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. Dermatomyositis
  3. Dystonia
  4. Fibromyalgia
  5. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  6. Influenza (flu)
  7. Lupus
  8. Medications, especially the cholesterol medications known as statins
  9. Muscle cramp
  10. Polymyositis
  11. Repetitive strain injuries
  12. Rheumatoid arthritis
  13. 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