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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredMyofascial pain syndrome is a general name for any medical condition that features sensitive or tender areas in the muscles. Fibromyalgia is one form of myofascial pain syndrome. A person with fibromyalgia has a unique pattern of sensitive areas, which are known as tender points. These tender points tend to be matched in pairs on the left and right sides of the body, and occur above and below the waist.
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
This question is music to my ears, and I cannot wait to answer it. Because this is such a good question and a source of my advocacy projects, I could not do it justice with few words. I have made a blog from this question and I hope you will take time to read it, it could change the way you look at your fibromyalgia and some of the comorbid conditions.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a central nervous system state of sensitization, whereas chronic myofascial pain is a peripheral neuromuscular problem, but it seems the two have a greater connection than suspected. Up to 90% of fibromyalgia patient have myofascial pain syndrome (AKA chronic myofascial pain) as a comorbid condition. MPS/CMP is not specific to FM, just ask the sports medicine specialist. However, not all patients with MPS/CMP develop the centralization of pain as seen in FM. Cont’d
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press and are not meant to replace medical advice. www.thesethree.com
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