Muscle Pain & Weakness
Muscle pain may be caused by simple overuse of the muscle, but also by many other medical and neurological conditions. Spinal disorders, peripheral neuropathy can also cause muscle pain and weakness.
Inflammation of the muscles, degeneration of the muscles, medications or other rheumatological illness can frequently cause muscle pain and weakness.
Fibromyalgia is a muscle pain from unknown reasons. Recently it was found that small fiber neuropathy is found in almost 50% of the patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Evaluation of the muscle pain or weakness may include EMG/NCV laboratory, but also an imaging study. Sometimes biopsy of the muscle or the skin is necessary for accurate diagnosis.
Treatment may include medications, physical and occupational therapy. Stopping certain medications that can cause muscle pain may sometimes be a simple solution.