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What is the difference between myalgia and myositis?

What is the difference between myalgia and myositis?

Pain vs inflammation: Myalgia means pain in muscles. It may be anything from overuse or excess exercise to a viral infection. Myositis means inflammation in the muscles. This can potentially be a much more serious condition with long term health consequences. You need to be seen by a physician to determine which is present. Myositis is characterized by elevation of muscle enzymes in the blood due to the inflammation. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between fibro and neuro myalgia?

What is the difference between fibro and neuro myalgia?

See below: The term 'neuromyalgia does not appear to be an official medical term it doesn't even come up on my spell checker. As near as i can determine it is used interchangeably with neuralgia which is a type of nerve mediated pain. Fibromyalgia is an official term but its cause is largely unknown, it appears to be muscular in origin but recent research is suggesting glial cells in the brain may be the s. ...Read more

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What is the difference between myopathy and gout?

What is the difference between myopathy and gout?

Not related: Myopathy refers to damage to the muscles that can be caused by many diseases and drugs. Gout is a type of inflammatory joint disease caused by an immune reaction to crystals formed in the joints due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and ALS?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and ALS?

Nite and day: No similarities, as ALS causes muscle twitching, atrophy, and weakness, with eventual breathing and swallowing issues, and death. Fibromyalgia causes diffuse body pain, tenderness, trigger points, sleep disruption, fatigue, stiffness, and cognitive fogging, but does NOT kill anyone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between spasms and fasciculations?

What is the difference between spasms and fasciculations?

Contraction & relaxa: Another way of looking at it is: fasciculations are involuntary muscle contraction and relaxation whereas muscle spasm is involuntary and sustained muscle contraction. Fasciculations can be deep and detected on a muscle needle test or can be felt and be visible to the eye as muscle twitches. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue?

Little.: While cfs is dominated by fatigue, there are more trigger ppoints than normal, although slightly less than fms. Conversely, pain at trigger points dominates fms, but most patients have significant fatigue, but not as their dominant complaint. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between pain and inflammation?

Whats the difference between pain and inflammation?

Pain is discomfort: Inflammation is the body's response to injury or infection -- usually associated with WBC infiltration of the tissue and ofter swelling. It can be painful. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between arthritis and rheumatism?

What is the main difference between arthritis and rheumatism?

Arthritis: Arthritis is a general term used to indicate degenerative or inflammatory changes that effect the inside of a joint. Rheumatism refers to rheumatoid arthritis which is an inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and CRPS?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and CRPS?

Distribution: Fibromyalgia pain occurs in several symmetric body regions concurrently; raising speculation that cause is disordered brain pain signal processing. Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, is long-term pain in a single asymmetric body part speculated to result from tissue trauma leading to peripheral neuropathy accompanied by autono ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and scleroderma?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and scleroderma?

Huge difference: The difference is huge: scleroderma is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks itself & causes the skin to become hardened, decreasing the patient's mobility. It can be local or body-wide. Fibro is not considered autoimmune. In fact, there is no real agreement on what fibro actually is, though its hallmark is pain all over the body, often with severe fatigue. The 2 disorders can coexist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia?

What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia?

Glandular function: An adrenal fatigue phenomenon, if one speculated & conferred it authenticity, would suppose ennui due to hormone deficits. Fatigue associated w. fibromyalgia seems to result from non- restorative sleep; probably secondary to arousal by pain evoked by sleep surface forces conjoined w. effects of gravity on body mass; causing mechanical forces to be focused on pain-generating spastic soft tissues. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

Duration: Acute pain lasts an order of days or weeks, while chronic pain can last months to years or even be permanent. They typically have different causes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aneurysm and muscle fasciculation?

Major difference. : Aneurysm is a ballooning or stretching of the wall of an artery. Muscle fasiculation is just a twinge or rapid little contractions of muscle fibers. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dystonia and generalized spasms?

What is the difference between dystonia and generalized spasms?

Involuntary movement: Dystonia is an involuntary muscle contraction, repetitive twisting, posturing whereas spasm is also sudden involuntary contraction of muscle groups. Generalized means all over and could indicate seizure activity. Dystonia on the other hand is more chronic, fixed if you will. Spasms may come and go. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the flu and mono?

What is the difference between the flu and mono?

Different viruses: Flu is caused by strains of influenza virus; mono is a clinical picture due to infection with epstein barr virus and sometimes with cytomegalovirus. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cold and cataarh/?

What is the difference between cold and cataarh/?

Symptom of: Catarrhal is the mucosal inflammation or condition of mucus draining from the nose...It is a common symptom of a cold or upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cystitis and nephritis?

What is the difference between cystitis and nephritis?

Much different: Cystitis refers to an infection in the bladder. Nephritis is an inflammation and disruption of the microvascular anatomy in the kidney, expecially of the glomerulus or filtering units. The former is an irritation, the latter is a kidney function disorder that requires a nephrologist specialist opinion. ...Read more

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What is the difference between myalgia and myositis?

Pain vs inflammation: Myalgia means pain in muscles. It may be anything from overuse or excess exercise to a viral infection. Myositis means inflammation in the muscles. This can potentially be a much more serious condition with long term health consequences. You need to be seen by a physician to determine which is present. Myositis is characterized by elevation of muscle enzymes in the blood due to the inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibro and neuro myalgia?

See below: The term 'neuromyalgia does not appear to be an official medical term it doesn't even come up on my spell checker. As near as i can determine it is used interchangeably with neuralgia which is a type of nerve mediated pain. Fibromyalgia is an official term but its cause is largely unknown, it appears to be muscular in origin but recent research is suggesting glial cells in the brain may be the s. ...Read more

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Difference between myalgia and muscular dystrophy?

Difference between myalgia and  muscular dystrophy?

Muscular Dystrophy: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (dmd) is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy. Dmd is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. Symptom onset is in early childhood, usually between ages 3 and 5. Myalgia is a term to indicate muscle pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chest pain and muscle pain?

What is the difference between chest pain and muscle pain?

Chest pain: New chest pain in a 40+ year old person requires urgent workup. Causes can include pain in the chest wall including muscles and connective tissues. More worrisome causes can include angina and heart disease. You can't always tell the difference by yourself, but your doctor can definitely help you through examination, ekg's, and other lab studies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between muscle pain and bone pain?

Different origin: Muscle pain is due to anoxia that develops in the muscle which when at rest usually resolves. Bone pain is due to the expansion of periosteum with a lesion within the cortex that enlarges to impinge on the periosteum. One of the factors causing muscle pain is build up of lactic acid dehydrogenase. ...Read more

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What is the difference between muscle pain and nerve related pain like a pinched nerve? What would the 2 feel like ?

What is the difference between muscle pain and nerve related pain like a pinched nerve? What would the 2 feel like ?

Mixtures of the 2: Muscle pain (sharp, dull, achy) and nerve pain (burning, numbing, tingling) can be mixed into a combined syndrome effect. Please see a musculoskeletal (foot/ankle or orthipedic) specialist ;/or a neurologist (nerve specialist) asap. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nerve pain and muscle pain? what are their characteristics.

What is the difference between nerve pain and muscle pain? what are their characteristics.

Nerve/Muscle pain: Nerve........burning or stinging sensation that spreads to other parts during activity, loss of strength or coordination or sensation. Muscle.........sharp tearing or pulling sensation, with weakness & impaired function & instability, worsens with activity. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between joint and muscle pain?

Location: Simple joint and muscle pain location are restricted to their own structures. And tenderness is as well. Push on a joint and joint pain will hurt. Complex pains are more difficult because a painful joint can cause tightness and pain in the adjacent muscles, and stiff painful muscles can lead to joint pain. In that case, both will be painful and sore, with the primary source usually more painful, . ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell the difference between muscle pain and kidney pain in your back?

Physical xam/labs: See an ortho or a urologist. Renal pain is in he flank right or left or both, not in the midline. A urologist visit and labs may b the b the best place 2 start. Or flip a coin. U need 1 or the other 2 get a dx. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between a muscle pain or an inside pain- upper back right side through a bit to chest?

How do you know the difference between a muscle pain or an inside pain- upper back right side through a bit to chest?

Movement: 37y w. unilateral upper back pain queries symptoms of various disordered tissues. Muscle/tendon pain reproducible by same vectors of mechanical stress & direct palpation. Referred neural pain elicited by movement of distant/contiguous body part, but not by direct palpation. Lung pain absent above described symptoms, constant or associated w. inspiration, shortness of breath, cough etc. See doctor. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between muscle pain; nerve pain and internal organ pain? How is muscle and nerve pain diagnosed and treated?

How do you know the difference between muscle pain; nerve pain and internal organ pain? How is muscle and nerve pain diagnosed and treated?

Physician: Even physicians can have difficulty with distinguishing among these. Clinical acumen is the most important factor. Muscle enzymes and electrophysiologic testing may help. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between bone and muscle pain. I have pain in my back 5 months postop bilat pars repairs. How long for muscles to heal to norm?

Bone vs muscle: At this point the surgical approach thru the muscles should have healed . Bone pain is usually deep , worse at night , muscle pain tends to be more related to activities during the day . Having said that you need to get in with your surgeon. There can be different causes of ongoing pain ...Read more

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How can u tell the difference between neck muscle pain or neck lymph node pain?

How can u tell the difference between neck muscle pain or neck lymph node pain?

The nature of pain: Can't tell the difference . Physical exam is still the key to a correct diagnosis . Take care! ...Read more

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Is there any difference between a lower back muscle pain and a pain caused by a kidney?

Is there any difference between a lower back muscle pain and a pain caused by a kidney?

Difficult sometimes: The kidneys are in the upper outer part of the "low back"; called the "flank". This area is consider the low back by many patients so it can be confusing. More midline to the spine is where the lumbar muscles live. For the most part, kidney pain shouldn't change at all with different positions, so bending forward and back shouldn't hurt the kidneys, but may cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between muscle pain and nerves pain ?Because recently I have lower back pain but it feels like a shock

What is the difference between muscle pain and  nerves pain ?Because recently I have lower back pain but it feels like a shock

Ache vs. Sharp: Typically muscle pain is more of a aching soreness and nerve pain typically feels sharp, stabbing, burning, cold-like, shocking , electric-like, etc... Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between chest muscle pain or heart pain? They are so close together I am having a hard time distinguishing them apart.

How can I tell the difference between chest muscle pain or heart pain? They are so close together I am having a hard time distinguishing them apart.

By having your MD: Examine you. Costochondritis , or tietze's syndrome is diagnosed by pain or tenderness when your md presses on the junction of the affected rib(s) & the sternum (breastbone). Chest wall pain can last 4-8 weeks after the injury that caused the separation & inflammation, tho' mild pain may be elicited by certain movements for ~ 6 mos. Applying heat & non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds help. ...Read more

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What is the difference between benign hyper mobile joint syndrome (dx'd by rheumy)and ehlers danlos . Have chronic joint/ muscle pain and fatigue. ?

What is the difference between benign hyper mobile joint syndrome (dx'd by rheumy)and ehlers danlos . Have chronic joint/ muscle pain and fatigue. ?

Opposite spectrum: A connective tissue disease or CTD is any disease that has the connective tissues of the body as a target of pathology. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a severe type that has an actual series of gene mutations associated. It can be fatal. Hypermobile joint, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, these are debilitating and chronic but not likely fatal or nearly as life concerning as EDS. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in long term side effects such as muscle pain with different statins?

Is there a difference in long term side effects such as muscle pain with different statins?

Not really: All statins have the potential to cause muscle pain and damage. There are several statins on the market (lipitor, zocor, (simvastatin) crestor, etc) and each will react differently for different people. ...Read more