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Dr. John Landi
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Aching Muscles (Overview)

Soreness or discomfort of muscles.


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Could stress/anxiety cause aching muscles in legs ?

Could stress/anxiety cause aching muscles in legs ?

Yes, it can cause: many different kinds of pain, however, you should first consult with a physician to find out if there is something physical causing the pain which needs to be treated medically before assuming that it is simply stress related. Once the physical issues have been either treated or ruled out, consider psychotherapy and learning stress reduction techniques (relaxation, hypnosis, meditation) to help. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Aching Muscles (Overview)

Soreness or discomfort of muscles.


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I am suffering from persistent aching muscles across the shoulders, into the neck. What can I do for relief?

I am suffering from persistent aching muscles across the shoulders, into the neck. What can I do for relief?

NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Ice for about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20-25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. Walking, gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. ...Read more

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How to treat aching muscles on my thigh. Muscles along my right thigh have been bit numb and aching since I have given birth vaginally to my son, abou?

How to treat aching muscles on my thigh. Muscles along my right thigh have been bit numb and aching since I have given birth vaginally to my son, abou?

Meralgia paresthetic: A correct answer would require a lot more history about you and how long you have been suffering this problem. The area you describe might or might not be "meralgia paresthetica", caused by pinching the nerve that flows under the groin tendon. It is compressed during pregancy (and in men with big bellies). Treatment is first decreasing the size of the belly--which you have done! congratulations! ...Read more

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How should I treat a muscle ache that won't go away?

How should I treat a muscle ache that won't go away?

Exercise: Muscles change with exercise. Ache can come from overuse, underuse, misuse and abuse. Underlying skeletal problems can make the problem persist. We usually fail to exercise and balance our posture enough...So stretch what is tight, strengthen what is weak, and generally stay active and walk tall. Medications can help your exercise and sleep comfort if needed. ...Read more

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Muscle ache, joint pain, headaches, pain== if fibromyalgia what's the best treatment, medication?

Muscle ache, joint pain, headaches, pain== if fibromyalgia what's the best treatment, medication?

Multiple treatments: Fm is a quirky entity to treat. We really don't know what causes it and a lot of doctors "don't believe" in it. Find a good pain medicine or rheumatology doctor who is familiar with it and follow their advise. Exercise, warmth, decreasing stress and various medications such as cymbalta, lyrica, savella (milnacipran) and narcotics can help somewhat although none are "cures". ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a muscle ache in my neck?

How do I get rid of a muscle ache in my neck?

Neck pain: Muscle pain can be made better with a stretching, anti inflammatory and ice program also slow and gradual return to activities. ...Read more

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My partner gets aching muscles and very weak everytime he gets sick. Is there any supplements or natural vitamins that will help to prevent this?

My partner gets aching muscles and very weak everytime he gets sick. Is there any supplements or natural vitamins that will help to prevent this?

Yes: There are many vitamins & supplements that boost immune function. He could try a good multivitamin plus 2000 mg of vit, .C 2x/day, 5000 units of vit d in winter months & additional zinc. Many herbs can also help, such as astragalus, ashwagandha & medicinal mushrooms like cordyceps. A healthy diet & stress reduction will also help. A good book is the road to immunity by kenneth bock md. ...Read more

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Cat scratched my abductor pollicis muscle 8 weeks ago. I still get deep muscle ache occasionally. Will it heal? What can i do to heal faster?

Cat scratched my abductor pollicis muscle 8 weeks ago. I still get deep muscle ache occasionally. Will it heal? What can i do to heal faster?

Yes. Move.: The biggest issue with hand and arm injuries is stiffness due to a patient not moving because it hurts. The pain of stiffness can only be overcome by feeling the pain. It hurts because of the "4 S's". This is my nemonic to teach: You are Stretching Scar & Squishing Swelling. Hold the mildly painful stretch for 20 sec, wait, then repeat. If less pain then it is stiffness. If more see a doc. ...Read more

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I am suffering from persistent aching muscles across the shoulders, into the neck. What can I do for relief?

NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Ice for about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20-25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. Walking, gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. ...Read more

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What can I do if aching muscles day after exercising stop me from working in the new day. I want to do an intense 25 minute workout 5 days a week?

What can I do if aching muscles day after exercising stop me from working in the new day. I want to do an intense 25 minute workout 5 days a week?

Build slowly: You will have to build up your exercise level over time. You cannot start a new strenuous program without building up your strength and tolerance. A hot shower before exercise and a Bengay type ointment will help. Ice after exercise will also help. None if these reace buding up youruscle strength and endurance over time ...Read more

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Hi, I have aching muscles after a work day especially the back. Is there a remedy? I have a desk job.

Hi, I have aching muscles after a work day especially the back. Is there a remedy? I have a desk job.

Back: This is difficult to answer as i don't know what you do such as heavy labor vs. Desk job. Stretching before and after work can be helpful. How you sit at a desk is important as well. Do you have a wallet in you back pocket as this can cause back problems. Heat to the painful area can help. If it persists or worsens you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Aching muscles and joints B side effects of taking the medication Chantix?

Aching muscles and joints B side effects of taking the medication Chantix?

Chantix side effects: Yes, achy muscles and joints have been reported as side effects to Chantix. They are not common. Common side effects include loss of taste, nausea, trouble sleeping, headache, dry mouth or constipation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing aching muscles. and pain in my left shoulder is this a side affect from taking vitamin d2?

I am experiencing  aching muscles. and pain in my left shoulder is this a side affect from taking vitamin d2?

Probably not: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. You can also get neck pain from a muscle strain. In some cases neck and shoulder pain could be related to your heart so be sure to see you physician. ...Read more

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If pt uses ultra sound on my low back for aching muscles and a bulging disc. Can my back muscles go into severe spasms because of the ultra sound?

If pt uses ultra sound on my low back for aching muscles and a bulging disc. Can my back muscles go into severe spasms because of the ultra sound?

Usually not: Ultrasound is a modality that produces sound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local tissues. This vibration can cause a deep heating locally though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient unless the probe is kept still. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The probe must always be moving. ...Read more

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My Sister is experiencing aching muscles on her legs. She walks a little bit and it starts to pain just below the butt and downwards about a week now?

Muscle or pinched : There are are some things that we would consider. It could be a pinched nerve from the back which sometimes can be called lumbar stenosis. There could be a muscle problem. But in either sending you needed an evaluation by your physician ...Read more

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Could stress/anxiety cause aching muscles in legs ?

Yes, it can cause: many different kinds of pain, however, you should first consult with a physician to find out if there is something physical causing the pain which needs to be treated medically before assuming that it is simply stress related. Once the physical issues have been either treated or ruled out, consider psychotherapy and learning stress reduction techniques (relaxation, hypnosis, meditation) to help. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more