Although Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Muscle Pain are
often diagnosed together, they are in fact different disorders
and the treatment regiments can vary from case to case.
Because the symptoms are similar they are often mistaken
for the same condition, and many people who suffer from
both disorders have only been diagnosed with one.
|Its sometimes difficult to
tell the two diseases apart. Some symptoms are common to
both while others are not, and some speculate that emotion
disorders are the root cause of these diseases. Experts
don't know why some patients develop trigger points and
others do not, and not everyone who develops Myofascial
Pain Syndrome will develop Fibromyalgia. The chart below
details some of the common and uncommon symptomology of
fibromyalgia vs. myofascial pain syndrome.
Treatments for both Fibromylagia and Myofasicial Pain Syndrome include acupuncture, physical therapy, natural herbal therapy, and prescription medication such as Tricyclic anti-depressants. For Myofascial Pain Syndrome in particular trigger point injections with pain relieving medication can help, such as NSAIDs like Aleve or ibuprofen based Advil / Motrin. Click here for more information on how to Treat Fibromyalgia Lawrence
Chinese Medicine has shown great success with treating both diseases using natural herbal therapy based upon the patient's diagnosis, with the goal being to return the patient's body to a balanced and harmonized state. Natural practitioners such as Chinese herbalists place primary emphasis not on the individual symptoms, but on the overall constitutional diagnosis of the patient.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by fatigue, aching, pain, and stiffness in the soft tissues (including the muscles, ligaments, and tendons). The first biomedical mention of this disease was in 1975 by Smythe and Modofsky. They mentioned two groups of symptoms 1) tender/trigger points throughout the body and 2) sleep disturbance due to pain. Approximately 2-3% of U.S. citizens suffer from fibromyalgia, a number that is surprisingly high. Approximately 70%-90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women aged 20-40, or over 40 and overweight.
The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown in western medicine, but Chinese medicine offers some answers. Chinese medicine, which includes practitioners of acupuncture and those who prescribe Chinese herbs, describes the mechanism of fibromyalgia as being a blockage of the superficial defensive 'wei qi' in the tendino-muscular channels. Treatment methods in Chinese medicine include massage, tuina, bodywork, cupping, and superficial needling - which are all highly effective in treating fibromyalgia and managing chronic pain. Although fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome are different diseases in Western medicine, in Eastern medicine they will often have similar treatment plans unless the differential diagnosis changes.
In Chinese medicine not all patients with the same disease are treated identically, and Chinese medicine describes several key differentiations for fibromyalgia. These include damp retention due to poor digestion and deficiency in the Stomach and Spleen, Qi deficiency of the Lung, Spleen, and Kidney, and Yin deficiency of the Heart, Liver, and Kidney. Each patient is given a complete Chinese medical diagnosis and a treatment plan is selected according to the primary pattern of disharmony that is presented by the patient.
"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."
- Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
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