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What is the treatment for myofascial pain syndrome?

Optimal treatment of myofascial pain syndrome can be a multifaceted approach. This can include education of the patient, stress reduction, stretching and exercise programs as well as physical therapy rehabilitation, sleep improvement, and medications all best organized by a single physician who tailors the therapies over time by customizing them for the individual patient.

Medications used to treat myofascial pain syndrome can be directed toward various features of the individual's condition and may be used temporarily or longer term. Often trials of medications are used to find the best treatment for the particular patient. For example, trazodone (Serzone) or amitriptyline (Elavil) may be used at bedtime to improve sleep as well as relieve pain; cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) or orphenadrine (Norflex) can be used at bedtime to relax muscles and to aid sleep; and antidepressants such as sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), duloxetine (Cymbalta) can be used to help control pain as can gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica).

What are home remedies for myofascial pain syndrome?

Home remedies for myofascial pain syndrome include exercise, massage, hot water soaks, and resting. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve) can be beneficial in relieving symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/7/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/muscle_pain/article.htm

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