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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   In the last week I have woken up and have felt like my hands have been somewhat swollen and very very weak. They go numb easily, even if I don't have them lifted. It is not just my hands, my whole bodies muscles feel weak. A few weeks ago my dr gave me flexeril for back pain that was causing headaches and sciatic pain. Could that be what's effecting my muscles? I spent the better part of 2 days just sleeping because I literally had no strength to be up and doing things.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   Your age?
User :   37
Doctor :   Are you a diabetic?
User :   this weakness reminds me of when I was in the hospital in premature labor and they had me on magnesium sulfate
User :   No, I am not
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Was the hospital visit recent?
User :   No, had two preemies and the last one was 16 months ago
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I would suggest you to get an blood routine first
Doctor :   As your symptoms are more pertaning to weakness mostly due to Anaemia
Doctor :   As compared to age and previous history this should be the major concern'
Doctor :   Do you invlove in outdoor activity?
Doctor :   And also get your sugar levels checked
User :   Yes, I am physically active. I have a 16 month old and 2.5 year old. I am always running
Doctor :   Thats good
Doctor :   Your occupation
User :   I am seeing my doc on thursday, I just wasn't sure if I should keep taking the muscle relaxer
User :   I don't work outside of the home. There's 2 older kids also, 13 and 11.
Doctor :   Muscle relaxants wont cause swelling or numbness
Doctor :   'Rather will have feeling of freeness
Doctor :   The other probable cause are nerve compression
User :   okay, my hands don't look swollen, they just feel tight, like I can't make a fist
Doctor :   Due to improper work position / during sleep
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Does swelling subside in the night
Doctor :   Is there any weakness associated
User :   no, it has stayed like this almost constantly for the last week.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Then i would suggest you to get examined oince
User :   This morning it was almost impossible for me to get my daughters amoxicillin bottle opened
Doctor :   For your betterment
User :   okay, you think the flexeril is still okay at night?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Thats should rather make you better
User :   okay, that's what I needed to know
User :   it keeps the sciatic pain away and I haven't been having headaches so in that aspect it is doing what it should be doing
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you?
User :   Nope, I think that is it
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   bye
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