When you are dealing with myofascial pain syndrome, symptoms that you are experiencing are multiple and characteristic of the syndrome, or MPS.
Anytime a medical condition is referred to as a syndrome, whether it be myofascial pain syndrome, Parkinsonian syndrome or Down syndrome, this means that there is the association of features, symptoms and characteristics that frequently occur together. You do not have to have all of them to have the diagnosis.
In this brief article, we are going to look at the features, symptoms and characteristics of myofascial pain syndrome.
Pain Symptoms Characteristic of Myofascial Pain Syndrome
The main symptom of MPS is muscle pain. In MPS, the muscle pain may increase with activity or stress.
The pain characteristics may be:
- Deep, aching muscular pain
- Persistent or worsening pain
- Muscle stiffness
- Joint stiffness near the affected muscle
What makes the muscle pain characteristic in myofascial pain syndrome is the presence of trigger points. Trigger points are small lumps within the myofascial that will generate pain and discomfort.
With myofascial trigger points, you can feel pain when the area is touched and pressure is applied. You can also feel pain in another area of your body, yet it is cause by the same trigger point.
When your physician is looking for the presence of trigger points, he will be able to find four types:
Active trigger points: this is an area of extreme muscle tenderness in the local area.
Latent trigger points: This is an area that is not active now but has the potential to be active.
Secondary trigger points: Located in the muscle, this is a highly irritable spot that has the potential to become active due to a trigger point and muscle overload in a different muscle.
Satellite myofascial point: This is another highly irritable spot that becomes active because the muscle it is in is located in the zone of another trigger point.
Other Characteristic Symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome
In addition to muscle pain and the presence of trigger points, there are other characteristic symptoms that can help to diagnose MPS. These include:
- Behavioral disturbances
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain
Everyone Is Different
One of the most natural things to do is to compare your symptoms with your friends. While we are alike in many ways, we are all unique. What may show as symptoms in one person may not ever be felt by another.
While you may have some symptoms that are characteristic of myofascial pain syndrome, if you don’t have them all, that does not mean you don’t have myofascial pain syndrome.
If you have muscle pain that doesn’t go away, make an appointment to see your health care provider.
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