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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Aches. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: The exact location and distribution of the aches gives some indication of the underlying disease, e.g. polymyalgia rheumatica occurs more in the muscles of the upper leg and upper arm, temporal arteritis occurs on the scalp, arthritis occurs in joints (different types also occur in different joints).
Why: Muscle strain can present up to 24hours after the initial activity.
Why: Aches which are worse in the morning in muscles may be as a result of polymyalgia rheumatica, excessive exercise or poor warming up and down associated with exercise. Joint aches which are worse in the morning may be rheumatoid arthritis, whilst those which are worse at the end of the day or immediately after a small period of resting may be osteoarthritis.
Why: The pain caused by heart disease, whether it be an infarction or angina, can be felt as an "ache" in either or both shoulders, in the neck and down the arms. Alternatively it might be felt as a "heavy" ache in the chest.
Why: Some conditions which can result in joint aches are genetic and inheritable, such as ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Why: A rash in the shape of a "butterfly" over the nose and face can be indicative of systemic lupus erythematosus which can cause aches.
Why: This may be associated with fibromyalgia which causes generalized chronic aches and pains.
Why: Many causes of aches and pains are more common in older people, and age may play a large factor in the diagnosis that your Health professional makes. For example, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, degenerative arthropathy, temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica all occur more frequently with increasing age.
Why: Depression can be a cause for aches and many other seemingly unrelated physical symptoms.
Why: Weight increase may indicate decreased activity as a result of physical limitation by your aches, or it could be as a result of another condition such as Cushing's disease/Cushing's syndrome. Alternatively, weight loss may be because of such conditions as hyperthyroidism or cancer.
Why: It is important for your Health Professional to know what medications you are currently taking, what you are taking them for, and how much/often you are taking them. Some medications such as corticosteroids can cause myopathies, or other side effects resulting in aches. Your Health Professional may also enquire about medications you have taken in the past as some side effects don't exhibit quickly.
The following list of conditions have 'Aches' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Aches'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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