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...
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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