Muscular rheumatism is an antiquated diagnosis that is no longer actively made in modern medical science. Rheumatism is a general term for any painful and potentially disabling condition which affects the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and other types of soft and connective tissues in the body. The most common example is rheumatoid arthritis.
In the case of this particular type of rheumatism, the prefix muscular denotes occurrence in the muscles of the body as the main symptomatic expression. This dialog examines the evolution of the soft tissue rheumatism diagnosis into the present form of fibromyalgia.
The majority of cases of what used to be diagnosed as rheumatism of the muscles is now classified as part of the fibromyalgia syndrome diagnosis. Fibromyalgia is a very controversial diagnosis, since it is no more enlightened then the dozen or so separate conditions previously diagnosed individually in years past, including a diversity of rheumatic disorders.
In fact, the fibromyalgia diagnosis set progress back about 100 years when it comes to treating the epidemic of soft tissue pain syndromes which are currently so in vogue in rheumatic medicine.
Of all the medical specialties which treat back pain, rheumatologists demonstrate some of the worst statistical curative results, regardless of the diagnosis. They are also the specialty which seems to rely almost 100% on purely pharmaceutical treatment.
The very term rheumatism denotes some structural issue with the muscles which is causing the pain. As before and still now, this is rarely the case in rheumatism or fibromyalgia patients. Research has conclusively shown that oxygen deprivation in the cell nuclei of fibromyalgia patients is probably the most logical reason for the widespread and stubborn symptoms.
Remember that ischemia is one of the the most prevalent reasons for chronic back pain and is also the likely driving process responsible for creating the condition known as fibromyalgia.
Dr. John Sarno has been diagnosing the condition known as tension myositis syndrome since before the term fibromyalgia even existed in the public consciousness and his TMS patients have responded so well to treatment, which is certainly not true for the countless millions subjected to the variety of ridiculous and ineffectual fibromyalgia treatments now. This should be no surprise, since TMS and fibromyalgia may be the exact same condition, but are managed in 2 completely different approaches by care providers.
No matter how your chronic muscle pain and accompanying symptoms have been diagnosed, one logical treatment path worth considering is certainly knowledge therapy. The plethora of pharmaceutical therapies are harmful and qualify as symptomatic treatment at best, while the alternative dietary practices are unfounded and speculative. At least knowledge therapy is risk-free and demonstrates a proven track record of resolving pain for over 35 years.
There is some excellent material about treating fibromyalgia in Dr. Sarno’s many books and I sincerely recommend these to anyone who is at the end of the rope when it comes to pain which simply will not go away despite active medical care.