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 the day of my surgery.
Oral steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications, usually taken in the form of pills. They are typically prescribed for a short duration because of the potentially serious adverse side effects with long-term use.
The steroid pack, which starts at a high dose and the dose tapers down over several days, made the week leading up to my surgery a bit more bearable. 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 somewhat while the steroids were in my system.
Although oral steroids are not a recommended treatment for chronic pain, the packs helped to slightly lower my acute pain.