Aching Muscles: Lyme Disease Could Hold the Answers

Aching muscles from time to time is usually no big deal, especially if you’ve just started a new exercise or training program or are fighting off a virus. Now, if you start getting chronic muscle aches that just won’t go away, it may be time to investigate further. We all experience aching muscles at various stages of our lives, just a part of getting older; however, it might surprise you to learn that it could be due to Lyme disease.  

Cause of Muscle Aches 

There is a plethora of reasons why your muscles ache, so finding the underlying cause of it should be your first step.  

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome 
  • Lupus 
  • Myofascial pain syndrome 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) 
  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Muscle cramp (restless leg syndrome, cardiovascular exercise) 
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever 
  • Influenza (flu) 
  • Lyme disease 

Lyme disease carries with it aching muscles that may have no other cause, but so does other illness and disease, so getting the correct diagnosis is crucial. 

Get Relief from Aching Muscles 

Once a Lyme diagnosis has been reached, you can get muscle ache relief from a variety of sources. It is best to discuss the following with your doctor to ensure you get the proper treatment for your case.  

  • NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Aspirin) Anti-inflammatory drugs help to reduce aches and pain due to Lyme. Combining Tylenol and an NSAIDs can produce a greater effect. 
  • Antibiotics—as stated above, if the muscle aches are from an exaggerated immune response, a course of doxycycline or amoxicillin will usually reduce the pain. 
  • Pain-relieving cream, such as Icy/Hot, Tiger Balm, or pain patches that have medicine infused within it. 
  • CBD oil—Cannabis oil has shown great promise in helping with pain. You can get relief in the oil itself or in a cream. 
  • And more.  

Contact Premier Health and Holistic Medicine for Help 

Aching muscles can affect your life and reduce the joy of living, but there is help and hope for your suffering. If you need medical help with the symptoms of Lyme disease that include aching muscles, please contact Premier Health and get a consultation with Dr. Ridinger today.  

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