Fibromyalgia trigger points are tender points that produce chronic pain for fibromyalgia patients. These fibromyalgia pressure points are scattered
throughout the body, as seen on the picture below.
Many times, before someone is diagnosed properly, the trigger points will flare and create a type of hypersensitivity. Most people can't bear
to be touched in those areas. This type of pain is called "allodynia", where a normal stimulus creates an abnormal response. Even the slighest touch at times causes the pain. Patients also note that if they do any exercise, stretching the muscles where those points are located, will also flare pain.
Areas Of Fibromyalgia Trigger Points
- Occiput. Just at the base of the skull.
- Trapezius. The large muscle across the shoulders.
- Supraspinatus. Area near the top of the scapula or "wing bone".
- Gluteal. Near the end of the lumbar spine, top of the hip bone.
- Greater trochanter. Top of the hip, on the back of the leg.
- Cervical. Just about where the collar bone is.
- 2nd rib. 2-3 inches below the cervical trigger point.
- Lateral epicondyle.Outer edge of elbow, with hand turned outward.
- Knee. Inner edge of the knee.
At the present time, these may represent areas where nerves are "hypersensitive". Although these points seem to be inflammed, research has shown that there is
no actual inflammation present. Fibromyalgia is a PAIN condition, not an inflammatory condition.
Latest Treatments For FibromyalgiaThere is very good medicine for fibromyalgia that may be worth considering if you have not taken anything yet for the condition. Lifestyle also plays a role. Smoking makes ANY pain condition worse, as nicotine makes nerve tissue hyperactive. Since fibro is a hyperactive peripheral nerve condition, smoking just ramps it up so to speak.
When it comes to fibromyalgia trigger points, injections of steroid mixed with a numbing agent such as lidocaine are effective in reducing pain. Medication that is directed to calming nerve tissue such as Cymbalta, Lyrica or amitriptyline, will also be effective. Lortab and other opioids are only temporarily effective in blocking pain. Since the hyperactive condition is still present, once the opioid wears off the pain returns. I do not recommend them to patients as the potential for addiction is too high.
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