Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Chronic muscle pain caused by myofascial pain syndrome can be both relentless and debilitating.
The causes of myofascial pain syndrome center around points in your muscles called trigger points. The trigger points can be painful when touched, and the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle. Most people experience muscle pain that generally goes away in a few days. People with myofascial pain syndrome have muscle pain symptoms that persist or worsen. The syndrome has been linked to many types of pain, including headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, and arm and leg pain.
Signs and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome include:
- Deep aching pain in a muscle
- Pain that persists or worsens
- Muscle stiffness
- Joint stiffness near the affected muscle
- Area of tension in your muscle that may feel like a knot or tight spot and may be particularly sensitive to touch
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain