Can someone please define this for me in layman's terms? Is it just a fancy way of saying I have pulled a muscle or is it something more serious? The doctor didn't really take time to explain it to me.
I will try and simplify it as much as I can. Cervical has two meanings in the body but in your case it is referring to your neck area. Myofascial pain syndrome is the old term for what is now called Myofascial Pain (MP) and Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP). MP can be temporary. CMP is permanent. The Myo= muscles, Fascia pronounced fash-e-ah= a tissue that covers the muscles inside the body and Pain = pain. Don’t get too caught up with the actual translation of the condition. For e.g. myo = muscles. CMP is what MP becomes if it is not treated appropriately. There is no cure for CMP but there are treatments. I have CMP. I am unsure as to which one you have. How long you have had the condition and medications would help me. The main component of MP & CMP are Trigger Points (TrPs). TrPs are nodules of tissue which form in some muscles, ligaments, tendons and the fascia. A trained individual can feel them. These TrPs cause a lot of pain. If the TrPs are treated early on then a good recovery from the condition may occur. The longer one does not receive the appropriate treatment the harder the TrPs can be to treat. You asked is it something more serious. It comes down to receiving the correct treatment early on. It can be a very painful and disabling condition at times, but it is not life threatening.
Take care and feel free to ask any further questions. There is quite a few of us who have this condition on DC.
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