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...
I don't want the title to mislead you. There's no foolproof way to prevent all pain when you have fibromyalgia. But understanding how the FM pain cycle works can enable you to lessen the pain much of the time and even prevent some pain altogether. The first thing we need to understand is that people with fibromyalgia have a problem processing pain correctly. Normally, pain is supposed to be an alert to tell you something is wrong that needs to be tended to. If you cut yourself, the pain tells you to stop the bleeding and apply an antispetic. Once the wound is treated and begins to heal, the pain lessens and soon goes away altogether – unless you have fibromyalgia. Understanding the Pain Cycle With fibromyalgia, instead of gradually easing the pain, the central nervous system essentially turns up the volume. What should be a mild, localized, short-term pain becomes a stronger, widespread, long-term pain. ...
Last week the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) released the inaugural issue of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE ™, a bi-monthly digital magazine for, by and about fibromyalgia and related chronic pain communities. “As a nonprofit organization, the NFMCPA strives to support patients, families, and friends in their search to find useful information and methods for improving their condition and coping with the difficulties associated with fibromyalgia and overlapping illnesses,” said Jan Favero Chambers, the magazine's publisher and editor-in-chief as well as the president and founder of the NFMCPA. “ Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE is a demonstration of our commitment to provide a collective resource to make our voices and stories heard, as well as a key vehicle for bringing new and important information to the fibromyalgia and chronic pain patient and medical communities.” What You'll Find in the First Issue This first issu...
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