What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JoninKansas, Oct 5, 2002.

  1. JoninKansas

    JoninKansas New Member

    I need help with information, Please. All of my other doctors said that I had Fibromyalgia with 16 out of 18 trigger points. Yesterday I had an appt. with a Rheumatoid/Fibromyalgia specialist. He was quite through with the exam, took down all the information that I gave him and then said I don't have fibromyalgia but Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Chronic fatigue and insomia and depression. For a year now I have been treated for Fibromyalgia. He did say that Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a part of fibromyalgia but with different symtoms and a completely different treatment.
    Please for those who have Myofascial Pain Syndrome please explain to me what this is and the difference between the two.

    Joni
  2. JoninKansas

    JoninKansas New Member

    I need help with information, Please. All of my other doctors said that I had Fibromyalgia with 16 out of 18 trigger points. Yesterday I had an appt. with a Rheumatoid/Fibromyalgia specialist. He was quite through with the exam, took down all the information that I gave him and then said I don't have fibromyalgia but Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Chronic fatigue and insomia and depression. For a year now I have been treated for Fibromyalgia. He did say that Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a part of fibromyalgia but with different symtoms and a completely different treatment.
    Please for those who have Myofascial Pain Syndrome please explain to me what this is and the difference between the two.

    Joni
  3. blondieangel

    blondieangel New Member

    Go to: www.sover.net/~devstar/

    It'll explain all about it! I have all 3

    Good luck!

  4. mrsmcgoo

    mrsmcgoo New Member

    Devin has some of the best, easy to read info out there!
  5. Cactuslil

    Cactuslil New Member

    Been absent for a few weeks but have been a regular on this forum for three years last month.

    After much ado, denial, kicking and screaming I finally accepted the diag. of FMS/MPS about three years ago. Many mistakes were made and those mistakes clouded the diagnostic efforts docs were making; and even now I sometimes enter that "maybe they were wrong" thing then shortly after something happens and I know the rheumi and neuro were correct!

    I re-read the Deven book and a few others in response to your question and it is amazing how quickly we forget!!

    To answer your question (and the web has much info that you should look over) FMS more directly affects the boney system and the MFS the matter that holds our being together. How far MPS can go is one thing I am going through right now.

    Three years ago after an MRI my neuro said I had spinal stenosis of the LS but limited nerve entrapment and went on to explain that the collagen surrounding the nerves can become "gel-like" or even harden and that traps the nerve, any nerve in the way and causes pain as if the spine/nerve itself has a problem.

    About a year and a half ago, before my final hearing w/SSA, six years in the making, another MRI was done. It showed intermittant stenosis and random nerve entrapment from the cervical to the LS. Now, let me tell you this hurts...atleast it hurt me! I started w/Ultram three years ago and progressed through 5/500, 7.5/500 and now 10/500 hydrocodone. It holds the pain at abeyance; if it runs out, such as if I sleep late, the pain is excruciating and with the FMS I can hardly get upright to reach my medication! Since that night (last week) my meds are closer to me in the event that should happen again. The pain sensation was like being hit with a pinched nerve!

    The dental procedure I had really put me in a flare to boot and as a result I will be seeing my doc this week to find out what we are going to do about that situation!

    Good look. CactusLil'
  6. JoninKansas

    JoninKansas New Member

    I get so confused here lately. The doctor did say I had Chronic fatigue syndrome and Depression along with Myofascial Pain Syndrome. He explained it to me that MFS is Like a slice of pie from fibromyalgia. I do have some symtoms of fibromyalgia but not a full blown case. He prescribed 2 50mg. of Zoloft, 350mg of Soma, Ultam, and Neurontin 100mg starting with 1 a night for a week, then 2 a night then 3 a night the 3rd week. My legs hurt so bad at night. I had polio when I was a child, I've always had leg pain but after I had a full day of running and jumping with the kids. My pain now is different with stabbing pain and muscle cramps to the point I fall. I filed for Soc. Sec. in Jan. 2002 and was denied in June 2002, I appealed and now waiting for the second decision. I don't know how this will work because my other doctors stated that I had fibromyalgia and now this new Rheu/FMS doctor says its MPS.
    Any advise.

    Joni