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. Claudication
  3. Dermatomyositis
  4. Dystonia
  5. Fibromyalgia
  6. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  7. Influenza (flu)
  8. Lupus
  9. Lyme disease
  10. Medications, especially the cholesterol medications known as statins
  11. Muscle cramp
  12. Myofascial pain syndrome
  13. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  14. Polymyositis
  15. Repetitive strain injuries
  16. Rheumatoid arthritis
  17. 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