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new to myofascial pain syndrome

I got rear ended at the end of January and at first was told I had a herniated disk in my thoracic spine. I then went to an orthopedic specialist who recommended second MRI's which showed no such herniation. That process took til april 10th. Thespecialist told me I have myofascial pain syndrome and returned me to work full at full duty as this was a workers comp. He has prescribed me to go to physical therapy again and deep tissue massage and also to see a pain management dr. With my work scheduele I havent had a chance to do anything yet. My question is has anyone else been given these treatments to help with the pain, if so do they work? What other therapy might you do that works or doesn't work?I get sore from taking walks, cooking, cleaning, sitting too long, and sleeping is a problem sometimes too. I get so dang tired so easily. I work for a world wide delivery company and in the two weeks I've been back to work it's been hell. Im new to this site and to this pain and any advise or comments can help- thanks in advance.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Welcome! I've been a member on this site for about two months, but it feels like longer (in a good way). In the two weeks you have been back to work, have you had any of the treatments recommended, such as the physical therapy and deep tissue massage? If you have, do you feel any relief? Have you been able to see a pain management doctor? If not, are you on a waiting list? I'd be really interested to hear what a pain management doctor would have to say about you working. My pain sounds similar to yours, the activities you listed that increase your pain are simliar to those that increase my pain.
    How about meds? What, if anything have you been given to help with pain? I saw you wrote you were very tired, which can be from different medication you are taking, or it could just be from the pain. Keep us updated.
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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