Anyone out there know anything about myofascial pain? My new rheume has dx me with it. My understanding is that i have a majority of the tender points, not all so i dont have fibromyalgia. As of now she says to get back into exercising. But my physical therapist is saying not to over do the exercising. I guess then my question is this, if you have been dx with myofascial pain, how are you treating it?
The fascia are the coverings of bundles of muscle fibers. The more bundles of muscle fibers that are grouped together, they are also covered in more fascia. Think of them as old fashioned telephone wires that were covered in brightly colored plastic coatings then small bundles of these wires were grouped together & tied only to be grouped together with even more bundles! That's similar to the way muscle fibers are found in just one muscle; such as the biceps. Or any other groups of muscles.
These fascia can become affected by contracting just like our muscles do. I don't know exactly how chronic myofascial pain is caused though. I hope I was at least helpful in clearing up the anatomy for you.
Though, sadly I'm not much use for anything else.
Hi Nor: Christine Anderson's answer was spot on. The bundles of muscle fibers can form what is called a trigger point that can be very painful. These trigger points refer pain to other places in your body. For inxtance, a trigger point in your scapula or back can refer pain that feels like your bones are hurting. You need to learn to work the trigger point out so it becomes more smooth. A licensed therapeutic massage therapist can help a lot with this.You can look for a book called Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain written by Devin J. Starlanyl M.D. & Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.Copyright 1996. Dr. Starlanyl has both Fibro & Myofascial Pain. She did much research & this book is a good reference book. Also a Dr. Travell. I can't find the book, but she discovered Myofascial pain & was a pioneer in early research. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions or just talk. I have both & have a lot of experience coping. Bless you Hugs!
@A myRAteam Member yes it is horrible pain. Along with my DDD, forminal stenosis, arthritis, and severe lumbar spondyolosis. Just adds it up to a great pain pakage for me. Thanks to my pain Dr and my medixation he makes it liveable. God bless ya hon. On top of RA it stinks..will keep you in my prayers. Much love and hugs
try a place like massage envy. you join and the massages cost less than most spas. But ask for someone that knows fibro/ra
I am no means an expert, but I have fibromyalgia, diagnosed last August. I thought you were considered a positive for fibro if you test positive in 11 of the 16 "trigger or sensitive points". You do not have to be sensitive to every one of them?
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