Muscle Soreness Without Exercise

Question

Asked by Chris

Muscle Soreness Without Exercise

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. I'm young, so this is strange.

Answer

You really need to see a doctor. But not any ol' family doctor will do. You should likely see a specialist familiar with muscle fatigue, weakness and soreness issues. There are a number of possible diagnoses 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 diagnoses that should not be made until other things have been ruled out.