Understanding Joint and Muscle Pain

March 5, 2009 by admin 

Joint pain and muscle pain are synonymous with aging. As people age, their joints and cartilage wear down. As a result there is a rise to the occurrence of pain in joints and muscles. However, aging is not the only contributor of such pain, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is known to be the main cause of joint and muscle pain.

More than ninety percent of the people suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) will encounter joint/muscle pain at some point in the duration of their illness. At the inception of such ailment, the primary complaint of more than fifty percent of people with SLE is joint pain.

The inflammation of joints is the main cause of joint pain. This inflammation of joints is often referred to as arthritis that can cause swelling, tenderness, a burning sensation, pain, and a collection of fluid. The symptoms of SLE are more likened to those of a viral flu. A sudden and severe pain in joints and muscles can make a person feel really ill. Symptoms of SLE are similar to symptoms of arthritis because of the swelling and pain of joints. Some patients do not suffer severe joint pain but have serious inflamed muscles that result in loss of strength.

In some cases, pain in the joints and muscle occur before SLE. Severe cases show that individual even at rest still experience joint and muscle pain. Patients who suffer from joint and muscle pain are advised by health practitioners to have the right balance of rest and exercise. Individuals with SLE have to be cautiously aware of the activities they are doing so that they do not put an additional burden on the weakened joints and muscles.

Even if muscle and joint pain can take place in any part of the body, a person’s shoulders, hips, and knees are more subject to this illness. Being overweight also adds stress and difficulty to SLE patients, as they’re more likely to suffer from muscle and joint pain. SLE patients may also develop an inflammation of skeletal muscles that cause weakness and strength loss.

The joint pain that a person experiences can not always be attricuted to lupus arthritis. Certain medical problems may also complicate the pain or co-exist with SLE. The health problems may include:

·    Bursitis
·    Tendonitis
·    Avascular necrosis of bone
·    Fibromyalgia
·    Other forms of arthritis
·    Infection
·    Muscle injury

There are a number of other factors, other than SLE, that may be associated with joint and muscle pain. It’s always recommended that you consult a doctor rather than speculating as to the cause of the pain you are experiencing.

Muscle and joint pain are best treated if discovered in early stages. In some serious cases, no permanent solution may be available. Some patients may elect to have surgery to have their joints replaced. Joint and muscle pain can have an adverse effect on a person’s level of activity. It’s advised that you avoid such conditions by doing regular exercise, eating an adequate diet, and visiting your physician at the onset of any pain.


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