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Fibromyalgia (FM) and
Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
with Devin Starlanyl

Author of:
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual 2nd Edition
and The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome.  The Chronic Myofascial Pain video is no longer available.

Join Devin's Facebook Group: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. To find my Facebook support group, click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/403922832988029/ and find Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction and you will get an entry into the support group.

"Healing through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction" by Devin J. Starlanyl and John Sharkey, with illustrations by Amanda Williams, is available in both print and e-book format. This book is written in reader-friendly language for patients and care providers, with treatment options for migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, symptoms associated with aging, and much more. The book explains the source of pain and many non-pain symptoms. To see the Table of Contents, click here.

NOTE:  New Nomenclature

All material written by me after January 2010, will have the following changes in nomenclature. The abbreviation for myofascial trigger point, "MTP," returns to "TrP." You will see both in the medical literature, as well as MTrP (myofascial trigger point).

The term Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) will no longer be used, as current research shows it is not a syndrome but a true myopathy, and thus a true disease.  
 
There are acute MTPs and chronic myofascial pain (CMP) due to MTPs.  Where applicable, CMP will be separated into CMP Stage 1 (without central sensitization) and CMP Stage 2 (with central sensitization).
 
Fibromyalgia (FM) will replace the former term fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).


Myofascial Pain Brochure from Fibromyalgia Frontiers

  

We have many requests for the physician's side symptoms list, known as "Devin's Diagnostic"

This site describes two medical conditions which often occur together: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain.  Chronic Myofascial Pain was previously called Myofascial Pain Syndrome.  See the handout "Chronic Myofascial Pain.".

These conditions are clearly clinical disorders, and as they share symptoms with so many other disorders, are currently among the most misdiagnosed of ailments.

We hope that this information will help people get more information about these illnesses so as to better their chances of accurate diagnosis and improved therapy.

Please do not request opinions on specific diagnoses, including test interpretations.  It is illegal to give specific treatment advice for individual patients over the Internet.  Devin Starlanyl is not in medical practice.  We are restricted by law to providing general information such as can be found in a medical text.  Please check the "Books and Tapes" section for more informational resources.


How To Use This Website

Patients and Companions:

1) Read the information page.  Then proceed to the symptoms page, which will help you discover if fibromyalgia and/or chronic myofascial pain and/or reactive hypoglycemia (or insulin resistance) may be a factor in your life.  It will help pinpoint some of your symptom sources.  Then read other parts of the site you may find of interest.

2) Identify and deal with the perpetuating factors.  This should help decrease your symptom load and is necessary before any therapy "holds".

3) Copy the referenced data sheets for your medical care team.

4) Do read the physicians' data sheets — they may hold the answers to your questions.

5) Feel free to access the physicians' bibliography and see all the medical journal articles being written.  Your reference librarian will help you get articles you need through the Interlibrary Loan.

Doctors and Other Care Providers:

Begin here.


This website is going multi-lingual.  Stay tuned for new and exciting additions.  Thanks to the efforts of friends from around the world, the information contained on this web site is available in Spanish and Dutch.  We are looking for translators with some medical familiarity who would be willing to translate handouts into French, German and other languages.  If you are such a person, please contact the Webmaster. 


Are you a healer, or would you like to be?

Right now there aren't enough care providers skilled in the treatment of myofascial trigger points. There are openings at the Pittsburgh School of Pain Management and the MyoRehab Seminar Series in New Mexico. Experience healing as you never have before, while learning to treat others. Doctors, physical therapists and other health care practitioners can learn about hands-on myofascial trigger point diagnosis and treatment, including dry needling, at Myopain Seminars.



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The All New Second Edition Survival Manual Is Out!  Order Here!

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual 2nd Edition by Devin J. Starlanyl, Mary Ellen Copeland

Devin talks about the new edition.
Read her comments

 



The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
by Devin J. Starlanyl

See what other Medical Professionals are saying about "The Fibromyalgia Advocate" 

 

 


Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management by Carolyn R. McMakin

Read Devin's review of this book.

             


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