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Question for Ron D

jsambo123jjsambo123 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi Ron, I have read your posts on the importance of massage for upper back pain. I had surgery at T-2,3 and have had chronic pain for the last ten years after surgery. FOr the last two years I have been using self massage for my myofascial pain but the last three months have been getting trigger point release by a massage therapist. THe problem is that my pain is getting worse and increasingly has a burning to go with the aching. I continue to use daily heating pad and sometimes ice to the areas. Should I continue at $85 a treatment. Also do you know anything about cymbalta for myofascial pain? I take effexor now which is a related drug.
Thank you,


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,579

    for a spine-health site introduction, click on :

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    check the various tabs at the top of the spine-health page and you will find so much that is offered here.

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    please feel free to contact me at rdilauro@gmail.com or send me a message
    i can address the situation regarding the deep upper back muscle, the rhomboid major. that is a very deep muscle on the back that connects the scapula with the vertebrae of the spinal column. this muscle is considered a superficial back muscle and is associated with thoracic discs t2 through t5. from my personal experiences, normal physical therapy treatments can not address problems with this muscle. i spent over a year in pt trying all sorts of treatments before they finally gave up. there was nothing they can do for me. it was then my pain mgt doctor put me onto the deep tissue massage person. it was only after i started having weekly sessions of deep tissue massage that i started to feel some relief. it took about 3 months of weekly 'tortue' having those muscles worked on. in addition to that treatment, i also added aqua therapy (basically just walking and stretching) and heat.
    during the peak of my problems, i was using oxycontin to keep everything in control. i have now be of oxycontin for about 4 months now and i am using oxycodone ir to manage the pain.
    i personally have not used cymbalta, but was using amitriptyline for several months. both of those drugs can be lumped into anti-depressant type of medication, but what it provided for me was good rem sleep. that is the type of sleep you get that really allows your body to relax. it is not the type of sleep you can get from something like ambien
    from what i have read, cortisone injections as well as trigger point injections can help.

    bottom line, to control and manage my thoracic problems,
    i need the deep tissue massage ($85 a session), aqua therapy ($50/month), home tens unit. and also recently we purchased a hot tub which i use daily to relax my muscles.

    and please remember, everything i have said is based on my personal experiences and should not be taken as formal medical advice

    good luck and keep posting here so that you can update your status and just have discussions with other folks here who deal with chronic thoracic problems.

    maintain a positive strong outlook - that can take care of many things.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i see Ron was able to answer some of your questions. =D> i just want to say hi!! i do not have thoracic problems but we do have pain in common. make yourself at home and have a look around the different forums. good luck and keep us posted on your progress. Jenny :)
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