Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
BOTTOM LINE: Temporarily relieved some of the excruciating nerve pain from my ruptured disc.
After an MRI revealed I had ruptured a disc, and because I was losing neurological function of my arm, I was scheduled for surgery. My neurosurgeon prescribed an oral steroid dose pack to relieve some of my excruciating acute pain until he could schedule surgery.
The steroid pack, which starts with pills at a high dose and tapers down over several days, made the week leading up to my surgery a bit more bearable, even if I still couldn't stand up for more than fifteen minutes without terrible pain. But at least when I was lying down, the penetrating and surging pain through my neck, shoulder, and arm subsided a little while the steroids were in my system. This would not be treatment for chronic pain, but helped slightly lower my acute pain.