The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries. This type of pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small part of your body.

Systemic muscle pain — pain throughout your whole body — is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication.

Common causes of muscle pain include:

  1. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  2. Chronic fatigue syndrome
  3. Claudication
  4. Dermatomyositis
  5. Dystonia
  6. Fibromyalgia
  7. Hypothyroidism
  8. Influenza (flu)
  9. Lupus
  10. Lyme disease
  11. Medications, especially the cholesterol medications known as statins
  12. Muscle cramp
  13. Myofascial pain syndrome
  14. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  15. Polymyositis
  16. Repetitive strain injuries
  17. Rheumatoid arthritis
  18. Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

March 19, 2016