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Muscle pain Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Muscle pain. 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had muscle pains?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Which muscles in the body are painful?

    Why: to determine if focal or generalized.

  3. Are the muscle pains transient or persistent?

    Why: If transient, may be due to fever, injury, fatigue, anxiety or after extensive physical work-outs.

  4. History of injury or trauma?

    Why: may suggest muscular strain or sprain as cause for muscle pain.

  5. Exercise history?

    Why: excessive physical work-outs or unaccustomed exercise may commonly cause muscle pains.

  6. Age of patient?

    Why: children can experience "growing pains" which are usually related to excessive exercise or trauma from sport. The pains are intermittent and symmetrical and deep in the legs, usually in the front of the thighs or calves. They typically occur at night in bed and last for 30-60 minutes.

  7. Risk factors for leg muscle cramps?

    Why: e.g. pregnancy, motor neurone disease, low sodium, hemodialysis, renal failure, diabetes, dehydration, thyroiditis, after exertion in a hot environment (heat cramps).

  8. Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease?

    Why: e.g. cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, family history - may indicate intermittent claudication as cause for leg pain.

  9. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Fibromyalgia may be associated with anxiety, depression, tension headache and irritable bowel syndrome; chronic fatigue syndrome and depression may be associated with generalized muscle aches and pains; hypothyroidism; diabetes (if undiagnosed or poorly controlled).

  10. Medications?

    Why: diuretic medications, some high blood pressure medications and certain cholesterol lowering medications may cause muscle aches and pains.

  11. Fever?

    Why: muscle pains with a fever may suggest Dengue fever, poliomyelitis, Bornholm disease, acute trichinosis, viral influenza or meningitis. Almost any other febrile illness may cause muscle pains.

  12. Muscle weakness or paralysis?

    Why: Focal weakness or paralysis may suggest poliomyelitis. Generalised weakness or paralysis may suggest porphyria, polyneuritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome or dermatomyositis.

  13. Symptoms of fibromyalgia?

    Why: e.g. a history of widespread pain (from neck to lower back), poor sleep pattern, fatigue. May be associated with anxiety, depression, tension headache, irritable bowel syndrome.

  14. Symptoms of polymyositis and dermatomyositis?

    Why: e.g. muscle weakness, especially in thighs and upper arms, muscle aches and pains, joint pain, Raynaud's phenomenon, difficulty with swallowing. Dermatomyositis also features a characteristic violet colored rash over the eyelids, forehead, cheeks, hands, knees and elbows.

  15. Symptoms of chronic peripheral vascular disease?

    Why: e.g. pain in buttock, thigh and calf, especially when walking up hills and stairs; persistent fatigue over the whole lower limb; impotence is possible. If severe, pain may occur at rest especially at night.

  16. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt. A range of somatic (physical) symptoms not uncommonly occur with depression such as muscle aches and pains, headache, constipation, indigestion, weight loss, dry mouth, unusual pains or sensations in the chest and abdomen. Depression can be associated with many illnesses but it is important to realize that these somatic symptoms may be the presentation of depressive illness.

  17. Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome?

    Why: e.g. extreme exhaustion with minimal physical effort, acing in the muscles and legs, poor concentration and memory, excessive sleep, waking feeling tired, emotional lability, joint pain, sore throat, tender swollen lymph nodes.

  18. Symptoms of acute lower limb ischemia?

    Why: e.g. sudden severe leg pain, pallor of skin, paresthesia or numbness of lower leg, paralysis or weakness of leg.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Muscle pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Muscle pain' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Muscle pain:

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