Muscles fatiguing easily

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Philly22984
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   Posted 7/27/2017 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
So I'm 33, weigh 175 and am 5'11"... Not over weight but I'm also not in shape. I'm very sedentary and work a desk job, I hardly ever exercise except walking. I used to be very athletic up until about 10 years ago. I figure I should still have some stamina. All I did was garden (bending up and down frequently and crouching), and my legs felt very shaky and weird. The next day they were sore like I ran a marathon. My legs also sometimes feel shaky coming down steps but not going up. I do have sciatica and back pain, pain down my left thigh front and back, and sometimes the right leg. I also get hand clumsiness and thumb tiredness /weakness and my forearms seem to tighten up. I had sex the other night and just from holding myself up on the bed with my arms they were super fatigued after... These are all very odd things and been going on for about 7 months. Sometimes the symptoms are intermittent or come and go. I told my doc and he chalks it up to carpal tunnel and sciatica, but I'm very alarmed. I get twitching as well. I see MS and ALS all over the internet and freak out. There's no way my muscles should tire so easily. I do have health anxiety for years and also generalized anxiety disorder, but this is way more alarming than anything I had before. I feel like I can't do things my grandparents can. It just all seems too neurological to me. This was long as crap, but does anyone have any input? No, Dr did no tests besides questions and align my back... I had a brain MRI about 10 years ago and a spine MRI in 2012 which showed two bulging disks. I had back pain then but not this weakness crap...I'm about to have a nervous breakdown. Thanks.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/28/2017 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Philly,

I'm so sorry you find yourself worried about your health! This sucks and can really be so awful!

It seems like your doctor didn't really help with finding answers. Was this a chiropractor? If you feel your symptoms are neurological, then what you want is a neurologist. He or she can give you a neurological exam which would test for normal reflexes and responses.

You may want to get some exercise and see if you can't increase your fitness. This can make you feel so much better. Excercise is very good for anxiety. So it can't hurt.

Be aggressive about your anxiety treatment so a doctor doesn't pass is your symptoms as just more of that.

Please ask any questions you may have. Keep us posted!!
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Snoopy
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   Posted 7/28/2017 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
What you were explaining about gardening doesn't sound like MS but does match up to working muscles that aren't normally used. So very normal for many people, one term for this is "weekend warrior," a person does very little or any exercise and then come the weekend they are out doing things that require their body to do things not normally done. Sore, tired, shaky muscles is usually a normal outcome.

The other problem is your back issues. Have you had back surgery to correct the bulging discs? Are they in anyway effecting nerves? If you don't know, see an Orthopedist or Neurosurgeon to evaluate your back problems. Back problems can cause Neurological problems/symptoms, but is not related to MS.

It's a bit premature to assume MS or ALS as the cause for your symptoms. Many things can cause what you are experiencing and seeing your Primary Care Physician for a complete Physical and blood work would be a good place to start.

You might find it helpful if you treat the anxiety with medication(s), Psychotherapy, or both.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985
PTSD diagnosed Feb 2004 (PTSD since age 2), Anxiety/Panic attacks secondary to PTSD.

Philly22984
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   Posted 7/29/2017 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys. Thank you very much for taking the time to try and help me. I see you have actual MS snoopy, so I don't want to sound like I'm whining or anything since I may just have other issues including anxiety. I know a ton of people with health anxiety post in here and it probably makes the people with the actual conditions or diseases mental lol. It was my primary physician who I saw a few times. I did have a full blood workup, and another last week because I had acid reflux surgery and the blood work was normal. I did describe everything in detail to my doc and he is generally a caring person and seems to know his stuff and has a good track record. But again he knows I do have health anxiety and general anxiety disorder so I always assume he may just think im nuts. Like today I was washing my dog outside and was leaning forward on one leg on the tips of my toes a lot and I could feel the shakiness start. He did say I can go to a neuro for an emg if my hand/arm symptoms still bother me so I guess that will be September. He recommended I wear wrist protectors to bed to see if it helps. He may refer me for the wrist/hands but once I get I to the neuro I'm laying it all on him as well as my fears/concerns. I will give updates in case anyone cares lol. Thank you both again you are class A people as far as I'm concerned smile

Philly22984
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   Posted 7/29/2017 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry... Gretchen I see you were diagnosed as well, i didn't mean to not acknowledge you as well as one of the people I hope I'm not offending lol. Take care!

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/30/2017 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Philly,

No worries! It's hard to offend me. You sound like you have a good plan put together.

Anxiety is a terrible disease. I do not wish that on anyone! My husband suffers terribly. I've also seen that when you have a diagnosis of anxiety, you're other health concerns are often not taken seriously.

Hang in there and keep us posted.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Garthy
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   Posted Yesterday 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm just popping over from the colitis group. I'm from across the pond but don't hold that against me.

I have had nearly exactly the same thing for 7 months. I've got a disc bulge and 2 degenerative discs diagnosed on MRI. I've get terrible cramps, fasciculations, burning pain and exercise intolerance.

I've had every test under the sun and have not had an answer as yet. Back surgeon wants to operate, physio supports this but neurologist doesn't.

If I can make two suggestions to research peripheral neuropathy or benign cramp fasciculation syndrome. BCFS often mimics either MS or ALS. Let me know what you think. Let me know if you make progress.

Gretchen1
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   Posted Yesterday 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Garthy,

Thanks for your information! I appreciate you supporting Philly. I hope you find relief from your heath troubles. Best wishes. Thanks for being here.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006, Celiacs 2012, RA January 2017

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.
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