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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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