The most common causes of muscular aches and pain are stress, overuse and minor injuries. This pain usually just affects a few muscles or a small part of your body and is very localised.

Having constant aches and pains can affect anyone no matter your age, the most common aches are headaches, neck and back pain, muscle and joint pain and neuropathic pan which happens when the nervous system doesn’t function properly.

It is best not to ignore these aches and pains and assume they will just “go away” . Often there can be underlying causes and pain throughout your whole body also known as Systemic muscle is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication and should be checked out rather than ignored.

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Common causes of muscle pain include:

• Chronic fatigue syndrome

• Fibromyalgia

• Hypothyroidism

• Lupus

• Lyme Disease

• Medications, especially cholesterol medication (statins)

• Muscle Cramps,

• Repetitive strain injuries

• Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Sprains and strains

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

The symptoms are almost same as in fibromyalgia, however when the feeling of extreme fatigue doesn’t improve with rest it is possibly a case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Fibromyalgia

Symptoms are

• chronic widespread body pain

• fatigue

• sleep issues

• Painful tender points

• Morning stiffness

• Mood and anxiety issues

• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

• Migraine

Inflammation of the prostate gland and chronic pelvic pain

Treatment : involves physical therapy, exercise, nutritional therapy and stress-relief methods such as massage and relaxation techniques. Holistic treatment has shown to be more useful than medication alone. 

Lyme disease

Caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that spreads through the bite of the blacklegged tick.

Symptoms are:

• Marked fatigue

• Severe headache

• Widespread musculoskeletal pain

Tender points in characteristic locations

• Pain and stiffness in many joints

• Impairment of sensation

• Difficulty with concentration

• Memory loss

• Sleep disturbances

Treatment : Although, the disease can be cured with antibiotics if diagnosed in the early stages, it can cause complications such as long-term joint inflammation, heart rhythm problems, as well as brain and nervous system problems. 

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Stress

Stress can be responsible for constant body ache:

• Headache

• Muscle pain

• Chest pain

• Fatigue

• Sleep problems

• Stomach upsets 

Low levels of vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D is one of the reasons for constant and chronic body pain. Vitamin D allows your body to absorb calcium, as calcium is required to build stronger and healthy bones vitamin D deficiency indirectly results in weak, soft and achy bones. 

Lack of iron in the blood – Anaemia

This lack leads to lower amounts of oxygen and nutrients carried to various parts of the body, making you feel tired and achy all over. 

Multiple sclerosis

MS affects the spinal cord and brain, as the nerves and the brain are involved, people with multiple sclerosis often suffer from constant body aches. Other common symptoms are:

• Weakness

• Tingling sensation

• Numbness

• Blurred vision

• Muscle stiffness

• Urinary problems

• Improper cognition 

Osteoarthritis

This is a form of arthritis where the cartilage between two bones erodes, causing the bones to rub against each other, leading to constant pain and discomfort. Other symptoms of this disease are:

• Soreness and stiffness of joints

Pain in the hips, back and hands that usually reduces after movement

• Stiffness in the morning and on excessive activity. 

Nerve damage

If your nerves are damaged due to disease or injury. This condition causes the nerves to malfunction leading to pain all over the body

Injuries from accidents, either minor or major accidents can result in body aches, the aches can worsen during winter or cold weather. Long-term medical problems, such as diabetes or arthritis can also lead to ongoing pain.

As mentioned above some diseases can also cause constant body aches. Severe or prolonged widespread pains may indicate serious problems so Don’t ignore it; explore it! This is not intended to cause alarm but you do need to be aware that in most cases ongoing and prolonged muscle aches and pains are not normal and should be checked out

If you have aches and pains that you would like to find out more about connect with me by clicking here, and finding out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started straightaway on your journey to reducing aches and pains and working towards optimal health. 

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