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Myalgia: 6 Common Reasons for Experiencing Muscle Pain

Better known as muscle pain, myalgia is a kind of musculoskeletal discomfort that affects almost everyone at some point throughout his or her life. Most commonly, it occurs due to tension, injury or overuse.

Those aren’t the only explanations for myalgia, however. The Mayo Clinic says that systemic muscle pain (pain throughout the whole body) “is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication.” The following are six possible reasons you may be experiencing myalgia.

1. Fibromyalgia

As is implied by its name, muscle pain is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia. The “fibro” part of the word refers to the fibrous tissues, where the pain occurs—such as in the joints, muscles and ligaments.

For those who suffer from this condition, muscle pain is widespread throughout the body and is often described as a persistent, dull ache. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia can include issues sleeping, anxiety and fatigue.

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