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What causes stiffness from stomach till feet along with muscle pain?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: I am a 60 years old woman who has had a unreal amount of stress in my life. 3 week ago my body would go stiff from the belly to the feet ( my back would also arch)after I have been a sleep for 2 hours and then would do that at least 4 to 5 times a night, I can stop it but I have to get up. My muscles really hurt in the morning, and I just dont feel right. It is not leg cramps I have had them.





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Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
There are a few possible causes I would like to list out for you ma'am

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here help. Stress can cause many things to happen, and stiffness and muscle aches and pains can be due to the stress, but this is only an assumption and should be considered only after all other possibilities are ruled out.

Let me start by listing all the possible causes for the muscle pain and stiffness ma'am:

+Electrolyte imbalance: Check with the help of a few blood investigations
+Muscular dystrophies: Need to conduct an EMG
+Generalised anxiety disorder: You are stressed, and it can lead to anxiety
+Polymyalgia rheumatica: Need to conduct a few blood investigations for this
+Dehydration: Are you having at least 2-3 litres a day
+Side effect of medications: This will require a discussion with your personal physicians opinion
+Bone related issues: Very common in women after the age of 40-50 years, as menopause related issues rise

I would request you to take up all the above listed causes with your doctor to help rule them out one by one to find the cause for your symptoms. Please do not hesitate to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.
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What causes stiffness from stomach till feet along with muscle pain?

Brief Answer: There are a few possible causes I would like to list out for you ma'am Detailed Answer: Hello ma'am and welcome. Thank you for writing to us. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here help. Stress can cause many things to happen, and stiffness and muscle aches and pains can be due to the stress, but this is only an assumption and should be considered only after all other possibilities are ruled out. Let me start by listing all the possible causes for the muscle pain and stiffness ma'am: +Electrolyte imbalance: Check with the help of a few blood investigations +Muscular dystrophies: Need to conduct an EMG +Generalised anxiety disorder: You are stressed, and it can lead to anxiety +Polymyalgia rheumatica: Need to conduct a few blood investigations for this +Dehydration: Are you having at least 2-3 litres a day +Side effect of medications: This will require a discussion with your personal physicians opinion +Bone related issues: Very common in women after the age of 40-50 years, as menopause related issues rise I would request you to take up all the above listed causes with your doctor to help rule them out one by one to find the cause for your symptoms. Please do not hesitate to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help. Best wishes.