habit-forming. It is the longevity of the pain and discomfort that is wearing me down. The quality of my life in every respect has been affected negatively by this condition. This is more than just a drag!

Comment from: 25-34 (Patient) Published: December 14

I was told that I have Myofascial from my Physical Therapist. I have to live with it and manage the pain positively. I have constant pain on one side of my neck and shoulder. Sometime the pain is tormenting but sometimes bearable. At the beginning (10 years ago), I only had wrist pain because of computer mouse, long hours working at computer, but now the pain is all the time. I had a bad migraine, but it is fixed by taking low dose Aspirin everyday. The doctor found a high level platelet count, which contributes to headache. I have taken 1.5 years off work now and tried different things but still have no fix. I am doing exercises everyday, use heat pack, maintain good posture, have a stretch every 30 min while working at computer. That is right, I have decided to live with the pain instead of fixing it. If your body has pain, act immediately before it is too late. I have taken 1.5 years off work now, tried different things but still have no fix. I am doing exercises everyday, use heat pack, maintain good posture, have a stretch every 30 min while working at computer. That is right, I have decided to live with the pain instead of fixing it. If your body has pain, act immediately before it is too late.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 26

I have recently been successfully treated for polymyalgia rheumatica by "autologous stem cell therapy here in the Republic of Panama." No moral arguments because the stem cells were removed from my adipose tissue, separated in the lab and then reinfected into my body no problems with using other person's stem cells there was no rejection. Within three months the serious pain which had me bed ridden for about eight months is now gone. Good luck by the way, stem cell therapy here is done by American trained doctors and is much cheaper than anywhere else.

Comment from: Molly2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I finally gave up on everything that wasn't working and found a board-certified myofascial trigger point therapist. MyoRehab in Albuquerque, NM, has given be my life back. I had locked down muscles pulling ribs out of place in my back and at my sternum. Finally, all that is gone. I maintain with constant stretches throughout the day and an occasional trip back to MyoRehab for a tuneup. What a relief! I can't believe I suffered for eight years. There was hardly a muscle in my body that was not locked down. I'm getting back to living.

Comment from: feelingbetter, (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had recurring myofascial pain in the upper back and neck for many years. I've been told that it is due to poor posture and sitting at the computer all day. Things that have worked the most for me include capsaicin creme applied to the painful area. I think it works by masking the pain and also bringing more blood into the area. The capsaicin itself is pretty uncomfortable, but it is better than the underlying pain. The other thing that has helped is physical therapy to strengthen the affected area. It has taken time, but I think it is working. I have also used chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture (with and without electricity), massage, cupping, self-acupressure with Thera Cane, OTC pain relievers, and TENS. I think TENS might have helped more if I had a stronger home unit, but the one they gave me was too weak to be of much help.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: lovebooksanddogs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I wanted to thank the people who have taken the time to post here despite being in pain. I have been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome. It is constant and relentless. I am still trying to figure it out after more than 2 years. Medication have been the only thing so far to help. I am going to try physical therapy again (only went for 2 weeks about a year ago) what a horrible nightmare this has been. I refuse to give up.

Comment from: Ann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

Honestly, I have tried everything- PT, rolfing, drugs - but what helps the most is a gluten and sugar free lifestyle.

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.

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

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.

Comment from: hersheykiss, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I live in Asheville, NC, and we have a myofascial therapy center here. My doctor referred me there. They work on the areas you have pain. It's gentle applied hands-on therapy. I may be sore the next day, but it really helps. I have a problem with trusting people to touch my neck and shoulders. I am still working on that. My therapist helps me to relax with gentle pressure in other areas where I have pain then, works on my neck and shoulders. By then, I have relaxed considerably. My therapist can also work out the area in the back of my head where my head is throbbing. It's not complete relief but some. If you have migraines like I do, you know that some relief is a blessing.

Comment from: chasdwitt, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 08

I just found out about myofascial pain after several doctor visits and cortisone injections, massages, and pain meds. It always comes back, in the same spot and in varying intensities.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

If you are lucky enough to have access to a pain center you can try trigger point injections. They did not work that well until one night I wrote on myself. I found my sore spots--three in each hip--and they felt around my drawings and when I jumped with pain they gave me a shot! It's the best communication I've had with my doctors. The pain disappeared like magic.

Comment from: Katmandu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have had myofascial pain all my life but it was only definitively diagnosed in 2004 when I was 55. Very discouraging. I started taking 50 mgs of Lyrica and it helps but not more than 10 hours at which point I feel like I was run over by a truck all over again from the waist up. Very distracting mentally and very immobilizing. I have tried exercising but Tai Chi seems to be the best exercise. It sooths my soul as well as my body. But again the relief doesn't last. I have learned to embrace the pain which helps as long as the pain doesn't control me.

Comment from: CB, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Yoga! It is therapeutic and I can't live without it. It was so hard at first, causing more pain than I already had, but after a year of doing it, it actually takes some of my pain away.

Comment from: Daphnexduck, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I have found two foods that trigger my muscle pain: rice and corn. I suggest going on a food elimination diet to see if something you're eating might be a cause of your muscle pain.Eliminating rice got rid of all the pains in my arms and legs, and even my back pain. Two forkfulls of rice is enough to bring my aches back. I've been eating more corn lately, and the aches came back. That was very scary since regular pain pills don't do much, and the pain doesn't let me sleep. I stopped eating corn for two days, and woke up feeling great this morning!

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

For six months I've had muscle pain in my back. I hurt my self at work lifting some thing heavy. Now they say I have muscle in my back that won't release. I'm in consent pain. Can't walk, sit, or stand for long. They say some day it will they just don't know when.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have used trigger point therapy for years. Basically, it's applying deep pressure to the trigger points. It helps break them up. Of course, I always hurt worse before I feel better, but once I do feel better, I am much looser and in a lot less pain. Today is the first time I've found anything on myofascial pain. I've had it for decades and am covered in trigger points from head to toe. I am surprised that the info. I found says nothing about acupressure. It is very effective and is a treatment one can perform on themselves with theracane, which range in price from $28 - $45. This way you can find the trigger points in your back and neck and work them out, applying the amount of pressure you can tolerate.

Comment from: Vinbiff, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

Due to numerous pains particularly in legs and neck I stopped taking DIOVAN Valsartan capsules (160mg) being taken for high blood pressure. The pains just disappeared. Previously I have also had very bad pains that were being caused by Statins being taken for cholesterol. Currently I do not take any medication for the above and my doctor is now very concerned that the medications may have caused muscle degeneration and has requested future blood tests to see if the "Serum Creatine" levels improve. Last reading was 323 where the normality is between 60 - 80 (UK readings)

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