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Body ache, treatment and precautions - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   I have been experiencing deep bone/muscle pain for almost a year. It is especially painful at night or while sitting for a long time. The pain is mainly in the long bone of my upper legs, but also hurts along the sides of my shin bones. Sometimes my arms ache as well. The pain isn't sensite to touch, in fact an extremely deep tissue massage helps. Last weekend my foot ached so bad it felt as if I broken a bone in it. My ankle on that foot swelled, and although the pain was gone the following morning, the swelling is still present now a week later... Thanks
Doctor :   Hi
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may i know your age?
User :   55
Doctor :  
since when you are suffering from body ache?
User :   about a year, however, it does seem to be getting worse.
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do you have any other symptoms?
User :   No, I am an active person with very little health problems. I do have celiac sprue but am faithful about keeping to a gluten-free diet.
Doctor :   have you consulted doctor for your bodyache ?

User :   no.. it just seems so vauge, at yet it is there.. I have thought about it, but don't often go to the doctor..
Doctor :  
do you notice any specific period of the day or following any activity the pain increases?
User :   at night, sometimes I can't get to sleep, I massage my legs deeply which helps. Right now, as I sit at the computer, I feel achey in my legs and slight weekness in my arms.. while I am out and about I don't notice it as much.
Doctor :   did you try with any of the pain relief medications

User :   No.. I am a bit adverse to using pain medication, however, advil helps.. I just don't want to cover symptoms, and/or become dependent on them..
Doctor :   have you recently checked your hemoglobin status in the blood ?

User :   no, I have not had blood work done in years.
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Doctor :   may i know your height and weight?
User :   5'7 / 135
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the pain the muscles of the leg and foot which worsens in the night and general feeling of tiredness is all due to deficiency of the micro nutrients
Doctor :   i suggest you to get a physical examination by a doctor and blood work up done since you did not have them for quite long time
Doctor :   in the mean time you can follow this
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you can take advil or motrin for the pain relief
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take vitamin E tablets one per day
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also vitamin D3 800 mg per day
Doctor :   and calcium tablets also
Doctor :   vitamin E should be consumed for atleast 12 to 18 weeks
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and Vitamin D3 and calcium tablet indefinitely
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   Yes, Okay.. that is great, I will start with those vitamines today. I haven't taken supliments before. Now you have me curious..what would a hemogloblin Deficiency point to?
Doctor :   less hemoglobin content is always due to nutritional deficiency
Doctor :   since you have celiac spur there will be some XXXXXXXXabsorption of the vitamins
Doctor :   this may also add up to the nutritional deficiency
User :   Okay.. I am hopeful vitamins are all I need. I should have gone to a doctor earlier, it just seemed silly and too vauge of symptoms. I thought because I had my gluten free diet under control that I would be absorbing everything properly.. but maybe not.
Doctor :   yes there will be some amount of XXXXXXXX absorbtion and it has started showing up as the age advances
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it is better you have a complete blood work up so that the exact status of the defeciency can be made out
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also when you consult a doctor discuss with him regarding the medicine LEVOCARNITINE
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that will improve the muscle strength and also reduces the symptoms of vague muscle pain rapidly
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but its suitability need to be assessed before prescribing it
User :   That drug sounds great.. any side affects? I hate drugs but that sounds good. Thanks for your help.. this is a great service for people who don't' like to go to the doctor.. but I will, and I will start the vitamines today.. appreicate it!
Doctor :  
yeah most commonly the diarrhea, stomach discomfort, since you have celiac spur, the doctor examining will decide the suitability, discuss regarding this with your doctor
User :   okay.. with the good we must have the bad.. I will look into it. Thank you.
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with ?
User :   No, it is nice to have some direction to follow. Thanks very much.
Doctor :  
thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   Good bye.
User :   Good bye
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