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Musculoskeletal pain

I have been experiencing pain in my left side for several months now and have had a variety of blood tests and other tests done with nothing detected. My GP has put it down to musculoskeletal pain and told me to take pain killers but this isn't solving the issue long term. Any advise on this would be appreciated.

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The answer

Muscular skeleton pain affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, over use or repetitive motions.

There are various types of musculoskeletal pain such as bone pain, muscle pain, tendon and ligament pain, joint pain, "tunnel" syndromes- caused by the nerve compression. Fibromyalgia is a condition that may cause pain in the muscle, tendons, or ligaments.

The treatment of the musculoskeletal pain is aimed at treating the cause, as described above. Pain killers are used widely however the input of the physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopath is very beneficial in certain situations. Using heat or cold therapy in the affected area as well the stretching exercises are also used. Injections with anesthetic or anti –inflammatory medications in or around the painful areas can also be recommended by a specialist or a family doctor. Therapeutic massage is also another alternative to alleviate the pain.

We suggest you discuss your situation again with your GP and ask what other therapies or treatments he might suggest, and decide which one is suitable for your.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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