Muscle aches have many possible causes. Some common ones are overuse, tension, and injuries such as a strained muscle. An infection such as influenza (flu) can cause muscle aches. Or the aches may be caused by some medicines, such as statins. Muscle aches may also be a symptom of a disease like lupus or fibromyalgia. Myalgia is the medical term for muscle aches.
The doctor will do a physical examination and ask questions to try to find what is causing your pain. You may also have tests such as blood tests or imaging tests like X-rays. These can help find or rule out serious problems.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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