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Dealing with fibrositis

Fibrositis is inflammation of the small tough and muscular nodules found between the shoulder blades. When these muscles are excessively stressed and tensed, tiny buds of tissue will protrude through weak areas in the membranuous capsule of the muscles and become pinched and short of blood.

The nodules cause pain and can compress the nerves and result to severe pain in the arm or neuralgia. The condition usually affects the muscular area of the lower back, neck, shoulder, chest, arms, thighs and the hips. Adults with ages 30-60 are susceptible to this condition and affects women more than men.

Symptoms of fibrositis

  • Fatigue
    fibrositis

    The condition usually affects the muscular area of the lower back, neck, shoulder, chest, arms, thighs and the hips.

  • Weakness and stiffness of the affected area.
  • Difficulty remaining asleep
  • Formation of nodules which are tender when touched or called trigger points
  • “Charley horse” which are painful spasms of muscles caused by any activity.
  • Painful muscle areas of the body

Causes

  • Stress
  • Muscle injuries
  • Exposure to cold or dampness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue or overworked
  • Viral infections
  • Poor nutrition
  • Polyarthritis which is inflammation of the joints

Treatment

  • Apply heat on the affected area in the form of a heating pad or a shower bottle to lessen the pain and the stiffness. Another alternative is taking a hot shower to make the joints and muscles become warm.
  • Gently massage the painful areas of the muscles. If it causes pain stop the massage to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
  • Cortisone injection is used for muscles that cause pain.
  • Take plenty of rest. Avoid performing activities that causes pain. Relax the muscles and joints to prevent stiffness and lessen the pain.
  • Take the recommended over-the-counter pain medication specifically acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce the pain and the inflammation. Mild anti-depressant medication to relax the joints and the muscles.
  • Using biofeeback to relax muscles and lessen the stiffness and the pain in those affected muscles. Biofeedback is a technique that improves the health by controlling bodily process that happens involuntary such as muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature of the skin.
  • Seek the help of the physical therapist for some conditioning and stretching exercises that will lessen the pain and fast healing of the condition.
  • Perform some relaxation techniques and meditation to lessen unnecessary stress.
  • Avoid drinks such as caffeine and alcohol to prevent interruption in sleeping.

Tips

  • Avoid straining the muscles in the shoulder such as lifting heavy objects such as weights.
  • Perform regular exercises for the upper torso.
  • Cover the body after performing exercises and avoid cooling of perspiration with uncovered upper back.
  • Avoid spasms and cramping in the muscles of the shoulder by stress-relieving measures.
  • A persistent upper back and shoulder pain should be treated immediately.

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