When everything is functioning well with the muscular system – life’s good – however, with so many functions to process and the need for both your brain and your muscles to work well and in harmony, sometimes things can go a bit pear shaped, to say the least.
The first sign that all is not well is that we feel pain. Good old fashioned muscle pain.
Sometimes we know exactly why we feel it – take for example the aftermath of leg day at the gym or that sore post-marathon purgatory – but sometimes muscle pain can signal one of many disorders or conditions, too. These issues can be as simple as a sprain, strain or cramping or could point to more serious issues like Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis.
Therefore, muscle pain from severe injuries or due to a possible systemic disease needs to be addressed and ruled out and this all starts with a visit to your GP. If the pain you feel comes hand in hand with trouble breathing, muscle weakness, dizziness, a stiff neck or a high fever, then that GP visit needs to happen sooner rather than later.
Muscle pain is most often from minor injuries, muscle knots or from stress or due to exercise and it usually resolves itself in a matter of days. Maybe it requires a remedial massage or two or a simple home treatment such as R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) and soon you’ll be right as rain.