Many people can also have Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) alongside their Fibromyalgia but not always. This subject has come up a few times in the community lately so I thought I would post about it.
Here's an excerpt from research which helps explain the two conditions;
Pain and fatigue associated to the musculoskeletal system are among the leading causes of patients to visit their physicians and nearly one-third of such patients suffer from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic debilitating disorder characterized by widespread pain with tenderness in specific areas, leading to fatigue, headache and sleep disorder. Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), is also a localized musculoskeletal pain producing condition whose diagnostic and management criteria differ from FMS but still considered by many only a subtype of FMS.
One more condition similar to FMS named myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) was described as early as 18436 but debate over its existence as a separate clinical entity from FMS still continues and many consider it only a subtype of FMS. It is true that the diagnostic criteria, clinical features and perhaps the etiopathogenesis of MPS differ from FMS, so the treatment and prognosis
The common important feature to both conditions is muscle pain along with the taut or rope like bands in the muscles. In MPS, the painful points in the ‘taut bands’ are called “trigger points” (TP). These points are so precise and painful that on their palpation, patient shows a “jump sign” associated with referred pain. The “tender points” within the sore muscle of fibromyalgia are not associated with jump sign or referred pain
Please do read the rest of the article here as it explains the differences between how they are treated.
Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome-A Dilemma
H C Chandola & Arunangshu Chakraborty
I hope this does not confuse people as it is hard to differentiate between symptoms as we may have other conditions but if you are experiencing symptoms which do not follow the usual pattern of Fibro then this may be considered as a cause.
Here's a link to NHS information about MPS that might be helpful;
I hope this is of interest & any questions are welcomed although I cannot promise I know the answer straight away but may be able to find out for you by looking at research etc.