Many patients are labeled with fibromyalgia simply because
they have chronic soft tissue pain. But
it is important, at least for the sake of correctness, that not all chronic
soft tissue pain be called fibromyalgia.
In fact, localized or regional pain is often due to
myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), a rather common condition which affects certain
muscle areas. MPS is often present in
fibromyalgia patient, but not all MPS patients also suffer from fibromyalgia.
MPS generally involves pain in the neck, shoulders, hips,
back, jaw and head. This pain is often
accompanied by stiffness or tightness.
It is important that the doctor listen to the patient to learn where the
pain is most intense. And because MPS is
not diagnosed with a lab test or x-ray, it is important that the doctor
carefully examine the patient.
Trauma is a common cause of MPS, in the form of muscle strain
or ligament and tendon sprain; or as a result of chronic trauma due t...
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One of t...
In late 2005, the National Fibromyalgia Association in conjunction with several well-known fibromyalgia researchers conducted the first FM epidemiological study to be done since the 1980s. The findings from that study were published on BioMed Central in March 2007. Up until that point, information about the fibromyalgia patient population was mostly gathered from anecdotal evidence. An epidemiological study looks at the incidence, distribution, and control of a particular disease in a population. This particular study sought to compile demographics and other significant data about the fibromyalgia patient population. Below is the abstract for “ An Internet Survey of 2,596 People With Fibromyalgia .” Abstract Background: This study explored the feasibility of using an Internet survey of people with fibromyalgia (FM), with a view to providing information on demographics, sources of information, symptoms, functionality, perceived a...
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