Myofascial Pain Syndrome - Causes

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What are causes and risk factors for myofascial pain syndrome?

The cause of myofascial pain syndrome is unknown. Nevertheless, prior injury, poor sleep patterns, stressful life situations, and depression are common underlying conditions that may play a role in inciting and exacerbating myofascial pain syndrome. It is currently felt that risk factors such as these may lead to a change in the ability of the brain to properly process pain perception (referred to as central pain processing).

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Comment from: nana, 35-44 (Patient) Published: January 30

For the last year I have been suffering from pain around my scapula, rhomboids, pectoral and deltoid muscles or area. The pain is so unbearable sometimes that I wish someone can knock me out. I haven't been able to work in my field since it started a year ago. Sometimes I can't drive or brush my hair. It is debilitating and I'm tired all the time because I can't sleep. Today, I was diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, it won't be cured but I know that with regular massage, physical therapy and medication the symptoms will be controlled. Those were the only things that helped me for the past year.

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Comment from: Knee cap girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I am a registered nurse who goes through monthly knee cap dislocation but makes it back; alone. It takes 5 to 10 minutes of intense pain, 10 on a scale of 0 to 10. Now I am in physical therapy. They say strengthening gluteus will stop the dislocation. We will see. I don't think so. I am game as no surgery for me. If you get a staph infection it is likely to travel to a prosthetic part. I have taken care of too many.

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