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February 8, 2016
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor
and Featured Columnist



Muscle pain is unfortunately a fact of life. When you’ve
overdone it at the gym your muscles feel sore and tired.
Working too hard and looking after young children makes
your muscles ache, and stress can cause your muscles to
seize up. But what about when you experience shooting pain
in your muscles? Is it a sign of something serious? Why are
you getting sharp, fierce pain in your muscles and how can
you make it stop?

What is a Shooting Pain in the Muscles?

Everyone is different, and pain is experienced differently by
individuals, but a shooting pain can broadly be described as
an intense pain. The pain shoots or travels quickly around
the muscle or the body. A shooting pain can be brief or
sustained, and it can affect one muscle or many.

Shooting pains in the muscles can affect the neck, legs, back,
hands, and feet. Because there are so many different ways
to experience this shooting type of pain, it is difficult to pin
down the cause.

What Could Cause Shooting Pains in the Muscles?

The most common and, thankfully, the least serious reason
for a shooting pain in the muscles is simply overuse or a
minor injury.

If you have used your muscles more strenuously recently, or
you suffered an injury, this is likely to be the cause of the
shooting pain. This type of shooting pain is usually
experienced in one muscle or one set of muscles.

However, if the shooting pain radiates across the body and
affects multiple muscles, it could be caused by an infection,
illness, or reaction to medication. For example, intermittent
claudication, dystonia, influenza, Lyme disease, rheumatoid
arthritis, and various viral infections can all cause shooting
muscle pain.

Certain other conditions that affect many aspects of the
body and mind may cause a shooting pain in the muscles
including
chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia,
hypothyroidism and lupus.

Should I See a Doctor for Shooting Pain in my Muscles?





























Often a shooting pain in the muscles can be relieved with
home care including ice, rest, and elevation of the affected
muscle.

But you have to pay close attention to your symptoms. If
you experience dizziness, trouble breathing, extreme muscle
weakness, or a high fever then you should see a doctor
immediately.

Similarly, if the muscle pain lasts longer than a week or you
have other signs of infection around a muscle, it is important
to get it checked out.

We looked at the latest scientific studies to see what you can
do – naturally – to help cure shooting pains in the muscles
caused by a variety of conditions.


1.
Fibromyalgia Can Cause Shooting Pain in the Muscles

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition where symptoms include
deep and shooting muscle pain, tender points all over the
body, fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety, and overall stiffness.
Pain in the muscles can be deep and shooting, sharp,
throbbing, or dull.

One unlikely treatment for fibromyalgia comes in the form of
capsaicin, the element that puts the heat into cayenne
peppers.

A 1995 study from Brooke Army Medical Center, San
Antonio, Texas on 45 people found that topical capsaicin
cream rubbed into the tender points on the body can reduce
pain in the muscles and overall.

2.
Shooting Pain in the Muscles May Be Caused By Anxiety

Nerve impulses cause a muscle to tighten and when the
nerve impulse stops, the muscle relaxes. When suffering
from anxiety, this procedure doesn’t work so well, and the
body experiences a stress response that causes muscles to
tighten and behave more erratically, often causing a
shooting pain.

There are many strategies and remedies that can help
anxiety, and it is important to get an overall checkup when
you are dealing with symptoms like shooting muscle pain
that could be caused by anxiety.

The herb valerian is known to be helpful for dealing with
symptoms of anxiety. In a 2002 study from Universidade
Federal do Paraná, Brazil 36 people with generalized anxiety
disorder took valerian, valium, or placebo for four weeks –
the results show that valerian was helpful for treating
symptoms of anxiety.

3.
Cure Shooting Pains in the Muscles Caused by Neuralgia

Neuralgia is a sharp, shooting pain that follows the path of
the affected nerve and can cause muscle pain and stiffness.
This condition comes about due to nerve damage or
irritation; a common neuralgia is shingles.

Again, capsaicin is believed to be of benefit for treating the
pain related to post-shingles neuralgia.

A 2008 study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
shows how a patch containing a high concentration of
capsaicin significantly improves pain symptoms compared to
a low-concentration patch.

4.
Multiple Sclerosis Can Cause Shooting Muscle Pain

The Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence says that around
two thirds of people with MS will experience some levels of
pain during their lifetime, including a sharp and shooting
pain in the muscles.

A shooting muscle pain is directly linked to the MS itself or to
the effects of MS disability on the muscles which are being
overused.

While there are no direct remedies for multiple sclerosis,
linoleic acid --- an omega-6 fatty acid --- may help.

Two trials in the 1970s (Millar JH, Zilkha KJ, Langman MJ, et
al, 1973 and Bates D, Fawcett PR, Shaw DA, et al, 1978)
found that patients taking linoleic acid had less severe
attacks of multiple sclerosis symptoms and suffered less from
muscle pain.

5.
Shooting Pain in the Muscles as a Result of Claudication

Claudication or intermittent claudication is pain mainly in the
legs and the arms caused by too little blood flow.

You may experience a shooting pain in the feet, legs,
buttocks or hips when you exercise, and the pain may persist
when you are at rest as the condition progresses.

Ginkgo is said to help improve circulation and reduce the
pain of claudication. According to a 2000 study from the
University of Exeter in the UK, gingko improved pain-free
walking distance compared to placebo.

6.
Remedy Lupus to Prevent Shooting Pain in your Muscles

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that includes symptoms of
fever, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, and rash.

The hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be
helpful for treating the symptoms of lupus, including muscle
pain, as part of an overall treatment plan for the condition.

According to a paper by Mease PJ, Merrill JT, Lahita R, et al
presented at the Endocrine Society’s 82nd Annual Meeting;
Toronto, Canada, DHEA was more effective than placebo at
reducing symptoms of lupus.

7.
Treat Sprains and Strains to Get Rid of Shooting Pain in
the Muscles

Many times the cause of shooting pain in the muscles is a
strain or sprain sustained during exercise or everyday use of
the muscle.

You can help relieve the pain by resting the muscle, icing it,
compressing the muscle to reduce swelling, and elevating the
leg or foot if the legs are affected. Proteolytic enzymes may
be able to reduce swelling and inflammation when taken
orally, according to studies like a 1990 study by M Baumuller
which also involved participants taking bioflavonoids.







































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