This chronic disorder affects muscle trigger points, causing pain in various parts of the body. Pain can seem unrelated and/or intermittent. Fibromyalgia is a type of myofascial pain. Learn more about what causes this condition and when to see a specialist.
Causes & Triggers
- Muscle tension
- Overuse injuries
- Repetitive motion
- Stress or anxiety
Signs & Symptoms
- Muscle knots
- Poor sleep
- Tender spots
Tips & Treatment
- Symptoms may be relieved with lifestyle changes, such as improving diet, reducing stress and increasing exercise.
- Certain medications, including antidepressants, sedatives and pain relievers, may provide relief from symptoms.
- Treatment may involve physical therapy, massage, heat, ultrasound and/or stretching exercises.
- Some people benefit from alternative therapies, such as acupuncture.