Sore muscles can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose sore muscles, we could:
|West Nile Virus||2%||Ruled out|
|Muscle Pains||2%||Ruled out|
|Epstein-Barr Virus||0%||Ruled out|
|Vitamin D Need||0%||Ruled out|
|Vitamin A Toxicity||0%||Ruled out|
Do you feel that your muscles are sorer after heavy use than they should be? (Some muscle soreness is normal a day or two after activity to which that muscle is not accustomed.)
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ No, they recover quickly / don't get very sore
→ Yes, probably slightly sorer than they should be
→ Yes, excessive soreness on occasion
→ Yes, they are always excessively sore after use
Muscle Pains (Myalgia) also suggests the following possibilities:
Flu-like illness and muscle aches are generally present in cases of malaria.
To test the effects of vitamin C in preventing muscle soreness, researchers at Western States Chiropractic College gave 3gm of vitamin C to students beginning 3 days before exposing them to the stress of exercise. The vitamin C group developed significantly less muscle soreness than did the control group. [Pain 1992;50: pp.317-21]