A to Z: Myalgiaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about causes of muscle pain and conditions that affect muscles and muscle groups.myalgia, myoneuralgia, muscle pain, muscle aches, fibromyalgia, overuse injuries, stress, muscle trauma, pulled muscles, muscle strains, influenza, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome11/06/201204/10/201909/02/20199d3492a6-fe1b-42f9-a4ea-3a1419747f37https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-myalgia.html/<p><em>May also be called: Muscle Pain; Muscle Aches; Myoneuralgia</em></p> <p>Myalgia (my-AL-ja) is pain or tenderness in a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">muscle</a> or group of muscles.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Many things can cause pain in specific muscles, including stress, using the muscle too much, or a minor injury. This type of myalgia often happens after athletic activity or doing a job that requires physical exertion. Sometimes, muscle pain can be a symptom of a condition that affects the whole body, such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fibromyalgia.html/">fibromyalgia</a> (which causes widespread muscle pain, headaches, and fatigue), the flu, and&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cfs.html/">chronic fatigue syndrome</a>. Certain medications and drugs also can cause it.</p> <p>When myalgia is a result of stress, overuse, or injury, treatment usually involves resting the affected muscles, doing only low-impact aerobic exercise, and using anti-inflammatory medications, compresses, and massage. Muscle pain caused by a disease is managed by treating the underlying condition. If myalgia is caused by a medication, treatment usually involves stopping use of the medication or decreasing the dosage.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most simple cases of myalgia can be treated at home and will clear up on their own within a few days. These cases can often be prevented by staying well hydrated and stretching before and after physical activities.</p> <p>Muscle pain that lasts longer than a few days, is severe, or is associated with other symptoms may require medical attention but generally responds well to treatment.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
FibromyalgiaThe chronic condition fibromyalgia causes widespread pain in the muscles, joints, and other areas of the body. Lifestyle changes and other strategies can help kids who have it feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fibromyalgia.html/783652d6-707d-4130-9ae7-87d13bf969b0
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StretchingYou may have heard mixed things about stretching before working out. Here are the cold, hard facts on warming up, stretching, and cooling down.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stretching.html/a43b4d2c-2505-4d43-a9a7-feb8cc13cb14