Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Bone Pain Overview

What is bone pain?
A person with bone pain suffers from a dull aching or discomfort in one or more bones. Bone pain is often accompanied by joint pain and bone tenderness. Bone pain may be caused by a variety of conditions such as overuse, injury, infection, inflammation, and cancer.

What symptoms can be associated with bone pain?
Bone pain that is due to an infection may be associated with fever, bone tenderness, and swelling overlying the painful bone. Other symptoms that can occur with bone pain include weakness, pale skin, swollen glands, excessive fatigue, and unintentional weight loss.

How does the doctor diagnose bone pain?
The doctor may suspect the underlying cause for bone pain after performing a medical history and physical examination. Testing is required to confirm the diagnosis. Tests often include CBC, ESR, alkaline phosphatase, kidney profile, blood cultures, and serum calcium. Other tests include bone x-rays, nuclear bone scan and MRI scanning of the bones. Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy may be recommended in a smaller number of patients who are experiencing persistent bone pain.

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