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MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Nearly everyone experiences muscle tension pain at some point, but the discomfort caused by myofascial pain syndrome can worsen over time. A type of chronic pain disorder, myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) involves pressure on sensitive points in the muscles, called trigger points, causes pain in muscles in seemingly unrelated parts of the body. MPS affects the fascia, or the connective tissue that covers your muscles. Single muscles or entire muscle groups may be affected.

Do I have Fibromyalgia or Myofascial Pain Syndrome

While both are chronic pain syndromes, these are two distinct disorders, although some people have both conditions at the same time. Some research suggests that people with myofascial pain syndrome may also later develop fibromyalgia, a chronic disease with widespread pain.

You should make an appointment with your doctor if you experience muscle pain that persists despite self-care measures such as rest or massage.

Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome include:

  • Deep muscle aches
  • Persistent, worsening pain
  • Tender knots in the muscles
  • Difficulty sleeping because of pain

TREATMENT FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME

Medication may treat myofascial pain, and non-drug treatments may include:

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