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Definition Swollen gums are abnormally enlarged, bulging, or protruding. Alternative Names Swollen gums; Gingival swelling Considerations Gum swelling is quite common and may involve one or many of the triangular-shaped bits of gum between nearby teeth. These sections are called papillae. Occasionally, the gums swell significantly, blocking the teeth completely. Common Causes Gingivitis Infection by a virus or fungus Malnutrition Poorly fitting dentures Pregnancy Sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash Scurvy Side effect of a drug such as Dilantin or phenobarbital
When people talk about fibromyalgia, they sometimes use the terms tender points and trigger points interchangeably. In actuality, they have quite different meanings. All accurately diagnosed FM patients have tender points; some may also have trigger points. Tender Points Tender points are used to help diagnosis fibromyalgia. They are extremely sensitive spots on the body that elicit pain when four kilograms (or about 10 lbs.) of pressure are applied. There are 18 specific tender points located at nine bilateral locations. Tender points occur on both the right and left sides of the body at these nine locations: Occiput: bilateral, at the suboccipital muscle insertions. (Where the neck muscles attach at the base of the skull) Low cervical: bilateral, at the anterior aspects of the intertransverse spaces at C5-C7. (Front lower neck) Trapezius: bilateral, at the midpoint of the upper border. (Midway between the neck and shoulder) Supraspinatus: bilateral, at origins, above t...
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