Can Arthritis Cause Muscle Pain?

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 05:32 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Can pain that feels like it is in the muscle and not a joint be arthritis?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

No. Arthritis is a medical term for inflammation of the joint space. Muscle pain is different and caused by other factors.
 
There are many forms of arthritis, some of which have very specific blood markers and others that are diagnosed by the presence or absence of symptoms outside of the joint space (such as rheumatoid arthritis).
 
Muscle pain in association with joint inflammation is something that you must discuss with your personal physician, because simple arthritis does not normally result in muscular swelling or pain. Often a blood test called CPK can signal muscular inflammation), and this often serves as a useful marker to follow improvement when dealing with muscular pain and inflammation.
 
High CPK levels may lead to kidney failure.
 
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