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When to Call A Doctor

Make an appointment to see your doctor if you have:

  • Muscle weakness that doesn't go away

  • A red or purple rash on your face that doesn't go away or scaly patches on your knuckles

  • Muscle aches that don't go away with rest and nonprescription pain medication

  • A lump in any muscle, especially if you also have a fever or other symptoms

  • Muscle pain and weakness that begin after you start taking a new medication

Call your doctor immediately if:

  • You have a fever together with muscle pain and weakness

  • You have a muscle that becomes hot, painful, swollen and stiff

  • Your child complains of severe leg pain and has trouble walking

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