Muscle pain happens to most people. After a rigorous workout, muscles can be sore for days. That’s normal muscle pain. Abnormal muscle pain is a persistent pain that does not go away with rest. The pain is deep and often unbearable. Further investigation is needed for abnormal muscle pain.
The first investigation step is laboratory tests. Pain does not accompany all muscle diseases, but an elevated creatine phosphokinase (CPK) usually does. The CPK enzyme is found in the skeletal muscles as well as the heart and brain. Non-painful causes of an elevated CPK include muscular dystrophy, dementia and motor neuron diseases. Painful conditions associated with an elevated CPK include sickle cell disease and polymyositis . Besides pain, other symptoms might provide diagnostic clues like muscle weakness which typical in polymyositis. If anemia is present, then sickle cell disease is more likely. Both polymyositis and sickle cell disease can lead to the most severe form of muscle di...
A couple of months ago, I had coffee with a friend who had just started an exercise program. She would grimace anytime she got up, obviously her muscles and joints rebelling against her new regimen. To ease the pain, many people would use the heating bad, a massage or a hot bath with lots of Epsom salts. Those all are great ways to ease the discomfort, but there are other options you can use as well.
For instance, your dietary choices can make a big difference! “Food works on a cellular level, so you might not notice a difference in the first hour after eating them,” Jessica Crandall, a Denver dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told The Wall Street Journal . However, some foods can decrease muscle inflammation and can help you recover. These foods and beverages include:
Omega-3 fatty acids - The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation. The George Mateljan Foundation poi...
Alternative Names Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles Prevention Warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch before and after exercising. Drink lots of fluids before, during, and after exercise. If you work in the same position most of the day (like sitting at a computer), stretch at least every hour. References Buttaravoli P. Muscle strains and tears. In: Buttaravoli P, ed. Minor Emergencies . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 122. Buttaravoli P. Myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia: (Trigger points). In: Buttaravoli P, ed. Minor Emergencies . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 123.
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