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Doctor insights on: Treatment For Myofascial Pain

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Is myofascial pain syndrome a serious condition that needs medical attention?

Is myofascial pain syndrome a serious condition that needs medical attention?

Needs attention: It can be quite uncomfortable. You can develop horrible migraine headaches and suffer needlessly. Eventually, you can develop problems in the joints themselves. Absolutely address this as a arlymas possible. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for myofascial pain?

What's the treatment for myofascial pain?

Rx: Hopefully antiinflammatories for short course can eliminate the myofascial inflammation...If becomes chronic, exercise, pt neck rom exercises, trigger point injections, muscle relaxants, tricyclics antidepressants, gentle massage, ... ...Read more

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Does myofascial pain ever go away for good? I'm 24 and I've had this for a year. Only tried physical therapy.

Does myofascial pain ever go away for good? I'm 24 and I've had this for a year. Only tried physical therapy.

Myofascial pain: Yes it does. BUT you have to keep exercising the muscles as they are more prone to pain once they have suffered from such condition. Usually the muscle pain is secondary to a deeper issue such as back pain due to disc or joint problems or neck pain due to the same reasons in the neck. If therapy does not help, see a physician for proper evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What treatments would you recommend for myofascial pain syndrome? What pain medication is appropriate? Can I strengthen muscles with trigger points?

What treatments would you recommend for myofascial pain syndrome? What pain medication is appropriate? Can I strengthen muscles with trigger points?

MFP stands for: myofascial pain syndrome, can range from a relatively simple case involving a single muscle to the more complex case involving multiple muscles. Management: 1.Patient education and self-care. 2.Physical medicine. 3.Injection techniques 4.Pharmacotherapy (Aleve, Flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) Amitriptyline, SSRIs, SNRIs, anxiolytics,etc). 5.Behavioral modification. ...Read more

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What is myofascial pain? Dr didn't explain. X-ray shows complete straightening of neck. Could this be the cause?

What is myofascial pain? Dr didn't explain. X-ray shows complete straightening of neck. Could this be the cause?

Myofascial pain: Myofascial pain is a fancy way to describe muscle pain. The fascia is the connective tissue that covers the muscles. This tissue can be damaged by injury, infection, inflammation and trigger points arise. The actual sites of the injury or strain prompts the development of these trigger points in turn causing pain elsewhere, aka referred pain. Yoga will help your neck regain proper curvature. ...Read more

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How often can trigger point injections be done for myofascial pain?

It depends on what: Solution is used. If it is only lidocaine or mixture of saline and lido it can done monthly. But if there is steroid mix within, then should be much less frequent and I do not advocate for any steroid use as it really doesn't provide any additional benefit base on current medical evidence. ...Read more

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How many trigger point injections can be done in one appointment for myofascial pain?

Typically will be : Between two to three muscle groups bilaterally, so between 4 to 6 injections. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia or myofascial pain--which is worse?

Fibromyalgia or myofascial pain--which is worse?

Perspective: Both are painful & can be tough to treat. I deal a lot with both. Some causes of fibro, such as ligament laxity or food sensitivities, if found, may be treated, but the cause is often elusive. Myofascial pain usually results from trauma; if tissues, bones, or nerves are fractured, cut or crushed, it's harder to treat. Osteopathic manipulation has proven very effective in many of my cases. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome?

Many : Headache, jaw or neck pain are common. Limitations in motion as well. The distinguishing feature is the absence of unusual sounds (clicking or popping) coming from the joints. This is a muscle condition, and the joints are not damaged internally. ...Read more