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    chronic myofascial pain, trouble getting stronger
    marieh9 posted:
    I have chronic myofascial pain syndrome. My pain was from my dog yanking me forward (she was tied to my belt loop, duh) two years ago. I have had 5 doctors neurologist, pain medicine doctor, orthopedic surgeon, GP, and integrative medicine (pain specialist) say I have myofascial pain in my left lower back.MRI, hip xrays and bone scan all normal. I have been two four physical therapists. I had sucess on my first injury after 7 months and a cortisone injection I finally got out of pain for a year and a half. The next recurrance was due to a twist in yoga and the pain in the same area came back. I went to a physical therapist (PT) and did well and got out of pain in 6 weeks but was not told to not bend and I did and reinjured. I was down about it and family problems and went to another PT. This PT really injured me and I had another MRI still normal. I got on pain meds and muscles relaxers and was told to not move around too much. So I sat for a month. I was really weak and started walking. I went to another PT and was doing ok but he worked me too fast and I pulled a muscle. Then he tried to do traction to loosen my hip flexors (I think) and it really hurt and he also bruised my ribs. I quit and then I got another big injury at home. I was getting ready to stretch and the got distracted by my husband and I was on my back with knees bend and I let my left leg fall out to the left. I felt a tear though I don't know if there was one. After that injury I couldn't hardly lift my left foot to walk and couldn't get outside or squat in the shower to wash my privy parts, and I still can't cross my left leg over my right properly or well enough to get my left sock off or pull my pants up. Hip Xray was normal. Since then I have stayed away from PT's and have done stretches on my own and walk now 1 hour a day and do 1 medium hill. I was getting set back about every 2-3 weeks by a slight strain until finally these ceased for two months and now I'm getting them again from small things like stretching my leg in my sleep, or lifting a bowl of soup overhead into the microwave etc. I still can bend and am getting accupunture and biofeedback etc. I am back on flexeril but I sitll have pain. Now that you have my history, I need obviously to get back in shape without hurting myself. Any suggestions since I am still sitting too much and can't lift anything but I do wash dishes and try to do small things. I need help to get back in shape.
    marieh9 responded:
    I wanted to ask given my profile up above, it had been a year and a half and I was told not to try and cross my leg on the bad side until my pain went down. My doctor now said to try it. I did and it is still very hard to cross that leg. I sit and cross the left leg over the right knee (so I can try to put shoes on etc.) and that leg doesn't cross like the other. It can't lay to the left side and the buttock muscle is very tight. It is basicaly frozen. If I keep trying will it loosen up? I had the hip Xray after the leg fell out to the left as mentioned above and it was normal. Could this all be scar tissue or what is the problem? I do get some increased pain about an hour after I cross the leg ( in the buttock where my other injury is) but it goes away by the next day. Any suggestions?

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