Painful sensation originating from a muscle or group of muscles.

Symptoms of Myalgia

The following features are indicative of Myalgia:
  • muscular pain in neck region
  • muscular pain in back
  • muscular pain in legs
It is possible that Myalgia shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Myalgia

The following are the most common causes of Myalgia:
  • muscular injury
  • muscular strain
  • over utilization of muscles
  • chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • dermatomyositis

Other Causes of Myalgia

The following are the less common causes of Myalgia:
  • dystonia
  • fibromyalgia
  • hypothyroidism
  • lyme disease
  • muscular cramps
  • myofascial pain syndrome
  • polymyalgia rheumatica
  • polymyositis
  • inflammatory joint diseases

Risk Factors for Myalgia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Myalgia:
  • previous episodes of myalgia
  • low levels of vitamin D

Prevention of Myalgia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Myalgia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • get plenty of rest
  • do activities like meditation
  • drink plenty of fluids before and after performing exercises

Occurrence of Myalgia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Myalgia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Myalgia can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Myalgia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Myalgia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Myalgia:
  • CBC (Complete blood count): A test for diagnosis of Lyme disease or a connective tissue disorder

Complications of Myalgia if untreated

Yes, Myalgia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Myalgia is left untreated:
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • malignant hyperthermia

Self-care for Myalgia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Myalgia:
  • Apply ice packs continuously for 1-3 days: Helps to reduce pain and inflammation of muscular injury
  • Do gentle stretching exercises: Helps in restoring proper muscle tone
  • Yoga practicing: Reduces stressful conditions

Time for Treatment of Myalgia

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Myalgia to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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