365 Days of Fibromyalgia

April 18, 2014

Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain

These are spots that are Trigger Points of Fibromyalgia and for me it is very sore today. Not really knowing why this came along, it could be anything from how I slept or not sleeping getting enough rest. This pain could’ve came along because I did too much the day before [who knows.]

“The actual size of the point of most tenderness is usually very small, about the size of a penny. These areas are much more sensitive than other nearby areas. In fact, pressure on one of the tender points with a finger will cause pain that makes the person flinch or pull back. Tender points are scattered over the neck, back, chest, elbows, hips, buttocks, and knees.”

Not really much that can be done, but to wait it out. Soak in a warm bath, apply a heating pad, take some pain meds and just relax and try not to over work.

It hurts to the touch and it’s very sore. And that means it hurts even worst wearing a bra and it does not help that the temperature is cold.

“What causes tender points?
The cause of these pressure points is not known. Even though it would seem these areas might be inflamed, researchers have not found particular signs of inflammation when examining the tissue. What is known is that the locations of tender points are not random. They occur in predictable places on the body. That means many people with fibromyalgia experience similar symptoms with tender points.”

Occiput: bilateral, at the suboccipital muscle insertions. (Where the neck muscles attach at the base of the skull)
Low cervical: bilateral, at the anterior aspects of the intertransverse spaces at C5-C7. (Front lower neck)
Trapezius: bilateral, at the midpoint of the upper border. (Midway between the neck and shoulder)
Supraspinatus: bilateral, at origins, above the scapula spine near the medial border. (Muscle over the upper inner shoulder blade)
Second Rib: bilateral, at the second costochondral junctions, just lateral to the junctions on upper surfaces. (Edge of upper breast bone)
Lateral epicondyle: bilateral, 2 cm distal to the epicondyles. (2 cms below side bone at elbow)
Gluteal: bilateral, in upper outer quadrants of buttocks in anterior fold of muscle. (Upper outer buttock)
Greater trochanter: bilateral, posterior to the trochanteric prominence. (Hip bone)
Knee: bilateral, at the medial fat pad proximal to the joint line. (Just above the knee on the inside)

Trigger points refer pain to other areas.
There are always multiple points. There may be a single point or multiple points.
Points occur in specific symmetrical locations. Points may occur in any skeletal muscle.
What will be next? That is a question I wonder everyday. What body part will ache or will it be my whole body.

There is never a dull moment with living with fibromyalgia. If I woke up one day and had no pain at all, I don’t know what I would do.

 

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