Suggest treatment for muscle stiffness and weakness when diagnosed with fibromyalgia

Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 in Brain and Spine
Question: I really hope you could help, I'm really scared...For over a year I've had episodes where my muscles hurt, feel stiff and weak. It lasts a few days, goes away and returns a few weeks later. I have visited my GP twice, 2 rhuematologists, neurologist and an orthopedic Dr. I was tested for tick borne illness, RA, Lupus,thyroid and had a CBC,x-rays, echocardiogram and test for vitamins. All normal. It disappeared for 6 weeks in the summer , but came back. The last episode I had did not completely go away, it left my right leg so weak/stiff I feel like I over exercised. In addition, i'm fatigued and I have been getting hot flashes regardless of temperature. I started physical therapy- simple exercises- and now my legs feel shaky all the time. I am due to go back to the neurologist in December- I can't go sooner because of insurance. I'm terrified of MS or ALS. I'm so scared that it is consuming my life. Can you please offer a perspective?
Answered by Dr. Rajaram KG 2 hours later
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Hello XXXXXXX Thank you for posting your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your condition sounds miserable.
Well if the neurologist has ruled out MS and ALS, it is an unlikely diagnosis .So be rest assured .
And your work up has ruled out connective tissue disorder also.
I feel you could be suffering from a problem called fibromyalgia where symptoms like these appear frequently.
Have you checked your Vitamin D levels till now?
Are you having small painful points all over the body?
I advise you to see a physiotherapist and get trigger point release done it should surely help you
Best wishes
Dr Haleema
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Follow up: Dr. Rajaram KG 7 hours later
They have not ruled out Ms or als as yet. I won't have an Emg until December due to my insurance, which is why I am scared. My vitamin d was 34, not sure if that's normal. I have only a few sore spots mostly my shoulders and legs.
Answered by Dr. Rajaram KG 40 minutes later
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Multiple reasons can cause your symptoms

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Hello again,First of I don't think you could be having multiple sclerosis but still for you to be totally rest assured get ENMG and MRI brain done whenever it is possible.
Your vitamin D is.definitely on the lower side though it is borderline low ,you would definitely benefit from replacing vitamin D
I stil suggest trigger point release for.the sore points, it will definitely help you
Hope this answers your question if so please close and rate our discussion
Dr Haleema
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