If you live with fibromyalgia, you probably feel chronic muscle pain.
Although this is just one of many symptoms within fibromyalgia, it can be very unpleasant.
This pain can occur due to the trigger points, located in the muscles, and the connective tissue.
The chronic muscle pain of fibromyalgia can affect any part of the body, from around the shoulders, back and arms, to the lower part of the body, including the buttocks, the lower back and legs.
The inability to perform simple tasks is mostly because the pain radiates from the trigger points, also known as chronic myofascial pain, in fibromyalgia.
Another problem with chronic muscle pain is the weakness that can, and usually accompanies pain.
This is the result of the “inactive” trigger points that do not cause pain at the moment, but that cause weakness in the muscle where they are located.
The “weakness” is the result of any of these hidden trigger points, as a result of a lack of “activation” within the muscle.
It is very difficult to work or activate the muscles in the body that have active or inactive trigger points.
If you go to physical therapy, and the movements seem to cause more pain, this could be due to active trigger points.
The goal is to be able to distinguish which trigger points may be causing chronic muscle pain, and the resulting weakness.
It may be necessary to find a physiotherapist, or kinesiologist, trained in trigger point therapy, to help release these areas, while working to lower overall levels of pain, and create more body awareness.
Many people with fibromyalgia try to avoid activities of daily living that involve more effort.
The problem is that when we avoid the use of our major and minor muscle groups, they begin to weaken.
Many fibromyalgia sufferers leave behind apparently simple activities or tasks, which lead to an increase in pain around the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.
So, how does chronic muscle pain feel?
Although it can vary from person to person, in chronic fibromyalgia muscle pain is present, it may not affect only the muscle, but the surrounding areas of tissues, tendons and joints.
People with fibromyalgia say that pain “feels” it in the bone, not always in the muscle.
When the areas around the upper or lower part of the body “burn”, this may be musculoskeletal pain and, it is the worst.
It can then be difficult to distinguish exactly where the pain is coming from, but you can bet that weakness and pain in the muscle affects your surroundings.
Burning burning, and irradiated between the muscles and joints, tendons and ligaments.
The muscles feel like painful “knots”.
Sometimes the pain of a nerve or muscle is radiated, and it can be felt that the bone hurts, and the area of the joint.
For example, the bone, in the upper arm (the humerus), is a place where trigger points can radiate from the neck, shoulder, and collarbone area.
Do you ever stretch to reach the kitchen cabinet, and when you do, you notice a shot from nothing around your “humerus” on your upper arm?
Yes, and it’s not funny at all …
No, it’s not funny, since it leaves us wondering what’s going on?
Why does this happen?
Well, that is the combination of trigger points, and myofascial pain, related to fibromyalgia, can occur in any part of the body, but especially the most delicate parts, related to “sensitive areas”.
How is it that chronic muscle pain has become so active?
Did you know that about 45% of our body weight is muscle?
For example, the person who lives with fibromyalgia:
If your treating doctor does nothing but prescribe muscle relaxants, it becomes very difficult to deal with myofascial pain, and active trigger points, or “at rest”.
And, unlike muscle pain from exercising, or forcing a muscle in strength training; our muscle pain is ongoing and, therefore, it is chronic.
It is not related to an accident or injury.
The muscle hurts due to excessive use, repetition, multiple points of activation, oppression and lack of regeneration of the body (non-restorative sleep).
It is important that we learn to treat our pain in the most effective ways possible.
We may not be able to get rid of all the pain and symptoms, but if we want to have more good days than bad days, despite living with fibromyalgia, and all its complexity, we have to be more active.
It is bad enough for a healthy person to let muscle atrophy weaken him, but for a person with fibro, this can lead to a worse weakening, and a greater predisposition to loss of independence.
If you are newly diagnosed or living with fibromyalgia for a long time, like many of us, it is important to focus on the solutions, to achieve a better quality of life.