Polyarthralgia is a medical condition characterized by pain in multiple joints throughout the body. The term "polyarthralgia" is derived from the Greek words "poly," meaning many, "arthro," meaning joint, and "algia," meaning pain. The pain associated with polyarthralgia can be acute or chronic, and can range in severity from mild to debilitating.
Polyarthralgia is often associated with underlying medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or other autoimmune disorders. It can also be caused by infections, such as viral infections, or by trauma to the joints. In some cases, polyarthralgia may be idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown.
Symptoms of polyarthralgia may include pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion in multiple joints throughout the body. The joints may be tender to the touch and may feel warm or hot. Other symptoms may include fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
Treatment for polyarthralgia depends on the underlying cause of the condition. In cases where an underlying medical condition is present, treating that condition may help to relieve the symptoms of polyarthralgia. Treatment may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or other medications to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and lifestyle modifications may also be recommended to help manage the symptoms of polyarthralgia.