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myofascial pain for 5 years

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 3, 2008
  • 05:21 AM

Is anyone else so exhausted from this condition that they just want to give up?

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  • Is anyone else so exhausted from this condition that they just want to give up? Hi, i suffer with TN (trigeminal neualaga) its a nightmare, mine started 11yrs ago......if theres anything i can help u with i will tell u what i do know. What treatments have u tryed ? how does it effect u ? Hope to hear from u :)
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  • I don't know your specifics, but I have had myofascial pain for about 5 years too. My problem now is mainly in my butt, hips, quads, and hamstrings. My back goes into major muscle spasms about every two years from not paying attention and lifting something the wrong way and my muscles being so tight and weak. I have tried all kinds of stuff including accupuncture, physical therapy, myofascial release therapy, trigger point dry needling, a thera-cane, using tennis balls on my trigger points, thinking it was in my head with Tension Myositis Syndrome, heating pads, and massages. I went to chiropractors, regular doctors, specialists, a back surgeon, got tested for fibromyalgia, had an MRI and spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out a) what was wrong and b) how to treat it. Some of these treatments would help temporarily but if I did too much physically or got stressed, I would pay for it with tight painful muscles and pain. Physically, I could not do what I had been able to do in the past. Finally, I went to a massage therapist in my little home town who was probably the least educated of all of the health care professionals that I had been too. She told me to use a foam roller to stretch the muscles out and keep them stretched out. She let me borrow hers until I bought one on-line from Wal-mart. The roller I got is very hard foam 6" in diameter and 3' long. I roll on it every morning and do stretching and strengthening exercises. THIS IS NOT A CURE, but I finally found something that actually helps me. I am doing so much better. Two days ago I rode my horse for 10 miles and the very fact I could do that is amazing. When I started rolling, it took about a month and a half to see results. I think the other key to it was strengthening my core muscles to take over for my glutes. I still consider this a chronic condition, but I am able to do so much more with way less pain. I believe it takes the roller and my bodyweight on the big muscles like the glutes, IT band, quads, and hamstrings to stretch them out and re-teach them that it is okay to stay that way. I tried using tennis balls in the past but the surface of the ball is too small for the big bands of muscles. I am not seeing any doctors or therapists now and am doing better than I have in years. It is such a savings in time and money not to mention pain. Just thought I'd pass this on. It is ironic to me that no one including all of the PT people I went to see ever recommended a roller and that the roller I bought for $18 has done more good than all of the other treatments combined.Please don't give up and take care of your mental health too. I got so depressed over my condition that I was suicidal and spent time in the hospital. Be aware of how you are feeling and get help before it goes too far. I am on an anti-anxiety/anti-depressant now and am doing wonderful.
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  • The roller I got is very hard foam 6" in diameter and 3' long. I roll on it every morning and do stretching and strengthening exercises. THIS IS NOT A CURE, but I finally found something that actually helps me...My wife has had myofascia pain for years and is also able to manage it well with a foam roller. There are several different types of rollers available now. Firmer ones are generally better for myofascial release, but her favorite of all is the RumbleRoller (www.rumbleroller.com), which has bumps that penetrate deeper into the muscle.
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