Muscle Conditions

Muscle Conditions

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain

Fibromyalgia

Overview

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by generalized musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue and sleep problems, memory and mood. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies pain sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals.

 

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Generalized pain The pain associated with fibromyalgia is often described as a mild, annoying and constant pain that lasts at least three months. To be considered widespread, pain must occur on both sides of the body, and above and below the waist.
  • Fatigue. People who suffer from fibromyalgia often wake up tired, although they report that they sleep a lot.
  • Frequently, sleep is interrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties A symptom commonly called “Fibro-fog” hinders the ability to focus, attention and mental concentration.

Myofascial pain

Overview

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition affecting the musculoskeletal system.

Most people experience muscle pain at some time that typically resolves on its own after a few weeks. But for some people, muscle pain persists.

 

Symptoms

Common symptoms of MPS include:

  • deep pain in localized areas of muscles
  • pain that gets worse when the affected muscle is stretched or strained
  • muscle pain that gets worse or fails to improve with time
  • presence of painful knots in muscles that when pressed produce intense localized or referred pain
  • muscles that are weak, stiff, inflexible, or have reduced range of motion
  • mood or sleep disturbances

 

Treatment

Myofascial pain syndrome requires a multipronged treatment plan. Many people combine medications with other therapies that relieve muscle stiffness and pain.