Assessment
Questionnaire

Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
 

Diagnostic Tests for Muscle aches

Diagnostic Test list for Muscle aches:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Muscle aches includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect muscles involved for muscle wasting which indicates a primary muscle disease, wasting due to disuse or pathology of the nerve supplying the muscle
    • Peripheral nervous system examination including muscular tone, power, reflexes and coordination
    • Feel the pulses in the legs - if reduced or absent should suggest arterial embolism, peripheral atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or obstruction of the abdominal aorta and its branches by.
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Inspect for signs of peripheral vascular disease - e.g. reduced or absent pulses, cool pale extremities, loss of hair on lower feet and legs, ulcers on foot, gangrene of skin on toes.
    • Mental state examination (to detect possible depression) - including appearance, behavior, rate and continuity of speech, mood, affect, thought content, evidence of any hallucinations or abnormal beliefs, orientation to time, place and person, attention and concentration, short-term memory, insight and judgement.
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Electrolytes (to detect low potassium, low sodium and low calcium which may cause generalized muscle aches)
    • ANA autoantibodies to detect systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Muscle enzymes, if suspect muscle disease
    • Trichinella antibodies, if suspected
  • Urine tests
    • 24 hour Urine creatine and Creatinine (if suspect muscle disease)
    • Porphyrins and porphobilinogen, in difficult diagnostic cases
    • 24 hour potassium, sodium or calcium
  • Radiological investigations
    • Doppler studies and arteriography, if peripheral pulses are absent or reduced
  • Muscle biopsy - may be necessary to diagnose dermatomyositis, trichinosis, cysticercosis.
  • Electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies - may be helpful in both muscular disease and peripheral neuropathy.
  • Spinal tap - will help diagnose poliomyelitis, meningitis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Muscle aches causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Muscle aches:

The following list of conditions have 'Muscle 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.

Select from the following alphabetical view of conditions which include a symptom of Muscle aches or choose View All.

View All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Conditions listing medical complications: Muscle aches:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Muscle aches' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise