What could be causing my muscle pain?

Ellie49 asked...

I am having muscle pain generally all over my body. This has been an ongoing problem for the last month or so and seems to be getting worse. I am female and 59 years old, and in basic good health.

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Many health problems can cause muscle pain and achiness.  Common causes of generalized muscle pain include autoimmune diseases, electrolyte imbalances, depression, medication side effects, and viral infections.  Since you have had this problem for more than one month, and it has not gone away on its own, you should get checked out by your health care provider to see what is going on with you.