What Does Myofascial Pain Feel Like?


Does myofascial pain go away?

Most people have muscle pain from time to time. But chronic myofascial pain is a kind of ongoing or longer-lasting pain that can affect the connective tissue (fascia) of a muscle or group of muscles. Myofascial pain often goes away with treatment.

What does myofascial pain mean?

Myofascial pain refers to pain caused by muscular irritation. The large upper back muscles are prone to developing myofascial pain that radiates from sensitive points, called trigger points throughout muscle tissue. Muscular irritation and upper back pain is due to muscle weakness and repetitive motions.

What is the best treatment for myofascial pain?

Medications used for myofascial pain syndrome include:

  • Pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help some people.
  • Antidepressants. Many types of antidepressants can help relieve pain.
  • Sedatives.

How is myofascial pain syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis. Your doctor will perform a physical exam to look for myofascial trigger points. Your doctor will look for tender nodules in the taut bands of your muscles and press them to find a pain response. When pressing a trigger point, your doctor will feel for a twitch in the muscle (also called a “jump sign”).