Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic kind of muscle pain. The pain that results from myofascial pain syndrome is located around sensitive points in your muscles that are known as trigger points.

These trigger points may be painful to the touch. The pain may then radiate throughout your affected muscle.

Nearly all people have occasional muscle pain at one time or another that goes away in a few days. However, if you have myofascial pain syndrome, you experience pain that gets worse or will not go away. In some cases, the pain may be quite severe.

The pain that is associated with myofascial pain syndrome that results from trigger points has been linked to many different kinds of pain. Some of these are pelvic pain, leg pain, jaw pain, arm pain, low back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Women are more likely than men to develop myofascial pain syndrome, but the reason for this is not clear. Also, myofascial pain syndrome is more common in middle-aged adults than in younger adults. The reason is thought to be that the muscles of younger adults are better able to deal with strain and stress than those of older adults.

Myofascial pain syndrome may be caused by a muscle injury or strain on a tendon, ligament, muscle group or individual muscle. Other possible causes of myofascial pain syndrome are:

  • Repetitive motions
  • A lack of activity from having something like a broken arm or leg
  • An injury to an intervertebral disc
  • Medical conditions like stomach irritation or a heart attack
  • General fatigue.

There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with myofascial pain syndrome. These include:

  • Pain that worsens or persists
  • A problem with sleeping because of pain
  • Deep, aching pain in one of your muscles
  • An area of tension in your muscle that may feel like a tight spot or knot and that may be very sensitive to touch
  • Joint stiffness that is near your affected muscle
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Depression.


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