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The following is from www.mayoclinic.com:
• Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic form of muscle pain. The pain of myofascial pain syndrome centers around sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points. The trigger points can be painful when touched. And the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle.
• Nearly everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time that generally resolves in a few days. But people with myofascial pain syndrome have muscle pain that persists or worsens. Myofascial pain caused by trigger points has been linked to many types of pain, including headaches, jaw pain,neck pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, and arm and leg pain.
• Treatment for myofascial pain syndrome can bring relief in many cases. Treatment options include physical therapy, trigger point injections or medications.
Signs and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome may include:
• Deep, aching pain in a muscle
• Pain that persists or worsens
• Muscle stiffness
• Joint stiffness near the affected muscle
• Area of tension in your muscle that may feel like a knot or tightspot and may be particularly sensitive to touch
• Difficulty sleeping due to pain
Sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. These sensitive areas are called trigger points. A trigger point in a muscle can cause strain and pain throughout the muscle. When this pain persists and worsens, doctors call it myofascial pain syndrome.
Myofascial pain syndrome is caused by trigger points in your muscles. Factors that may increase your risk of muscle trigger points include:
• Muscle injury. Stress on your muscles can cause trigger points to form. For example, an injury in your muscle may cause trigger points. Repetitive stress also may increase your risk.
• Inactivity. If you've been unable to use a muscle, such as after surgery or after a stroke, you may experience trigger points in your muscle as you start to move it during your recovery.
• Stress and anxiety. People who frequently experience stress and anxiety may be more likely to develop trigger points in their muscles. One theory holds that these people may be more likely to clench their muscles, a form of repeated strain that leaves muscles susceptible to trigger points.
• Age. Myofascial pain syndrome is more likely in middle-aged adults. It's thought that younger people's muscles better cope with stress and strain, so they aren't as likely to experience myofascial pain syndrome.
• Sex. Women are more likely than men to experience myofascial pain syndrome. It isn't clear why.
Myofascial pain syndrome can lead to other complications over time. Complications may include:
• Muscle weakness. Myofascial pain syndrome may lead to muscle weakness over time due to inactivity. Though trigger points generally don't hurt your muscles, the pain you feel may make you reluctant to use your affected muscle. This can lead to muscle weakness.
• Sleep problems. Signs and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome may make it difficult to sleep at night. You may have trouble finding a comfortable sleep position. And if you move at night, you might hit a trigger point and wake up. Talk to your doctor about medications that can help you sleep at night.
• Fibromyalgia. Some research suggests that myofascial pain syndrome may develop into fibromyalgia in some people. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain. It's believed that the brains of people with fibromyalgia become more sensitive to pain signals over time. Some doctors believe myofascial pain syndrome may play a role in starting this process.