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  • Posted By: Hugh Rosen
  • September 24, 2007
  • 00:57 PM

Hello. I am a male in my seventies and have suffered body aches over the summer 2008. This affects mainly my neck, shoulders, upper back, arms, and thighs. My fingers tingle and are numb. In addition I have been feeling very weak. I have had recurrent headaches in the form of pressure in my forehead, whereas I have not customarily had headaches throughout my life. My voice is also hoarse. When I try working out with resistance machines in the gym it only exacerbates my muscle pain. I've seen several doctors over the summer, but they have not been able to come up with a diagnosis despite medical tests, which always come up negative. Does anyone out there have any idea what I might have. Suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks. Please post or write directly to www.seanplato@aol.com

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  • Low Vitamin D levels (more common in the elderly because the skin has decreased ability to make Vitamin D as we age) can cause muscle weakness and achiness, but not hoarseness as far as know. To get your Vitamin D level checked have you doctor check a 25-OH-Vitamin D level. It should be over 35, though some experts consider anything under 50 low. Ongoing hoarsness is not normal and should be fully investigated by your doctor.Good Luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
    • 08:32 PM
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  • I have the same thing you have. They haven't diagnosed mine either. I had my thyroid taken out in May. I did get diagnosed with low bone density in early July but they say my levels are normal now but I am still, getting worse, having the same symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2007
    • 01:43 AM
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  • Hello. I am a male in my seventies and have suffered body aches over the summer 2008. This affects mainly my neck, shoulders, upper back, arms, and thighs. My fingers tingle and are numb. In addition I have been feeling very weak. I have had recurrent headaches in the form of pressure in my forehead, whereas I have not customarily had headaches throughout my life. My voice is also hoarse. When I try working out with resistance machines in the gym it only exacerbates my muscle pain. I've seen several doctors over the summer, but they have not been able to come up with a diagnosis despite medical tests, which always come up negative. Does anyone out there have any idea what I might have. Suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks. Please post or write directly to www.seanplato@aol.com Are you taking any medications? Cholesterol drugs are notorious for causing body and muscle pain...it can take awhile for these side effects to materialize. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 2, 2007
    • 08:46 PM
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  • For the hosrseness and frontal headache, I'd go see an ENT doc. Ask your regular doc to draw some routine labs, thyroid panels and inflammation type arthritis bloodwork.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 11:10 AM
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  • I would recommend seeing a Rheumatologist. If that person doesn't figure it out, then try a neurologist. It sounds as though you might have some kind of inflammatory disease, such as polymyalgia rheumatica or rheumatoid arthritis. Less likely is a vasculitis. Could be a reaction to drugs, such as statins. Could be a myopathy. Lots of other things that this could be.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 08:01 PM
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