Autoimmune conditions, some of which include lupus, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes affect over millions of Americans. Achy muscle and joint pain are typical symptoms, along with morning stiffness, limited range of motion, and migratory pain. Muscles and joint pain in patients with autoimmune disorders are due to a misdirected immune response. The immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissues, like the joints and connective tissues. Achy muscles are caused by both inflammation and the destruction of tissue, leading to problems with mobility. If you are struggling with achy muscles and are diagnosed with autoimmune disease, be sure to schedule your consultation with us at your earliest convenience.
Achy Muscles & Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune conditions can develop when the body is working hard to fight off an infection, allergen, or something else potentially dangerous. When the immune system stops recognizing what is foreign to the body, it turns the antibodies against what they should be protecting.
Other Symptoms of Autoimmune Conditions
Along with achy muscles, some patients typically experience morning stiffness, joint pain, limited range of motion, and migratory pain. With some patients, the pain and stiffness can lessen once they get up and moving, depending on the disorder. Pain from autoimmune disorders can be described as chronic, acute, stiffness, and symmetrical or asymmetrical.
Treatment for Achy Muscles
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help ease joint pain and achy muscles. Acetaminophen has also worked to relieve pain and swelling. And even though the pain can slow you down, staying in motion will help prevent additional joint pain.
It’s important to work with one of our providers to review your treatment options to better help you manage any pain. We may prescribe corticosteroids, which can be taken orally or by injection, or a stronger pain medication for you to take during flare-ups. Antirheumatic medicine, like antimalarials, can be useful in managing pain and other symptoms.
If your quality of life has been affected by achy muscles from autoimmune disease, be sure to schedule your consultation with one of our providers. We look forward to helping you achieve a greater peace of mind.