Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Myalgias 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:

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate rhabdomyolysis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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