Your body aches when your muscles are inflamed. This can be the result of either physical strain and stress or an immune response to something else happening in your body. So what causes body aches? Here, we break down some of the most common causes of body aches, how to treat it and when to see a doctor.
One of the most common and easiest causes to address is dehydration. As your body becomes dehydrated, your internal body temperature rises as your body naturally sends blood to the muscles. This can lead to muscle cramps, fatigue and dizziness. It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after physical activity. Drink throughout the day. If you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
There are certain medications that can cause muscle cramps and body aches. Certain cholesterol management drugs can cause body aches. If you notice that you’re experiencing body aches after starting a new medication, VirtualDr.ca can help. Often, an alternative medication can be prescribed.
Body aches are often a common symptom of the common cold or flu. If you’re feeling achy all over and you are suffering from other cold and flu symptoms, contact us so that our medical team can ask you a series of questions and diagnose you. Since body aches can also occur with bacterial infections, it is important to speak with a doctor.
Lyme Disease has been getting a lot of media attention in recent years and it is caused by the bacteria transmitted from a tick bite. Lyme disease can cause headaches, fever, chills and body aches. While it can present like the flu, it is important to see a doctor if you are worried that you have been bitten by a tick.
More Serious Causes of Body Aches
While many of the causes of body aches can be resolved quite easily, there are chronic conditions that can present with muscle and body aches. Some of these conditions include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatomyositis and chronic fatigue syndrome to name a few.
VirtualDr. is Here To Help
VirtualDr.ca has a team of friendly, licensed and experienced medical doctors who are available to assist you when you’re experiencing body aches.
If your body aches persist, please contact our online walk-in clinic so that we can begin to get to the root cause of your symptoms and help you manage or eliminate this discomfort. With easy and simple access to our qualified doctors, you’re in good hands.