A description of myofascial pain symptoms and the common misconception when trying to find a diagnosis.
Waking up with excruciating pain in the heel of my left foot was a life altering experience. I thought sure it would only last a few days, but was I ever wrong. After trying several home remedies, (ice,heat,massage,and best of all those smelly analgesic pain rubs), and all was in vein. Months came and went and I was getting no relief, called my doctor and got a prescription of sterroids for the treatment of tendonitis but nothing was working. This was really all that I needed, to go with the unexplained chronic pain I had already been dealing with since my early 20’s. You know, at first you just take your pain meds. and go off of the belief that everything will work itself out but after 20+ years of low back and hip pain on my left side and now the heel of my left foot. This was the Pitts! It felt as though I were walking barefoot on rocks. Especially in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. If you are experiencing myofascial pain you know exactly what I’m speaking of. Fortunately, I work with some great physical therapist who took time to tell me about this pain syndrome and things I could try at home. Some worked, Some didn’t! However, any relief was better than none. I also learned that myofascial pain is often mistaken for Fybromialgia. However mialgia pain affects both sides of the body and fascia pain doesn’t. If your pain is contained to one side of the body than I would be willing to say that you probably don’t have fybromialgia; but always consult your doctor before starting or stopping a treatment. However it didn’t take me long to learn that my hip, low back. neck and heel pain(all on my left side) are related to the fascia system. Finally, I could at least put a name to it. and I had some pretty good leads on some home remedies that I would like to share with you. First of all invest in some heel supports for your shoes. Next do leg stretches before getting out of bed each morning, pointing toes towards you,(hold for(10-20 seconds)then point away from you and hold again. Repeat at least 10 times. Next take a bottle of water, (after emptying a small amount) place in freezer. Place frozen bottle under affected foot and roll it back and forth. This not only stretches out the tendons and hopefuly works the kinks out of the fascia, but the ice helps with the inflammation. You can also use a tennis ball. Remember the more body weight you can bare on that bottle or ball, the more benefit you will get from it. As with anything; start off slow and increase a little with each session. And for larger areas to be treated, such as hjp,back,or shoulder you can pick up a simple foam roller or a nolla roller. You will be amazed at the difference a little stretching will make in your comfort level throughout the day. If you must sit for long periods of time remember to stretch your foot out periodically. If you suffer from headaches you should see a decrease in those with your stretching exe. as well. If you find no relief from this than I would encourage you to speak to a chiropractor or a massage therapist about DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE! For more tips you can do some research on Myofascia self release techniques. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!