diagnosed with MPS does that mean I have FMS?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by catwoman224, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. catwoman224

    catwoman224 New Member

    Hi Friends,

    I am only 29 and I do feel kinds relieved now that I know what I have after MRIs and all teh other tests in the world. I went to a TMJ specialist and she said I have MPS. I was just wondering does that mean I have FMS and what can I do to help my symptoms. Would love the support.

  2. Clay2

    Clay2 New Member

    I also have CFS, but not FMS. My trigger points are in the pelvis and I'm working with a physical therapist (PT). I also have some TMJ.

    MPS is a localized problem with specific muscles causing specific pain. FMS is a systemic problem.

    I found this on a site called clearpassage:

    Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)

    Millions of Americans have musculoskeletal pain. An estimated 10 million Americans (5% of the US population) suffer from either myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) or fibromyalgia (FM). While they have much in common, these are now recognized to be two distinct syndromes. MPS is a localized disorder, and FM is a systemic disorder.

    Because patients with these two distinct disorders have similar symptoms, it is easy for both patients and physicians to be confused about the correct diagnosis. Although there are clear-cut differences between the classic manifestations of the two syndromes, many patients have symptoms that appear to have features of both. Some diagnostic tests do not show abnormalities in either condition. Both MPS and FM are considered diagnoses of exclusion. This means that you must exclude the possibility that the patient’s symptoms are due to some other disorder before you can conclude that the proper diagnosis is MPS or FM.

    Janet Travell, M.D., was the pioneering researcher in the field of MPS. She describes this syndrome as "a regional muscle pain disorder that is characterized by tender spots in taut bands of muscle that refer pain to areas overlying or distant to the tenderness." Some patients develop MPS following trauma, although they may not be aware of the connection since the trauma can precede the onset of pain by weeks or even months.

    Besides trauma, other potential causes or perpetuating factors for MPS include muscle strain and frequent exposure to cold, overwork, and fatigue. Some mechanical problems with the structure of the body are also thought to be possible causes of MPS. These may include a short leg, an asymmetrical pelvis, a long second toe in the foot, and dental abnormalities. Other factors that are thought to lead to MPS are overly tight bra straps, as well as compression of the hamstring muscles on the back of the thigh by the edge of a seat. The typical sitting posture of today’s office worker at a desk or computer terminal, forward head posture and slumped posture, has also been linked with the increased prevalence of MPS in recent years.


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