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Aches & Pains

Common aches, pains and their causes

Aches and pains can be chronic (ongoing for a long period of time) or acute (arising suddenly).

The most common presentation of aches and pains are backache, neck and shoulder pain, joint pain, muscle pain, and pain due to injury. You may also suffer from tooth pain, headache or migraine, or specific joint conditions such as tennis elbow. Some general aches and pains can be caused by conditions such as fibromyalgia, the main symptom of which is widespread pain that is affected by stress levels, weather changes, and physical activity.

With fibromyalgia, the pain can sometimes feel like a burning or sharp, stabbing sensation, and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as a generalised sensitivity to pain, fatigue, or cognitive issues such as poor concentration or memory.

Causes

Aches and pains have a broad range of causes including recent injuries, old injuries, inflammation, musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, muscle sprains, autoimmune conditions, as well as by viruses and infections.

What to do next

If you are experiencing ongoing pain, it is important to see one of our doctors for a thorough consultation and examination in order to determine the cause and find a suitable treatment. The examination will help the doctor either tell you what is going on, or recommend the specific testing and imaging required to find the right diagnosis and specialist referral or treatment plan

FAQ

Can aches and pains be caused by emotional factors?

Yes, body aches can be a symptom accompanying anxiety, nervousness, fear, or high stress.

What is the link between stress and muscular pain?

When the body is responding to stress, certain hormones are released into the bloodstream, and can cause the muscles to tense up. Usually, the body recovers quite quickly from this change, but if the stress response is repeated, or prolonged, it can lead to ongoing muscle pain and tightness.

Why do my muscles feel sore after exercise?

It is commonly thought that aches and pains in your muscles after exercise is due to microdamage to the muscle fibres. The more you are working to build strength, the more this happens. A doctor or physiotherapist can help you understand how to train safely.

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