Myalgias are another word for muscle aches and soreness. This is a symptom, not a disease. Myalgias can have many causes. A cold, the flu, or any infection can cause them. So can any illness with a high fever. They may happen after  heavy exercise or injury such as an accident or fall. Some medicines such as statins and certain antidepressants can cause myalgias. They can also be a symptom of long-term (chronic) health problems such as lupus, chronic fatigue, or hypothyroidism. With these illnesses, other serious symptoms often occur with muscle pain and soreness.  

Myalgias most often go away on their own. If they don't go away, come back, or are severe, you may need tests to help find the cause.

Home care

  • Rest until you feel better.

  • Follow instructions that you were given for how to care for yourself. This may depend on the cause of your myalgias. 

  • If myalgia is thought to be because of a medicine, talk with the doctor who prescribed the medicine about what to do.

  • To control pain, take prescription or over-the-counter medicines as directed. Unless told not to, you can try acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider or as advised. If your symptoms don't go away in a few days or if they come back, follow up with your healthcare provider for an exam and testing.

When to see medical advice

Call your healthcare provider for any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Pain that gets worse and not better, or that goes away and comes back

  • New joint pains

  • New rash

  • Severe headache, neck pain, drowsiness, or confusion

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