Causes of Widespread Muscle Pain

Feb 5th, 2010 | By Body Pain Admin | Category: Muscle Joint Pain

Muscle pain, also called myalgia, can be localized or widespread through the whole body.

Localized muscle pain is basically when you have pulled or strained one muscle, such as through exercise or overuse. This type of pain is usually related to some activity you recently performed, and can be a symptom of tension, strain, muscle imbalance, or overuse. But many people suffer from more widespread muscle and body pain, which feels like it impacts their whole body.

Widespread body pain typically causes people to feel a great deal of pain (high pain severity), difficulty in completing routine motions (high disability), and these feelings often lead to intense feelings of worry and anxiety.

Not to mention that body pain like this just hurts.

Commonly, body-wide pain is caused by endocrinological disorders, infections, neoplasms and rheumatological conditions.

Muscle pain can also be caused by certain drugs (notably: a) ACE inhibitors, usually used for lowering blood pressure, b) statins, used to lower cholesterol, and c) cocaine).

All through the body muscle pain can also be caused electrolyte imbalances, such as too much or too little potassium or calcium.

Infections such as the Flu, Malaria, Polio, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Trichinosis (roundworm) and muscle abscesses are also possible caused of all over body pain.

Fibromyalgia and lupus are two other conditions which can lead to this kind of pain.

Treatment of widespread muscle pain depends on the causes.

You should call your doctor if you have muscle pain and any of these conditions as well:

  • Your muscle pain lasts more than 3 days
  • Your pain is severe and you have no idea what’s caused it
  • You are showing signs of an infection, such as swelling or tenderness around your muscle
  • You are feeling like your circulation is poor, or you’re feeling dizzy or faint when you stand up or sit up
  • You have a new rash or recent tick bite
  • You recently added to or changed your medication

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