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Q: Muscle Soreness Without Exercise

I'm Chris, 22. For the past 6 years, I've been experiencing fatigue and soreness and achyness in every muscle. My muscles are so sore and achy that I need to contract, massage or stretch them for some relief. Most mornings are the worst, as I wake up very tired and as if I was running hills or lifting weights or something the previous day. Also, once in a while I feel a pounding pulse like all over my body. I think that may actually be high blood pressure that I probably experience. I also feel heart palpitations once in a while too.
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11/16/12 12:48pm

Hi Chris,


You really need to see a doctor. But not any ol' family doctor will due. You should likely see a specialist familiar with muscle fatigue, weakness and soreness issues. There are a number of possible diagnosis's to consider including but not limited to musclular dystrophies, neuromuscular junction disorders, myopathies, anemia, and the list goes on.


I am biased towards physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists because that's my background. But honestly, we physiatrists are a good place to start because of our training in nerve and muscle diseases.


A doctor would want to start with a physical exam, basic laboratory studies and an electrodiagnostic study to investigate nerve and muscle responses. You may even need a muscle biopsy to get to the bottom of your problem.


Don't let someone tell you that you have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia because these are the types of diagnosis's that should not be made until other things have been ruled out.


Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

Chris, Community Member
4/ 4/13 1:26pm

I already went to a local clinic, and I explained my issues, and done basic blood work and a heart echo.


The heart echo was normal.


The blood work was normal.


My TSH was tested 3 times: 4.3, 1.5, 3.0.


They said thyroid function was normal.


They suggested that I see a psychiatrist, because they think I was depressed, or that it was my GAD (which I had since I could talk) that's causing all my troubles. I don't think I am, because I only experience one TRUE depression in my life (which was after I recovered from a flu), and I know what it really feels like. The GAD? I find that hard to believe, because I was majorly stressed during my schools years and never felt this way.


Sorry that I took a long time to follow up.

Chris, Community Member
4/ 4/13 1:31pm

Also, I noticed that my muscles aches are most intense during prolonged rest and during sleep. As I start to drift into sleep, my muscle aches start to intensify. During sleep, I feel it the most. But the amazing thing is: if I wake up (and open my eyes), the muscle aches dramatically decreases.

Jamezmarasigan, Community Member
11/10/13 12:42am
Hey chris did you figure out what was causing the soreness? Mt father is having the same problem. Thanks for your time Reply
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By Chris, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/09/14, First Published: 11/14/12