Body Aches

Body Aches

What are Body Aches

Body aches or pains are a common symptom for many things, from tiredness and exercise, to medical conditions.


Body aches and sore muscles from exercise are normal. But, if body aches are due to a medical condition, there may be other symptoms that accompany body aches.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain in a specific spot or area on the body
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Shivers or chills
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms


There are many potential causes for body aches.

Potential causes include:

  • Infections and virus like the cold or flu
  • Blood flow problems
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS)
  • Thyroid problems
  • Fluid retention
  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Certain medications
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyositis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Lyme disease
  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of sleep


Proper treatment depends on the cause of the body aches, as well as a proper diagnosis. Since body aches are such a common symptom, getting an accurate diagnosis from a doctor will be crucial to properly treat and relieve the pain.

When to see a Medical Doctor

To effectively treat body aches, it’s important to understand the cause; speaking to a doctor is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis.

If you suffer from sudden, or on-going, persistent body aches where the reasons are unknown to you, speak to a doctor as soon as you can.

Also, if you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition, or have a family history of one, or have experienced similar pain before, speak to a doctor, as sudden pain may be a sign of a medical condition.