What Is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a condition where multiple different muscles are affected causing spasm-like pains and tenderness and hardening of the muscle upon light touch.
Symptoms include pseudo-weakness of the muscles, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and even restless leg syndrome.
The cause of myofascial pain syndrome is poorly understood however it is believed to be caused by factors that produce uncontrolled spasms of different muscle groups.
The diagnosis is made by a detailed history and physical and ruling out other causes. His other causes include giant cell arteritis/arthritis.
Imaging studies are useful in ruling out other causes allowing a diagnosis of exclusion.
Fibromyalgia often falls in the differential diagnosis.
Treatment options include physical therapy, proper sleep hygiene, dietary changes, exercise, and in chronic cases localized trigger points to relieve spasms as well as supplemental use of a benzodiazepine or muscle relaxant.
Treatment options for current condition
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Manipulation
- Anti-Inflammatory Medications