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Viral Myalgia

Viral Myalgia: Myalgia simply means “muscle pain”. It is a symptom of a large number of diseases. But, it is mainly caused by injury, overstretching or overuse of muscle or its group. If myalgia happens without a history of trauma then a viral infection could be a probable cause and this is called Viral Myalgia.

There are many symptoms of any myalgia – especially viral myalgia. The most prominent is pain in the muscle that is affected and almost any muscle group can be involved. Viral myalgia involving the chest or heart muscle can cause pains in the chest as well as an irregular heartbeat or a rapid heartbeat. If the muscles of the respiratory system are involved – that too can cause chest pain, or problems with breathing. Other common symptoms of viral myalgia include burning skin, numbness or tingling sensation in the arms, face, legs or trunk.

Common cause of myalgia is usually stress or tension in the affected muscle developing as a result of the virus. The individual with viral myalgia often overuse their muscles. Myalgia is a symptom of a large number of diseases and disorders with a large number of them being caused by viruses.

Viruses that may cause viral myalgia include HIV, Epstein-Barr, influenza as well as diseases of the connective tissues which include autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia and polymyalgia. Myalgia may be linked with the muscle movements that are involuntary caused by central nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, as well as spinal cord injuries.

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