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Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness, headaches, fatigue, memory problems, anxiety and depression. A variety of measures can be implemented to help control these symptoms. This includes medications such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, acetaminophen and NSAIDs. Physical therapy and exercise can alleviate symptoms and improve function. Cognitive behavioral therapy can teach behavioral modification and coping mechanisms to help manage symptoms. 

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that involves deep aching muscle pain that frequently occurs in a muscle that has been contracted repeatedly. It can persist or worsen with time. Examination may show a tender taut muscle region called a trigger point. These tender areas can be injected with medications such as local anesthetic and steroid to help alleviate the pain. Physical therapy, massage, heat and ultrasound therapy can provide relief. Medications that can be beneficial includes NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants.

Contact Origins Spine and Joint Physicians today to see how one of our qualified providers can provide you with effective treatment for fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.