General Body Pain: Pain is nature’s way of telling you something is wrong. If you have pain that affects your entire body, you may suffer from some systemic condition. Various conditions can cause pain throughout the body. Some are minor and temporary and will resolve on their own. Other conditions may be chronic and require medical attention. The varied conditions often involve the immune system, and almost always involve the musculoskeletal system in some capacity, as pain receptors are embedded in musculoskeletal tissues. You can ascertain some of the possible causes of your general body pain by identifying precipitating events, symptom duration and co-occurring symptoms.
Symptoms: General body pain can vary in its expression and severity depending on the cause. It may take the form of dull aches, stiffness, sharp pains or burning, searing pain. Secondary symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, low endurance and sleep disturbance. The symptoms may occur generally or may be more severe in a particular part of the body. Some conditions cause pain that travels from one location to another. If the pain is chronic, it likely is aggravated by factors such as muscular exertion, fatigue, humidity, temperature, barometric pressure and emotional stress.
Chronic Conditions:Fibromylagia, fibrositis, bursitis, lupus, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis are all autoimmune diseases that are marked by chronic, sometimes severe, joint and muscle pain. In an autoimmune diseases the immune system attacks parts of the body as if they were foreign invaders that pose a threat to the body. Though symptoms and causes of these conditions vary, all involve some sort of immune system dysfunction that creates excessive systemic inflammation, especially in and around joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. In lupus, skin, organs and muscles become inflamed, while in multiple sclerosis the immune system attacks and destroys the sheath that covers nerve cells.
Generalized body pain can also result from neurological or psychiatric conditions. Neuropathy is a condition where nerve cells in the body (peripheral nerves) deteriorate and malfunction. Depression and somatization disorder are psychiatric conditions that can include symptoms of generalized body pain.
The treatments for chronic pain are as diverse as the causes. From over-the-counter and prescription drugs to mind/body techniques to acupuncture, if one approach doesn’t work, another one might. But when it comes to treating chronic pain, no single technique is guaranteed to produce complete pain relief. Relief may be found by using a combination of treatment options.
The above write up is published on our site courtesy of Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru.
Dr Maureen is a medical doctor with many years in practice and has an undying passion for dissemination of health knowledge to the public. One striking feature that cuts across all her articles is the ability to present a complex medical condition in an easy to understand manner for the readers.
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