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muscle aches

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  • Posted By: currerib
  • August 23, 2009
  • 04:28 AM

My 16 yr old sometimes wakes up with muscle aches so bad, she can hardly move or get out of bed. Her whole body aches. Doctors say its nothing. Its not a sore or exercise hurt and its not a slept the wrong way hurt. She is not sick. After 3 ibuprofins kick in, she feels fine. It is starting to worry me and I wonder if it can be early signs of a serious condition. It has happened on about 4 separate occasions this year.
Maybe someone has heard of this before?

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  • Have blood tests ever been done to check she isn't lacking in something ? Magnesium I've heard is very good for muscle aches. Could be something simple like lacking in a particular vitamin or mineral ?Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 10:58 PM
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  • Okay, have you determined whether she is referring more to her joints or the entire muscle groups throughout her body? Does she have any associated weakness as well? The fact that an anti-inflammatory at minimum strength can resolve the pain suggests that it's merely symptomatic to exertion, stress or similar condition. Myofascial pain syndrome is not all that uncommon in teens and typically abates with time. There is a form of migraine that rather than produce headaches characteristic of the syndrome, forms intense mylagia instead. I doubt that it's the case here, but it would still be a consideration. If she continues to experience the episodes or they worsen or change in nature, then my suggestion would be to obtain a referral to neurology for a study to determine whether lactic acid is being produced during the episodes and whether weakness is also present. At this point, however, monitoring her status would prove sufficient until such time that any of the criterion mentioned above is met. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 11:57 PM
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