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Muscle pain as a prominent feature of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD): four illustrative case reports (1998)

Author(s): K. M. Bushby;C. Pollitt;M. A. Johnson;M. T. Rogers;P. F. Chinnery

  • : Muscle pain as a prominent feature of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD): four illustrative case reports

Abstract: Clinical studies of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) rarely report muscle pain as a significant feature of the condition. We report four adult patients with FSHD in whom muscle pain was a presenting complaint and remains their most disabling symptom. These four patients were investigated using a pain questionnaire and diary. Inflammatory and metabolic causes of muscle pain were sought by muscle biopsy and a range of biochemical investigations. All patients reported between three and seven different pains of varying site and nature. None of the group had more than one painfree day per month and all complained of disturbed sleep. While some pains could potentially be attributed to postural problems, others were clearly myalgic in nature, though most often not specifically exercise-related. These myalgic pains could be particularly difficult to control. Results of metabolic investigations and muscle biopsy revealed no clue to the pathogenesis of these pains and there was no evidence for any exceptional inflammatory response. We believe that pain in FSHD is an under-reported but significant symptom and that further work is necessary to determine its prevalence, understand its cause and provide effective treatment.

Notes: Case Reports Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't England Nmd

  • Short Title: Muscle pain as a prominent feature of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD): four illustrative case reports
  • Date: Dec
  • Journal: Neuromuscul Disord
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 8
  • Pages: 574-9
  • Publication type: Article
  • Bibliographic status: Published

Keywords: Adult Biopsy, Needle DNA/analysis Female Humans Male Muscle, Skeletal/pathology/*physiopathology Muscular Dystrophies/*diagnosis/genetics/pathology/*physiopathology Pain/*diagnosis

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Professor Patrick Chinnery
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