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Calve Pain/General body weakness

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  • Posted By: TiredOPain
  • March 25, 2007
  • 06:30 PM

Around 6 - 8 months ago I started getting weakness in my legs where I was tripping with my feet as I walked along the hallways at work. A few months after that I started to notice my calves always being sore and stiff. Exercise or any activity with my legs make my symptoms worse. Then I noticed that my arms were also getting weak everytime I use them. If I lift them above my head or even typing on a computer they get somewhat numb and weak and I have to pause for a second or two to recover before I can continue. Now my calves are always sore, and a lot of times it keeps me up at night. It feels like some kind of charge going through my body while I am sleeping. I stretch everyday, and this gives temporary relief, but the symptoms come right back within an hour. I do not seem to trip as much on the floor as I did at the beginning, but the calve pain and arm weakness never seam to leave me anymore.

Tests I have been through are: Lyme disease came back negative, EMG on my legs and arms came back negative, I do not know the blood test the doctors have done, but there have been many of them and they have all come back negative. I do have some bone spurs on my neck from an auto accident many years ago, and do have a slight herniated disk, in my neck, that bothers me from time to time, but the Neurosurgeons have told me this is not the cause of the leg pain and arm weakness.

My questions are: Where do I go from here? What specialists should I see for something like this? After reading through the forum I can see that many people have similar symptoms, and many different diseases are mentioned. One can go crazy looking at symptoms online to the point that you think you are going to die of ALS in three to five years! I am just looking for solid advice from someone who has had symptoms similar to this and what they did to resolve or figure out what is going on. Thank you for any advice you wish to share!

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  • Around 6 - 8 months ago I started getting weakness in my legs where I was tripping with my feet as I walked along the hallways at work. A few months after that I started to notice my calves always being sore and stiff. Exercise or any activity with my legs make my symptoms worse. Then I noticed that my arms were also getting weak everytime I use them. If I lift them above my head or even typing on a computer they get somewhat numb and weak and I have to pause for a second or two to recover before I can continue. Now my calves are always sore, and a lot of times it keeps me up at night. It feels like some kind of charge going through my body while I am sleeping. I stretch everyday, and this gives temporary relief, but the symptoms come right back within an hour. I do not seem to trip as much on the floor as I did at the beginning, but the calve pain and arm weakness never seam to leave me anymore. Tests I have been through are: Lyme disease came back negative, EMG on my legs and arms came back negative, I do not know the blood test the doctors have done, but there have been many of them and they have all come back negative. I do have some bone spurs on my neck from an auto accident many years ago, and do have a slight herniated disk, in my neck, that bothers me from time to time, but the Neurosurgeons have told me this is not the cause of the leg pain and arm weakness. My questions are: Where do I go from here? What specialists should I see for something like this? After reading through the forum I can see that many people have similar symptoms, and many different diseases are mentioned. One can go crazy looking at symptoms online to the point that you think you are going to die of ALS in three to five years! I am just looking for solid advice from someone who has had symptoms similar to this and what they did to resolve or figure out what is going on. Thank you for any advice you wish to share!If you are having both weakness of the arms and legs, and there appears to be no spine issue involved here...it could be a progressive neuromuscular disorder like Multiple Sclerosis or ALS...I would see an internist and have them run more tests...
    ChrisFloridaPT 29 Replies Flag this Response
  • What type of tests would confirm one of these diseases? The doctor that did the EMG told me that for now I do not have MS or ALS, but to retest in the future if the symptoms persist. I have heard that an EMG does not always show positive on these disease. My next step was to go to a neurologist. My family doctor seems to be at a lose on what to do next. He told me that MS or ALS does not present itself like this. Is there a particular specialist I should be going to, or tests that I can ask my doctor to schedule for me?
    TiredOPain 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey there,I've been having numbness and tingling in my toes and fingers. My legs are weak and when I walk, it is off balanced and wobbly. I went to see a neurologist and they diagnose me with transverse myelitis. Most of your symptoms sound familiar. I had MRIs and lab tests which all were negative. Because I did not have lesions in my brain or spinal cord, I was not diagnosed with MS, but I display signs/symptoms of MS. I would suggest you find a good neurologist and get some MRIs or lumbar puncture done. Who knows? you might have the same diagnosis as I do. I hope this helps a little bit. I was diagnosed just this past February, so this is all new to me. I am still getting used to everything. Oh one more question. Did you have some sort of infection before this all started? I had strep throat 2 weeks before I started feeling the weakness. All my best
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for your input! It is interesting that you mention some sort of infection before the onset of this. Yes, last summer right before all of this started I had a bacterial infection from burning my wrist on a rusty trash can, that I was burning trash in. I took antibiotics for this and the infection went away. I do not know how long after the infection I started getting weakness in my legs and arms, but it was right around that time. I need to do some research on the timing of that. The problems I have now are that everytime I exercise my legs or arms, or stay on my feet for a long time I get pain, stiffness, and weakness in my legs and it lasts for days. My arms only have weakness in them. Very rarely do I get relief from this. Sometimes I will go about 1 -3 days without symptoms but then they kick right back up again, and it is usually after some form of activity. I will do some research on transverse myelitis and see what it is all about. Thank you again for your input! It gives me a little more to work with.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have a similar story , However my doctor diagnose me Hypothyroidism due to Hashimotos , i have been taking levoxyl for that but still have muscles weakness in arms and leg/numbness /tingling and burning sensation in leg and arms . My doctor has done MRI and could not find anything /EMG also performed in Sept nothing appears . They did B12 level test along with MMA and Homocystiene level , my b12 was low normal 282 and elevated MMA , I started B12 injection two days ago but not significat improvement yet, my hypthyroidism due to enough medication of levoxyl/cytomel it change to Hyperthyroidism i foudnd yetsarday in my test result that my TSH is .002 , so muscless weakness can be due to thyroid . Any comment
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • If it was just the calves that were aking that would not be so serious. But the general weakness state is the worrying part. Have you tried any pain reliever drugs? It might help.
    smjacob 1 Replies Flag this Response
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