How do I take care of myself?

Living with myofascial pain syndrome is uncomfortable at best, unbearable at worst. Take care of yourself by following your healthcare provider’s treatment plan and using your at-home remedies listed above. Exercise, change your diet, soak in warm water, get massages, etc. You’ll likely have to experiment to figure out what treatments work best to reduce your pain.

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider?

  • Do I have myofascial pain syndrome or fibromyalgia?
  • What medications will help with my myofascial pain syndrome?
  • How did I get myofascial pain syndrome?
  • Am I at risk for other pain conditions?
  • What’s my treatment plan?
  • Should I see a pain management specialist?
  • What can I do to make myself feel better?
  • How soon should I return to see you?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Everyone experiences pain during their lifetime. But when that pain is unbearable or long-lasting, that’s when you need to consult your healthcare provider. Fortunately, most pain —including myofascial pain — can be reduced or eliminated with the right treatment! See your healthcare provider as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/06/2020.

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