myopathy

myopathy / myositis / muscle aches and pains

introduction

  • patients with acute onset generalised aches and pains should be initially worked up to exclude underlying sepsis / septicaemia, even if they are afebrile (consider WCC, CRP, blood cultures, etc) or viraemia such as influenza
  • patients who have spent prolonged periods on hard surfaces should have a creatinine kinase (CK) to exclude rhabdomyolysis
  • patients on statins may have statin-induced myopathy which typically presents as pain in thighs - these patients have a raised creatinine kinase (CK) and should have their statin medication ceased.

differential diagnoses of acute muscle aches and pains

myopathy.txt · Last modified: 2013/10/20 00:50 by gary1