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Pain is a part and parcel of life a general notion people live with when it comes to muscle pain.
Given the fact that there are more than 600 muscles in your body, you are bound to experience muscle pain at some point in your life. Whether you are stuck in the front of computer for long hours or you are a fitness freak working out in the gym, there will be times when you feel physically distressed.
But you should not embrace pain or learn to live with it. Prolonged muscle pain could indicate that something is seriously wrong with your muscles. Moreover, muscle pain is also accompanied with a surprising range of diseases and disorders. Therefore, muscle pain due to an unexplained cause, especially when present along with other symptoms, should be immediately addressed by a doctor. (Read: Why you shouldn't ignore constant body aches)
Muscle pain can manifest as any of the following:
What can cause myalgia?
Muscle pain or myalgia most frequently occurs due to overuse of muscles (while performing rigorous activities like dancing), muscle injury while exercising or physically demanding work. In such situations, pain involves a specific group of muscles and initiates during the activity or just after completing it.
Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of back pain.
But, muscle pain is not just restricted to physical activity. It can also indicate that you are suffering from an underlying condition.
Common causes of muscle pain involving the whole body include:
Muscle pain is also associated with:
Use of certain drugs is also known to cause myalgia. These drugs include blood pressure lowering medicines such as ACE inhibitors, cholesterol lowering medicines such as statins. Cocaine addiction also causes muscle pain.
When to seek medical help?
Contact a physiotherapist or doctor if:
What are the complications of muscle pain?
Often, muscle pain due to other causes such as infection or use of drugs use can lead to complications such as:
Treatment for muscle pain
Hot and cold compress: Muscle tear or over-stretched muscles are treated by applying cold compress in the aching area for about 15-20 minutes or hot compress for 10 minutes. This reduces inflammation and swelling. Hot and cold water bath can also be used to relieve pain by improving blood circulation to that area.
Diet: Muscle paincauseddue to an injury needs repair of the muscle tissue. Therefore, you need to have a proper diet which is rich is carbohydrates and especially proteins. This will help you to rebuild your tissues and heal the injury faster.
Exercises: Muscle pain should not stop you completely from exercising. Perform easy exercises and stretches for increasing circulation to the sore area. (Read: DOMS Get rid of post-workout muscle soreness with these expert tip)
Medication: You may take painkillers such as ibuprofen for temporary relief. But, avoid taking them every time your muscle aches. (Read: Ibuprofen why you shouldn't pop these pills indiscriminately).
Your doctor may prescribe any of the following medications:
If your muscle pain is a symptom of other cause such as deficiency or viral infection, treat the cause first instead of treating the symptom.
Things you can do to minimise pain
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