A member asked:

Does myofascial pain syndrome cause swelling? such as my arms and legs, and does it cause muscle weakness?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Angus Worthing answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Muscles may feel swollen but not appear to actually swell. The pain sometimes feels like weakness.

Answered Oct 9, 2017


Dr. I. Jon Russell answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

The myofascial pain syndrome causes muscle pain that can be quite severe and limiting. Usually the pain is in a single muscle, involving a single region of the body, and usually it affects just one side of the body. It is does not typically cause swelling but if a person sits for extended periods of time, fluid can accumulate the lower legs. Weakness of affected muscles may result from the pain.

Answered Sep 23, 2016


Dr. John Goldman answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

If it does you need to be evaluated for something else in addtion to the myofascial pain syndrome. Wide spread myofascial pain can occur without swelling or weakness, but painc an limit motion and muscle use and this may be the explanation for that. With the evaluation you will be tested for additional reasons beside myofascial pain for this symptoms.

Answered Apr 21, 2012



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