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RA and Muscle Pain

Community Question – I’m recently diagnosed with RA and started medication a few weeks ago. Every muscle in my body hurts. Is this type of muscle pain normal? Will the medication help?

Response from Andrew Lumpe:

lumpe-andrew-thumbSorry for you recent diagnosis. Find good and accurate reading material about RA like at, find good support systems, and find a good rheumatologist. To answer your question, yes, muscles can hurt as a result of RA. When the joints are impacted, muscles can be impacted also since they are attached to joints. RA is about more than just joints. (Learn more: RA Impacts Much More Than Bones & Joints). In addition, some medicines like statins for cholesterol can cause muscle pain. You might mention it to your doctor. – Andrew

Response from Mariah Z. Leach:

DSC_0855So sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. Having been there myself I know that it can be a difficult thing to process. As Andrew says, muscles can certainly be affected because they are attached to the joints. It can sometimes be a long and frustrating process to find a treatment that works to address the issues in your joints. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to deal with muscle pain – for example I like to take a hot bath with epsom salts when my muscles hurt, or sometimes I find a massage to be very helpful. Hang in there and remember that we are here to support you! – Mariah


  • Ella C
    5 years ago

    For years I didn’t believe Epsom salts would help me. When I finally broke down and tried it in a bath I was amazed. It really takes the edge off when the muscle pain is unrelenting (even after taking Soma and Vicodin). For me, the effects last a couple of hours. I can’t believe I waited so long to try it.

  • gracie douglas
    6 years ago

    i have been diagnosed with polymyalgia arteritis every muscle in my body is inflamed it effects the large muscle groups etc. shoulders hips goees down into the bursa sachs i lock up sometimes can’t move have a low grade fever fatigue just feel ill all over i was prescribed bacolfen predinsone i would like like some info from other readers on this subject

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Gracie~
    Polymyalgia arteritis has some similar symptoms to RA but has a different source and treatments. You will probably find better information at a website specifically designed for that specific diagnosis. Best of luck to you!

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