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I have had a sudden onset of symmetric muscle pain across

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I have had a sudden onset of symmetric muscle pain across the forearms, upper arms and thighs after being ill for some time. It feels like they're sprained or bruised but have no visible signs. I woke up with this pain two mornings ago, and while my strength is unaffected, simply lifting a laptop causes a lot of pain. It has gotten worse overnight. I've done no exercise, lifted no weight and been largely sedentary.
I have had a debilitating cold for a week and have been taking paracetamol, ibuprofen, decongestants and difflam throat spray all within recommended dosages. I have been constantly coughing for days and have some upper groin pain as though a hernia is forming but this is mild and I get it whenever I have prolonged coughing fits.
Never experienced symptoms like this in the limbs, does it ring any bells? Should I wait a while or see a GP? Thanks!

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you. I am a board certified consultant with over 30 years of experience.

This can be a post viral myalgia.

Myalgia without a traumatic history is often due to viral infections.

Still further testing should also be considered like

Serum Uric Acid

R.A Factor





Chest X-Ray(P.A View)

Serum Electrolytes

Also in cases of electrolyte imbalance muscular pain and spasm can occur.

You should monitor your vitals like BP,Pulse,Body temperature.

Also you can use heating pads and it can help in pain management.

Steam Inhalation can be helpful in case of chronic cough.

OTC NSAID like paracetamol, ibuprofen can be taken for pain management.

Oral Rehydration Therapy can be helpful.

Let me know if you have any further query so we can discuss it thoroughly in every aspect.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the reply. Currently I think taking some neurofen, monitoring the pain and waiting for other symptoms to pass would work for me. How long should I wait before it's time to see a GP, should symptoms continue?

Probably if your vitals are normal like BP,Pulse,Body Temperature you can wait for 3-4 days to see if your symptoms improve.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Warm tea.

If symptoms are persistent you can visit your GP for further workup.

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