Muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle. Muscle pain also can involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones, and organs.
Muscle cramps Joint pain
Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles
Muscle pain is most frequently related to tension, overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or physically-demanding work. In these situations, the pain tends to involve specific muscles and starts during or just after the activity. It is usually obvious which activity is causing the pain.
Muscle pain also can be a sign of conditions affecting your whole body, like some infections (including
One common cause of muscle aches and pain is
The most common causes are:
- Injury or trauma including
- Overuse: using a muscle too much, too soon, too often
- Tension or stress
Muscle pain may also be due to:
- Certain drugs, including:
- ACE inhibitors for lowering blood pressure
- Statins for lowering cholesterol
Electrolyteimbalances like too little potassium or calcium
- Infections, including:
- Influenza (the flu)
Lyme disease Malaria
abscess Polio Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Polymyalgia rheumatica Polymyositis Rhabdomyolysis
Review Date: 05/02/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Uinversity of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.