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Best Treatment for Post Op Muscle Pain?

I have lots of muscle pain (it is much worse than the pain I was experiencing pre-surgery and has crippled my life in the last weeks). I'm on a muscle relaxer, prescription strength anti-inflammatory, and Flexor patches for the affected area, but nothing seems to work. I had surgery 3.5 months ago (laminectomy/facetectomy at L5-S1 level for nerve decompression) and have been doing PT since a week after surgery but am still in disabling pain. I'm going back to the pain doctor tomorrow again but I am looking for ideas on what to ask for.

My MRIs showed surgery was a success so I don't think it was a botched surgery. Thanks in advance for the advice.


  • I see they have already giving you a prescription like Baclophen, Flexeril, etc. to help with the muscles. I had something like this after my ACDF about 12 years ago. My doctor suggested deep tissue massage in my case. I felt like there was a spear in between my shoulder blades. After about 3 sessions, that pain went away.

    Massage prices vary differently based on where you live, but I'd guesstimate about a dollar a minute for the session. Talk to your PT and ask them if it would be right for you, and you might be able to get a massage therapist recommendation from them. Always check first to be sure if they think it would be a good idea based on your physical condition and surgery type. When/if you do see a MT, a good one will want to find out exactly about your pain and parts of the body giving you trouble. Take the 5 minutes to talk with them about it.

    I still get 2 massages per month now. Looking forward to seeing my MT in a week for some work post-op.

  • I actually had one and felt okay after but the pain was just nuts during... I think the pain is currently way too high for me to try one again.
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