Myalgia, a term denoting muscle pain, can manifest in various forms and severely disrupt everyday life. Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc., a renowned specialist in facial pain and oral diseases in Los Angeles, provides a detailed understanding of this condition, utilizing his extensive experience and specialist knowledge.
Myalgia: A Closer Look
Myalgia refers to muscle pain and can occur anywhere in the body. When it affects the facial muscles, it often falls under the broader category of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMDs). It may be caused by overuse or strain, an injury to the muscle, or may be associated with systemic conditions such as fibromyalgia or certain infections.
Symptoms can range from localized pain and tenderness to more generalized discomfort, stiffness, or weakness in the affected muscles.
Recognizing myalgia involves observing common symptoms such as continuous or intermittent muscle pain, tenderness, or fatigue, particularly when chewing or opening the mouth wide. In some instances, the pain may radiate to nearby areas, leading to headaches or neck pain.