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Progressive, extremely severe thoracic back pain at night, for months. Tried chiro, massage, accu, nsaids, antacids.MRI w/o contrast was normal.Ideas?

Progressive, extremely severe thoracic back pain at night, for months. Tried chiro, massage, accu, nsaids, antacids.MRI w/o contrast was normal.Ideas?

Diagnose: What you really need now is a diagnosis. Why would a 30 yo have sever back pain with a normal MRI? It suggests it may be non musculoskeletal. Things like pancreatitis, ulcer disease, and a variety of medical conditions can cause back pain. You may need to start over with a detailed exam and further studies to explain the source of your pain. Then appropriate treatment can be given. ...Read more

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Ddd on L5 s1, done p/t, yoga, exercise, chiro, massage, edpidural, nerve block & facet injection, in pain, aside from surgery, what else can I do?

Ddd on L5 s1, done p/t, yoga, exercise, chiro, massage, edpidural, nerve block & facet injection, in pain, aside from surgery, what else can I do?

Core strengthening: Core strengthening is the best non-surgical option for DDD at L5-S1. Also, I would recommend the "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie ( a book) for additional exercises you may find helpful. ...Read more

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If massage benefits pain relief, does fancy massage oil enhance those effects at all?

If massage benefits  pain relief, does fancy massage oil enhance those effects at all?

Not necessarily: Massage can be useful in managing myofascial type pain. It promotes relaxing spastic muscles and may also improve blood flow in the muscle. The latter can further enhance tissue healing if there is injury to the muscle. Adding oil may enhance the experience and decrease rough friction on the skin which may be irritating otherwise. However, it may not directly improve the benefit on its own. ...Read more

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Strained hamstring, piriformis, illiosoas, Clean MRI and X-ray of hips. PT for 2 months. Still horrible pain. Can't sit for 20 min. Stretching ?

Pain: Consider a chiropractic exam and treatment. I suspect you may have underlying structural issues if imaging is okay. I would also find a good masseuse for treatment. ...Read more

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Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons (plantar fascitis or calcaneal apophysitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I've had lock jaw 2 weeks nothing relieving it any advice using hot water bottle diazepam and massage?

I've had lock jaw 2 weeks nothing relieving it any advice using hot water bottle diazepam and massage?

See a TM j doctor: The most frequent reason fo RA locked jaw is due to dislocation of the disc in the tm joint. An acute closed lock can be manipulated releasing the traped disc and restoring normal opening.You should see a tm joint specialist in your area. ...Read more

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Been using hot wrap around front/back of neck.Massage therapist said very dangerous to put heat on front(carotid art/jugular vein)have I done harm?

Been using hot wrap around front/back of neck.Massage therapist said very dangerous to put heat on front(carotid art/jugular vein)have I done harm?

I doubt it: I agree it is better to avoid putting hot things on the front of your neck, however, you have not done any damage unless you actually burned yourself. You should be ok! Visit http://CardioGauge.com to learn about risk for heart attack and how to avoid... ...Read more

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Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

All and none: Everything depends what is the cause for pain. If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain. ...Read more

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Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!

Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!

Fibromyalagia: This is fibromyalgia and not directly related to Lyme. Your physician needs to direct you to a fibromyalgia program which includes: 1. Exercise - the pain is in the muscles 2. Sleep evaluation and treatment 3. Stress evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

Neutrality: No positions or height/ firmness are standard. You should find what works best for you, but try to maintain neutral spine, or straight spine in each position. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc heal by using an inversion table? Lumbar stretcher? Yoga?

Can a herniated disc heal by using an inversion table?  Lumbar stretcher?  Yoga?

Real question: The real question i hear you asking is can conservative treatments such as ones listed improve pain/symptoms associated with disc herniation? The answer is yes they may in some cases (depending on size/location of disc, chronicity of symptoms, and age at times).Let a specialist in conservative managent such as pain physician, physiatrist, or sports doc guide you to right treatment plan. Eval rec'd. ...Read more

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Treated a long standing pain and numbness at right scapula with chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. Pain moved to the front of shoulder?

Treated a long standing pain and numbness at right scapula with  chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. Pain moved to the front of shoulder?

Ortho eval: Shoulder mri, and general medical evaluation is what i would recommend. I think you need to increase the level of commitment to finding the cause. ...Read more

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Can laying on a massage table be bad for wrinkles on your face?

Can laying on a massage table be bad for wrinkles on your face?

Not really: The occasional laying face down on a massage table for 30 minutes or so, should have no to minimal long lasting effect on facial wrinkles. Your genetics and sun exposure are far more important. ...Read more

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When do they use traction for cervical spondylosis? Using flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) trigger pt injectns, ultram, diclofenac gel, lidocaine gel, moist heat.

When do they use traction for cervical spondylosis? Using flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) trigger pt injectns, ultram, diclofenac gel, lidocaine gel, moist heat.

It help a lot: An MRI study on the effects of neck traction was performed in 2008, 35 of 36 subjects. During traction subarachnoid protrusions were reduced in 25 of 35 subjects or 71%. Disc height measurement during traction using digital calipers and measuring to 100th of a millimeter indicated an average posterior disc expansion of 19.02%. Increases in range of motion were noted post traction. ...Read more

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