MPS vs Fibromyalgia: Diagnosis

In comparison to fibromyalgia, the diagnosis of MPS is much easier with the help of medical tools such as magnetic resonance elastography and tissue biopsy which help reveal abnormalities in muscle tissues. A medical professional can also locate and examine the trigger points by feeling for it and observing your response although referred pain can sometimes complicate the diagnosis of MPS. Whereas in fibromyalgia, there are no medical technology to help with the location of tenderpoints.

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MPS vs Fibromyalgia: Symptoms

MPS and fibromyalgia are often mistaken due to having similar symptoms. However, the two pain conditions also show distinct symptoms which help to differentiate one from the other. See comparison of MPS and fibromyalgia symptoms in the table below:

Myofascial Pain Syndrome


Muscle pain ranging from mild to severe
Headaches and/or migraines
Nonrestorative sleep
Balance problems and/or dizziness
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) & ear pain
Poor memory
Unexplained sweating
Worsening symptoms due to stress, changes/extremes in weather, and physical activity

Peripheral numbness
Popping or clicking joints
Limited range of motion in joints and jaws
Blurry vision
Unexplained Nausea

Panic attacks
Light and noise sensitivity
Occasional confusion & disorientation

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