If you are experiencing body aches without any associated fever, there are a number of things that could be causing the condition. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to narrow down exactly what your health issue might be without some other symptoms to provide clues. However, you can assess recent your recent activities to possibly discern the cause of your condition.
First, body aches can be associated with the onset of a virus such as influenza or the common cold. At an early stage of infection, you might not experience any fever. Generalized body aches are commonly associated with viral infections of various sorts. If you recently came into contact with a person that has a contagious virus, there is a chance that they have passed their infection on to you. However, without additional symptoms or risk factors to assess, it is unlikely that you can definitively determine if a virus is the cause of your condition.
Body aches can also be caused by overexertion at the gym. If you have a poorly designed workout schedule, or are not letting muscle groups have sufficient ‘cool down’ time between workout sessions, you are likely to find yourself in a considerable amount of pain. When working out, one should always be sure to rotate and alternate between the muscle groups that are worked out between consecutive days. Working out the same muscle groups twice in a row can lead to significant stress on muscle tissues, as it has had inadequate time to recover from the previous workout. This is not a desirable practice. In addition to the discomfort that it produces, this can also lead to muscle damage, and sometimes irreversible damage that causes chronic pain. Some people also find that working out a variety of muscle groups located in different areas of the body generates an uncomfortable body ache. If this is the case for you, you might benefit from a workout schedule that alternates between upper body and lower body exercises. Of course, even if you have a well-designed workout plan, you can still cause yourself to experience unusual body aches by overexerting yourself at the gym. Make sure that you know your limits, and don’t push too far past them. Be certain that you don’t overexert yourself by allowing emotions like anger or rage to overpower a clearheaded approach to your workout. Obviously, it goes without saying that if you’ve been neglecting your workout routine, which you will probably be experiencing aches when you return to the routine.
Generalized body aches can also result from an improper sleeping surface. Consider your bed – do you often find it difficult to fall asleep because of a general feeling of discomfort, or do you find yourself waking up with a bizarre combination of aches and pains? The quality of your bedding material might be causing you discomfort. It might be worth trying out various sorts of mattress designs and softness at a furniture store or bed specialty store in order to determine if you might improve the quality of your sleep.
While we are on the topic of sleep, it is also important to note that waking up with a general body aches can be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea, whereby the normal breathing process is disrupted during sleep. Aside from negatively affecting sleep quality (those that suffer from sleep apnea often feel as if they can never awaken fully rested) the condition can also cause effects such as body aches, headaches when awakening, and a feeling of tightness in the chest when awakening. If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, it is important that you consult a doctor. Aside from causing annoying symptoms such as snoring and snorting during sleep, it is also a cause of death. Some individuals that suffer from sleep apnea simply stop breathing, without ever resuming breathing as they normally might. Thankfully, the condition is reasonably simple to treat.
Generalized body aches without fever can also be the result of a condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition where severe fatigue greatly affects quality of life. This condition – usually exacerbated by physical exertion or mental exertion – can also include body aches as a symptom. This condition is often associated with a handful of other symptoms – such a recurring sore throat, tender lymph nodes, headaches, malaise, and un-refreshing sleep. However, this condition is relatively rare.
Generalized body aches can also be the result of improper nutrition. Your diet might be lacking in essential amino acids, protein, or nutrients such as potassium. This is especially the case if you have an unbalanced diet, but maintain an athletic lifestyle. When working out on a regular basis, running, jogging, or playing sports, it is important that you mind your body’s need for proper nutrition. Try eating a bit healthier than you normally do, and take a multivitamin supplement for a few days. See if this helps resolve your issues. In addition, eating a banana when your muscles are aching can help relieve some of the pain, as the high potassium content of the banana helps soothe your muscles.
If you feel that you must take an over-the-counter pain pill in order to deal with your body aches, you will probably have the most success with an NSAID, or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These include medicines like naproxen sodium (Aleve), and ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). These drugs help relieve the inflammation that might be causing your pain. Drugs such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) work by inhibiting pain, whereas if your aches are caused by inflammation, the NSAIDs can help relieve the root cause of the pain rather than simply masking it. Regardless, if you must take over the counter medications for several days in a row to control your body ache pain, or regularly take medications to do so, it is important that you make an appointment with a physician. Long-term body aches can signal underlying health conditions that require professional medical attention.