Chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome (MFS) are often confused, and sometimes painted by uniformed practitioners with the same broad brush. Consequently, some patients with MFS may be misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, and vice versa. However, while the two syndromes share pain as a common denominator, the origins of pain differ, as does the treatment.
One primary difference between the two conditions is that treatment for MFS can completely resolve the issue, while fibromyalgia treatment may alleviate pain but will not eliminate the condition altogether. In some cases, the two conditions may coexist in the same patient.
One way to understand the difference between fibromyalgia and MFS is to look at the distinguishing characteristics of each:
If you are suffering from generalized chronic pain, an accurate diagnosis is essential to finding the best treatment. The pain management specialists at NYDNRehab use the most advanced technologies and cutting edge approaches to diagnosis and treatment of FMS, fibromyalgia and other pain disorders. You don’t have to resign yourself to a lifetime of pain and medication. Contact NYDNRehab today, and take the first steps toward treatment so you can enjoy your life to its fullest.
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