What is the difference between muscle pain and nerve pain?

If the pain is dull and persistent after an injury, it could be muscle pain. Nerve pain occurs when a health condition damages the nerves that carry sensation to the brain.  Nerve pain can feel like shooting pain or a burning sensation.

It’s not fun to be in pain. It’s even more difficult if your pain persists or doesn’t go away. It can be difficult to describe your pain to your doctor, or any other person, especially if it isn’t clear what type of pain you have or how you feel.

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain also known as neuropathic pain and can develop if the nervous system is damaged. Nerve pain can present in many forms, but the most common is:

  • Dullness
  • Pins and needles or tingling
  • Sharp sensations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity increases
  • Burning pain
  • Stabbing, shooting pain
  • Paralysis

These symptoms are most common in the neck, back, or limbs. Chronic nerve pain can be both permanent and ongoing. Because the nerve is damaged, it doesn’t disappear by itself.

What causes nerve pain in the brain?

Nerve pain can be caused either by injury to the spine or brain or the nerves themselves. Nerve pain can also occur as a result of illness. Nerve pain can also be caused by:

  • Infections, including Shingles
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cancer, and its associated treatments

Although these conditions don’t necessarily cause nerve pain, they can increase your chances of developing it. Another condition, fibromyalgia is when nerve pain is the primary symptom and there are no other underlying conditions.

How can nerve pain be treated?

There are many treatment options for nerve pain. However, they all start with the underlying condition if one is present. There are also other treatment options:

  • Both prescription and over the-counter painkillers are available.
  • Exercise
  • Acupuncture/acupressure
  • Physical therapy

QUESTION

Medically speaking, “myalgia”, refers to which type of pain?

ANSWER

According to John Hopkins:  Myalgia describes muscle aches and pain, which can involve ligaments, tendons and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones and organs. Injuries, trauma, overuse, tension, certain drugs and illnesses can all bring about myalgia.

Muscle Pain

Muscle pain also known as musculoskeletal problem affects your muscles and bones, ligaments, nerves, and sometimes nerves. The pain may be localized or spread to other areas. The cause of muscle pain can be either long-term chronic pain or an injury.

What causes muscle pain in the body?

Muscle pain can be caused by inflammation or swelling. This can happen due to injury or overuse. Muscle pain can be caused by injuries such as sports injuries, falls, and accidents in cars. This type of injury can cause chronic pain that recurs over a long time, especially if the injury is not treated immediately.

Overuse of muscles can also cause muscle pain, which is very common in the West. You may experience lower back pain if you work in a physically demanding occupation, such as construction or warehouse work. You can also experience muscle pain from your office job. For example, sitting down and staring at a computer can cause stiffness due to lack of movement.

How can you treat muscle pain?

There are many options for treating muscle pain. They’re similar to those used to treat nerve pain.

  • Both prescription and over-the counter painkillers
  • Exercise, especially stretching
  • Acupressure and massage
  • Physical therapy

There may be other options available for patients suffering from nerve pain depending on the severity and cause of your pain. Talk to your doctor to discuss your pain relief options.

 

Nerve Pain vs. Muscle Pain

Your doctor will ask you when and how the pain started. Your doctor will also ask you to describe what kind of pain you are experiencing. If the pain is dull and persistent after an injury, it could be muscle pain. Nerve pain is likely to be the cause of your persistent or sudden pain.

You should contact your doctor if you are experiencing any type of pain. They can help you identify the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan. They might prescribe pain medication or help you create an exercise program to relieve your pain. They may refer you to a specialist, or a physical therapist.

 

 

Sources:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/myalgia#:~:text=Myalgia%20describes%20muscle%20aches%20and,can%20all%20bring%20about%20myalgia.
https://www.medicinenet.com/shingles_herpes_zoster/article.htm
https://www.medicinenet.com/pain_management_musculoskeletal_pain/article.htm
https://www.medicinenet.com/nerve_pain_pictures_slideshow/article.htm
https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/nerve-pain#:~:text=Nerve%20pain%2C%20also%20called%20neuralgia,from%20other%20kinds%20of%20pain.

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