What are the Most Common Myalgia Symptoms?

A. Garrett

Myalgia, or muscle pain, is an indication of an underlying muscle injury or disease. If the pain originates from overtaxed or injured muscles, the area around the muscle will be sensitive to touch. Certain diseases also cause myalgia and produce a wide array of myalgia symptoms. Treatment methods are contingent on the cause of the myalgia.

Muscle pain is a symptom of myalgia.
Muscle pain is a symptom of myalgia.

Myalgia symptoms caused by muscle strain manifest quickly. Damaged muscles have certain trigger points that emanate pain when stimulated, usually by contact. Active trigger points are areas where the muscle is inflamed and extremely tender. Latent trigger points are areas where the torn muscle results in pain only if it is used a certain way. These symptoms subside within one week if the muscle is not completely torn. If the muscle pain persists longer than one week, it may be an indication of a greater injury or condition.

Warm mustard oil can be applied to relieve the muscle pain associated with myalgia.
Warm mustard oil can be applied to relieve the muscle pain associated with myalgia.

Stretching prior to engaging in physically activities can prevent this form of myalgia from occurring by ensuring that the muscles are loose; sufficient rest periods during strenuous physical activities will also prevent injury caused by overuse. If the signs of myalgia have already been exhibited, heat and compression can provide relief. Massaging the hurt area with warm mustard oil will also help relieve tension in the muscle. Also, certain plyometric exercises can rehabilitate the muscle and minimize atrophy. An extended respite involving limited use of the muscle may be necessary to ensure proper healing.

Abdominal pain is a common symptom of myalgia.
Abdominal pain is a common symptom of myalgia.

In situations where myalgia symptoms are present despite no direct trauma to the muscle, a virus or another underlying disease may be the cause. Unlike symptoms brought about by injury to a muscle, those caused by illness are typically more widespread; a viral muscle infection can cause pain in several muscle groups throughout the body if left untreated. Illnesses also cause other signs of myalgia. Muscles may become inflamed, resulting in sore throat, restricted movement, and difficulty breathing, depending on the disease and its location in the body. Headaches and abdominal pain are also possible symptoms. Finally, people experiencing myalgia may feel fatigued and experience increased irritability.

People experiencing myalgia may feel fatigued.
People experiencing myalgia may feel fatigued.

An extended period of myalgia symptoms may require immediate medical intervention, especially if the pain resides around the heart; myalgia can interfere with the heart rate of the afflicted and cause him or her to go into cardiac arrest. The remedies for myalgia caused by muscle injury also provide relief to myalgia caused by infection.

People experiencing myalgia my have increased irritability.
People experiencing myalgia my have increased irritability.

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@Mykol - You are describing possible symptoms of fibromyalgia, but you will never know for sure until other things are ruled out.

This is something that even many doctors have a hard time diagnosing, because there are so many symptoms that could be many things as well.

I know it can be scary, but is much better when you actually know for sure what is going on.

After several different tests where other issues were ruled out, my doctor said I had fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia in women are hard to pinpoint because there are many other reasons why we may feel fatigued, unable to sleep, have headaches and feel anxious.

These were the main symptoms I was having before seeing my doctor. The decrease in energy was what was really bothering me.

I am getting some fibromyalgia treatment,but there are still a lot of days when it is hard to accomplish what I want to.


I have had a lot of strange symptoms for a few months now, and I think they sound like fibromyalgia symptoms.

When I read through the list of common symptoms, I have many of them, but many of them could also be related to other causes.

My biggest complaint is fatigue and muscle pain. I also notice that it takes me longer to get up and around in the morning. I do pretty good during the day, but feel the fatigue and pain again in the evening.

Sometimes I wonder if this is just in my head, or I am just plain tired, and there is nothing seriously wrong.

Has anyone had a fibromyalgia diagnosis with symptoms that are similar to this?


If I haven't worked out for awhile and then complete a long workout, I definitely have muscle aches and pains for a few days.

These don't usually bother me as I figure I am in the process of getting those muscles toned up. The muscle soreness never lasts for more than a few days.

It doesn't take much for me to have sore muscles though. Anytime I participate in an activity that I am not used to, I have sore muscles the next day.

It can be anything from horseback riding or skiing, or something as simple as washing the windows in my house.

I have found that stretching helps me loosen up, but doesn't make any difference in how my muscles feel the next few days.

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