We all feel pain. It is an unavoidable and even a necessary part of life. It is a defense mechanism that helps to prevent us from hurting ourselves physically. Without it, there is a good chance that we would cause ourselves severe physical harm and not even react to it.
Myofascial pain syndrome, however, causes pain even when not necessary. Patients will have trigger points that can lead to a variety of symptoms when activated.
Myofascial pain can also cause pain in unrelated parts of the body and is even associated with some psychological symptoms. It can be very difficult to cope with depending on the severity of the condition.
Symptom #1: Referred Pain
If you hit your finger, then you will usually feel pain in that finger. This alerts us to the fact that something is wrong and helps prevent us from hurting ourselves more. In some cases, though, a problem in one part of the body might cause pain in another part of the body.
A common symptom of myofascial pain syndrome is referred pain. This refers to a phenomenon where pain is not always felt in the area of the body that is experiencing a problem, but it felt elsewhere instead. It is quite common in problems with certain organs that can cause pain to be felt in the back, away from the organ itself.