Muscle aches, also known as myalgias, can occur in a specific area of your body or can be felt over the whole body. The nature of these aches may vary – from deep, constant and dull to sharp and occurring at irregular intervals. It may co-exist with joint pains and can be difficult to tell one from the other. Like joint pains , muscle aches can be due to non-cancer causes such as strains or injuries, but may also be due to cancer and its treatment.
Pain from muscle aches can lead to fatigue and affect a person’s ability to carry out his or her daily activities. It is important to inform your doctor or nurse if you develop any muscle aches, so that they can be managed promptly to minimise discomfort and impact on your quality of life.
Causes of Muscle aches
What you need to look out for
The duration and area of muscle ache can vary from person to person. Some symptoms you may experience include:
How it can be treated
Your doctor will first determine the cause of your muscle pain, by examining the painful area and asking you more questions about the pain. The cause and treatment for muscle pains in one specific area can be different from muscle pains affecting multiple areas. Additional tests (e.g. xrays, blood tests) may be arranged if necessary. Based on the cause of the pain, your doctor may:
What you can do
Here are some tips to help you cope better if you experience any muscle pains:
When to call your cancer care team
Please inform your doctor or nurse as soon as you develop the following symptoms that may indicate worsening or complications of the condition.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please call the Cancer Helpline at +65 6225 5655 or approach your doctor or nurse for further details.
The above contents have been approved by the Cancer Education Information Service, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), for people with cancer and their families and caregivers.
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