Muscle Soreness – What is Actually Happening?

Muscle soreness is quite common. Most of us have experienced stiffness and soreness the day after an unusual activity. But what about other days when there doesn’t appear to be a physical reason?

Common Causes of Muscle Soreness

Too Much Stress
Overuse or injuring during a physically demanding activity.
Autoimmune Disorders
Medication Side Effects
Thyroid Problems
Low Potassium Levels
Ways to Avoid and Treat Sore Muscles

If you know your soreness comes from over-activity, you can treat your pain yourself using one or more of these methods:

Resting the muscle areas to give them time to recoup
Taking the recommended dosages of OTC pain relievers
Icing the areas to reduce inflammation
Other techniques that can help you avoid soreness are:

Stretching before and after activities
Giving your muscles time to rest
Relieving tension with stress-relieving techniques like yoga.

When to See a Doctor

Muscle aches can sometimes be a symptom of a larger issue. If you’ve tried to treat it yourself without success, you should talk to your doctor.

Signs that may be time to schedule an appointment include:

Pain or soreness that lasts more than a few days after using home treatments.
Feeling severe pain or soreness with no obvious cause.
Pain or soreness that is accompanied by a rash, redness or swelling.
Pain or soreness after receiving a tick bite.
Pain or soreness that appears after a change in diet or medication.
Pain or soreness with a high fever.

When it becomes an Emergency

Occasionally, muscle soreness will be the immediate precursor to an emergency situation. If you experience any of the following, get to an emergency room.

Difficulty Breathing
Difficulty Swallowing
Neck Stiffness
Sudden Urine Reduction
Sudden Water Retention
Suddenly Weakened Muscles
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