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What is the difference between myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia?

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

Myofascial pain syndrome should not be confused with fibromyalgia, which has similar symptoms. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body — not just in particular areas — and does not include trigger points. For more information, see the Made for This Moment fibromyalgia page.

A person can have both fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. That makes it especially important to consult with a medical specialist who can diagnose the difference and apply the proper treatments for each condition.

This information is not intended to provide medical advice or to replace the advice of a licensed physician. Portions of this information, however, may be used to provide material to your physician for review.


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