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I have a pulled muscle or charlie horse, would a hot or cold compress work?

I have a pulled muscle or charlie horse, would a hot or cold compress work?

Muscle pull: Generally speaking, ice followed with moist heat helps. Also consider gentle massage of the muscle belly. ...Read more

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


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Do you place a warm or cold compress on sore muscles?

Do you place a warm or cold compress on sore muscles?

Depends: Cold to decrease pain and swelling, heat to improve flexibility and blood flow to speed healing. Use ice for the first day or two after an acute injury, then heat later. ...Read more

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It doesn't hurt but feels sore and makes me a bit dizzy and my muscles tense in my jaw/neck heat or cold compress for probabletmj (ruled out inner ear?

It doesn't hurt but feels sore and makes me a bit dizzy and my muscles tense in my jaw/neck heat or cold compress for probabletmj (ruled out inner ear?

Tmj: Tmj can do it all, even make you a little dizzy. If you have true vertigo- feeling of spinning or motion with stereotypic head motions then vertigo is more likely. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Cardinal signs of: Influenza are sudden onset of high fever (101 or higher with hard chills/sweats), body/muscle pain, respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose).Easy to test for rapidly. Important to diagnose and treat within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. Anti-viral flu medicine works best if started within this 48 hour window. ...Read more

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I have a headach and muscle pain also feeling very hot what could it be?

I have a headach and muscle pain also feeling very hot what could it be?

If your symptoms: Started recently and you're otherwise healthy, these symptoms are most likely early signs of an infection. What type of infection remains to be seen. It can be narrowed down by any specific symptoms that develop later. You can always ask a follow up questions once (if) you do develop more specific symptoms. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Will a hot bath help with this muscle pain?

Will a hot bath help with this muscle pain?

It may: It depends on the cause of your pain. Heat can be therapeutic since it can increase blood flow, decrease pain, decrease muscle tone. Heat therapy is generally used for chronic conditions, can help reduce muscle spasms. There are contraindications to use of hot baths, ie pregnancy, bleeding disorders, impaired sensation, and others. Be mindful of burns. Discuss with your md re risks/benefits. ...Read more

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In Fall (also this week), I get pain in my right hamstring. Feels like muscle pain caused by cold. Comes in at night. Yoga not helping. What is this?

Sciatica: There are several potential causes. If you have not injured your hamstring, one of the more common causes is a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back and this can cause pain in the back of the thigh. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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What is best for foot muscle pain (From pinky to heel) heat or cold??? And why?

What is best for foot muscle pain (From pinky to heel) heat or cold??? And why?

See details: The best option is to have the foot evaluated to determine the specific cause of the pain. Heat or cold generally provide nothing more than short term relief at best. ...Read more

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I got sun burnt on the weekend but not bad. That night I had headaches/high temp, shivering cold. And 2 days later I have muscle pain all over?

Common: This is common with an extensive moderate to severe sunburn. Take ibuprofen and use aloe gel. If the pain persists after another 24 hours then see your doctor ...Read more

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I keep getting foot muscle pain anytime I sleep somewhere cold. What could it be? How can I treat this? I am worried about winter... Thank you.

I keep getting foot muscle pain anytime I sleep somewhere cold. What could it be? How can I treat this? I am worried about winter... Thank you.

Raynaud's syndrome?: Raynaud's syndrome happens in young women. It causes cold intolerance of hands and feet because the cold causes constriction of the blood vessels supplying them. It can be a part of types of arthritis syndromes like sceroderma and fibromyalgia or idiopathic with unknown cause. Treatment is avoiding cold, you can try wool socks, ski boots, ski socks, space heater near your feet at night. ...Read more

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I have a back spasm and shoulder muscle pain around rotatur cuff. What can I do beside hot compresses?

See your doctor: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better. ...Read more

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Have lorazepam, 1 mg, for anxiety. Taking 1/2 of one @ bed. Helps insomnia, muscle pain and hot flashes (?!) Does that seem reasonable or concerning?

Have lorazepam, 1 mg, for anxiety. Taking 1/2 of one @ bed. Helps insomnia, muscle pain and hot flashes (?!) Does that seem reasonable or concerning?

Lorazepam: Is a benzodiazepine drug, most commonly used for the short-term treatment of anxiety, seizures, insomnia and other anxiety related disorders. Lorazepam has been found to be physically and psychologically addictive. If concerned, ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a harsh pain when I swallow in my upper chest, upper back and neck. It feels like muscle pain, could it be a cold? Thanks in advance.

Hello, I have a harsh pain when I swallow in my upper chest, upper back and neck. It feels like muscle pain, could it be a cold? Thanks in advance.

Important: Your symptoms are indicative of something in your esophagus causing referred pain to the chest, back and neck. It can also be due conditions of the other organs in the mediastinum. Please see your family physician at the earliest who will probably gave to run some tests to diagnose and treat this condition. ...Read more

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5 D post op D&C. 2 polyps removed. Muscle pain over entire body. Succinylcholine. Now hot area in upper R leg. Comes/goes. 55 YO, possible Clot?

Possible myalgias: Succinylcholine can cause myalgias (muscle pain) though more in well built muscular young individuals so it's possible but have ur primary doc check u to make sure its not something else like flu / viral infection, potassium level, statin type cholesterol meds etc. Same goes for hot area (i m guessing u mean it feels hot) - clot possible but less likely. Could be other reasons. Doc shud check u ...Read more

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Two days ago I suddenly had a fever, chills, and muscle pain all over. I felt so cold for a while. When I woke up it was gone? My period has been irregular

Two days ago I suddenly had a fever, chills, and muscle pain all over. I felt so cold for a while. When I woke up it was gone? My period has been irregular

Without: Without examining you or having more information, it's impossible to say exactly what your symptoms were due to. You may have started with a viral illness which your immune system promptly fought off. If it happens again, or becomes a more on-going problem, you should give your doctor a call. Since it was just a one-time episode, I can't say whether it relates to your irregular period.

There are other reasons besides pregnancy that can cause a woman to miss a period such as: stress, diet, excessive exercise or a hormone imbalance such as with a thyroid disorder or polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you are not pregnant and are still worried about an irregular cycle, give your doctor a call. Your doctor will take a thorough history and physical and may run some tests to find out why your period is irregular. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a rash on various body parts for the last four days that presents as red, itchy welts that then turn hot and cause muscle pain. Any ideas?

I have had a rash on various body parts for the last four days that presents as red, itchy welts that then turn hot and cause muscle pain. Any ideas?

Could be drug allerg: Drug allergies are a common cause of an itching rash. If you are taking any new medicines lately added, stop it for a couple of days. In the meantime, you can use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) once or twice a day...It might help reduce the allergy. But it can also make you sleepy, so take it at night and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Muscle pain all over the body, but different place each time. Especially the feet. Dry eyes. Fatigue, low energy, easy cold, tired. Been for three months?

Be seen: You would certainly do we to be seen for am accurate diagnosis, which could potentially include a systemic infectios or metabolic process. ...Read more

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Neck shoulder back pain. Shortness of breath. Cough and cold. Doc said it was muscle pain. I take medicine but it didn't work. No pleghm?

Neck shoulder back pain. Shortness of breath. Cough and cold. Doc said it was muscle pain. I take medicine but it didn't work. No pleghm?

FollowUpWithDoctor: We do not have enough information to advise as we don't know what you were treated for and with what medicine. I suggest you follow up with your treating doctor as you did not get better with the meds prescribed ...Read more

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Raynauds, sjogrens, ms, severe neuropathy, hypothyroid etc. Hot but temp in/out doesn't affect. Severe joint/muscle pain. On ivig/tecfidera/plaqunil. Sleep to pain/dryness? Help? See new doc mon. Sug

Raynauds, sjogrens, ms, severe neuropathy, hypothyroid etc. Hot but temp in/out doesn't affect. Severe joint/muscle pain. On ivig/tecfidera/plaqunil. Sleep to pain/dryness? Help? See new doc mon. Sug

Dysautonomia: Autonomic dysfunction is involved in many neurodegenerative conditions. Ask your new doc about this problem being at play with your situation. ...Read more

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Woke up with a stiff neck. Hurts when I move side to side and when I look up. Applied Bengay on it and icy hot patch but only relieves the muscle ache?

Woke up with a stiff neck. Hurts when I move side to side and when I look up. Applied Bengay on it and icy hot patch but only relieves the muscle ache?

Keep an eye on it: If safe for you, consider trying an over the counter anti-inflammatory, heat and stretching of the neck area. If your symptoms persist beyond 7-10days or are worsening I would recommend you see a physician who specialize in musculoskeletal care (orthopedics)
Hope that helps! ...Read more

Dr. Raj Upadya
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Muscle Pain (Definition)

Also known as myalgia, muscle pain is a result of overuse or stretching of the muscle. Muscle pain can occur either becuase of an infection or because of a mechanical injury. It can be acute, or chronic pain that ...Read more


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Aching Muscles (Definition)

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