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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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About the Symptom

It refers to any discomfort in the muscles that can be pressing, sharp, burning, or dull.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Seizure attack

  • Back pain

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

Possible causes

Generally, Muscle pain can be related to:

  • Leg cramps

    Leg cramps are episodes of sudden pain in leg muscles caused by involuntary contractions (shortening) of the leg muscle. Most leg cramps happen in the calf muscles and, less commonly, in the feet and thighs.

  • Rabies

    Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can spread to people and animals through bites or scratches from infected animals. It is commonly found in wild animals like stray dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. The rabies virus travels through nerve cells to the brain, where it multiplies quickly, causing severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, often leading to death.

  • Tetany

    Tetany is a condition involving involuntary muscle contractions and overly stimulated peripheral nerves. It is caused by electrolyte imbalances, most often low blood calcium levels.

  • Shoulder periarthritis
  • Myalgia
  • Fibromyalgia

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Muscle pain may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Decompression sickness

    Decompression sickness (also called "the bends") refers to problems caused by a rapid decrease in surrounding pressure (either air or water). This causes gases to dangerously shift out of the bloodstream. It most commonly occurs during scuba diving when surfacing too quickly. Rarely, it can happen in airplanes, typically in military pilots traveling at high speeds through upper and lower atmosphere layers.

  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Malignant syndrome
  • Tetanus

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have muscle pain?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you lost more than 2 kgs in a month without trying?

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References

  • Ruggiero L, Manganelli F, Santoro L. Muscle pain syndromes and fibromyalgia: the role of muscle biopsy. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2018 Sep;12(3):382-387. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000355. PMID: 29912728.

    https://journals.lww.com/co-supportiveandpalliativecare/Abstract/2018/09000/Muscle_pain_syndromes_and_fibromyalgia__the_role.27.aspx

Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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