Muscle Aches Evaluation
Generalized aches and pains that last for a few days do not require an evaluation. The evaluation of persistent, or severe, aches and pains, begins with a medical history and physical exam.
Tests may be required to investigate the cause of persistent aches and pains, such as infection, injury, poisoning, arthritis and other conditions.
A person with persistent muscle pain, who is taking a statin drug or a new prescription medicine, should be evaluated. Tests may be required to investigate the possibility of muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) caused by the medication.
Physical findings in someone with rhabdomyolysis may include:
- Flank tenderness
- Muscle aches
- Muscle swelling:
- Muscle tenderness
- Muscle weakness:
Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis.
Tests that may be used to evaluate rhabdomyolysis include:
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