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myofascial pain syndrome

I've been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, I get pain in a muscular section left hand side of thoracic section of back. I have a t8-t9 disc protrusion. The muscular pain i get is roughly same level. I get no disc pain/neurological symptoms. My muscle pain only started after the disc protrusion. Has been about a year and a half. So far I've had trigger point injections which help but don't last. I've had physio which helps but doesn't last. I'm concerned that I will always have this pain because the disc is herniated and they have said it's far to dangerous to fix. The pain is better than when it started but it still prevents me from doing sport. Any suggestions?


  • Have you tried the Botox trigger point injections? They last a little longer than the usual lidocaine ones. If they work for you it could be worth trying. I know it's really hard when there's no surgical 'fix' for your pain. There are loads of different pain management 'tricks' discussed on the forums. Some really help me. It's just about finding all the things that help you, OTC & prescription creams, meds, airomatherapy & other alternative treatments.
    I had to accept my limitations & my life, activities are very different now. If your specialists are saying that pain management strategies are all that's left maybe you won't be able to return to your sports. I know it's very hard to hear. In my experience discs are most painful while they're herniating & leaking. Sometimes things have a way of calming down with time. My Dad is 76 with a spine that looks like a scenic railway. He used to be 6ft tall & now he's 5ft 6" at most! He was bedridden over the years but now plays competitive seniors golf several times a week. Just because you're limited now doesn't mean you always will be. Please don't push yourself against doctors advise...things can always be worse!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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