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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 575-581

Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome - A Dilemma


1 Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad, India
2 P G Student, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Arunangshu Chakraborty
P G Student, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad
India
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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. Myofaseial Pain Syndrome (NIPS), 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.Till date no exact cause has been held responsible for these painful conditions, therefore treatment of these disorders is always a challenge. The therapies are not precise but multimodal including pharmacological and alternative ap­proaches. This article describes the existing knowledge pertaining to these conditions in regard of causative factors diagnosis and management.


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