Everyone feels muscular pain from time to time. Whether it is from sleeping on your arm the wrong way or overextending yourself on the tennis courts, we’ve all had the feeling of pain deep down in our muscles. For some people, though, this deep pain in the muscles is a chronic condition. It can cause you to have trouble moving your limbs, completing the activities of daily living, or from working full time. Muscle pain is known as myalgia in medical parlance, and for those that suffer the chronic form of this everyday malady, life can sometimes get very challenging.
At SoCal Pain Center, we are sensitive to those who are experiencing chronic myalgia. We see patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia, and we are experts in treating the pain they present. With a dedicated pain management doctor and pain psychologist, we can help you manage your pain and cope with the side effects.
Myalgia is often a symptom of a more complex condition. As stated, fibromyalgia focuses on severe muscle pain in specific spots, but it is often much more complicated than that. Certain drugs and medications can cause you to have chronic muscle pains, such as medications used in chemotherapy. Radiation and hormonal treatments for cancer can also cause you to experience muscle pains that have no bearing on the amount of work the muscles have performed.
Some electrolyte imbalances, such as a lack of potassium, can cause muscle pain symptoms. Infections are another possible source, such as influenza, Lyme disease, and malaria. The muscle wasting disease rhabdomyolysis is also a known cause of muscle pain, and this condition can get serious if it is not monitored and treated promptly.
Muscle pain is usually described as a deep, steady ache in your muscles. It can be in one group of muscles, such as your leg, or it can be an allover feeling. Sometimes the pain can be a momentary stab in your muscle, and this is considered a symptom of myalgia, as well. Your muscle pain can be mild, but it is not uncommon to have severe, debilitating pain in all of your muscles. Sometimes myalgia is accompanied by joint pain, but this is not necessary and not always the case. Finally, dealing with chronic pain can lead to long bouts of fatigue and depression as you attempt to cope with your pain issues.
Myalgia that occurs as a result of overuse is often treated by home measures. Over the counter pain pills, ice, and heat are often enough to soothe the muscle and reduce pain. With more chronic myalgia, you will likely need more aggressive therapy. Medications, such as over the counter medications and narcotics, are sometimes used, but medications are often prescribed to treat the underlying condition causing the myalgia. Some anti-seizure drugs and antidepressants are showing promise in treating the myalgia of fibromyalgia, and they could help with other forms of this condition. Physical therapy is a big part of overcoming myalgia. By gently working the muscles through their range of motion, you help to bring healing chemicals to the site of pain through increased blood flow. It can also help with mood and alleviate stiffness in the muscles.
If you are suffering from myalgia for any reason, the SoCal Pain Center can help you to cope with your condition. We have a dedicated pain management doctor on staff, and we have a chiropractor who knows the physical therapy treatments that can help you feel better. If you are having chronic muscle pain and don’t know where to turn, contact us today for a consultation about your condition.