Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Arthritis Cause Muscle Pain?

By    |   Friday, 10 Jan 2014 05:32 PM

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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