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Muscle pains and tingling/pins and needles

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  • Posted By: doveman
  • July 7, 2009
  • 06:40 PM

First some background. I'm a 35yo male with a quite sedentary lifestyle, although I don't drive so have to walk to the shops, laundrette, etc.

I'm currently taking Terbinafine 250mg/day (for a fungal nail infection, although I've also had recurring ringworm for the last couple of years, which has recently come back even though I'm taking the Terbinafine!), Cetirizine 10mg/day (for Rhinitus, although my nose still runs something awful when I eat), Lansoprazole 30mg/day (for Gastritis, diagnosed by Gastroscopy. I also had a colonoscopy a few years ago), Mebeverine 135/mg 3*day, Loperamide 4mg as needed, Mirtazapine 15mg/night and Diazepam 2mg as needed (usually just when going out).

I've had irritable bowel problems since I was a teenager but they've got a lot worse recently, although cutting out coffee and cigarettes has helped quite a bit. It tends to be worse in the mornings, when a couple of bites of an apple can send me to the loo, whereas later in the day it tends to settle down, although I still tend to get bloated and need to go soon after eating. I've found I'm gluten and lactose intolerant, so have cut those out. I tested negative for celiac, but I think by then I'd cut gluten out of my diet so that might have affected the results.

Anyway, at the moment my back really hurts. Not so much my lower back, which I've had problems with since I was 18, but my upper and mid-back, depending on how I'm sitting. I woke up with a painful left upper back about a year ago, which was very 'crunchy', and my GP sent me to a physio but the exercises haven't helped and it's just as 'crunchy' and painful. I've had an x-ray of that shoulder but it didn't show anything.

Now, every morning I wake up with a painful upper back and stiff lower back, and varying pains/numbness/tingling in my calves, hands and feet and hobble around like an old man. My ankles and wrists ache as well, as do my upper arms. Holding plates when washing up causes quite a bit of pain in my hands/wrists, cleaning the bath kills my legs and back and making the bed is exhausting. I have trouble getting out to the shops as by the time I've had a wash and got dressed, I'm exhausted. I get a lot of pain in the bottom of my heels and legs as well, even when just sitting down, and find raising my legs on a stool helps sometimes but the only really comfortable position for me is to lay on my side with my legs bent. Sitting in my office chair at the computer is particularly painful, even though the chair has quite good back support and I find it hard to think or concentrate at the computer. I'm generally quite irritable and agitated as well as extremely anxious, which makes it hard for me to breathe and I find I get 'the sighs' when I'm sitting at the computer and to a lesser extent at other times as well. The tingling/pins and needles comes and goes, in my hands and feet mostly, throughout the day but can't be shaken off and my fingers and toes ache. I'm very fatigued and don't have the energy or strength to do much most days, including socialising. I've been forcing myself to do some stretching exercises in the morning, which do help a bit although weight-training exercises don't seem to work too well as when I tried press-ups I never managed to increase the amount I could do. I'm currently using some 2.2kg dumbells and on Saturday I managed 40 bicep curls, whereas today I could only manage 25.

I also have problems with my bladder (irritable, weak flow, difficulting stopping/emptying) and suffer from impotence. I did have an ultrasound recently, which didn't show any problems with my kidneys or prostate and I had my testorone checked. Besides the ringworm, I came out in a rash the other day after spending a total of about 30 minutes outside in the sun (in 10 minute periods, waiting for buses), so I appear to have become photosensitive, perhaps due to one of my meds. My nose and the skin around it also burns very easily and shrivels and comes out in milia.

Having looked at some other posts here, I'm wondering about a B12 deficiency due to my gastritis and Lansoprazole use and also a Vitamin D deficiency as I don't get out much, but I'd welcome other ideas. My GP's been useless and just says patronising things like "these things can take a while to resolve" when I point out that my shoulder's as bad as a year ago and didn't see any point in referring me to a neurologist. I've had various blood tests, although not recently, for Thyroid and to check my blood count, etc.

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  • Sorry, I accidentally posted this question twice thinking it hadn't gone through. Could a Mod delete this thread and leave my other one open please?
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