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    Unknown muscle pain?
    Hawkweed posted:
    I registered to this forum because I have nowhere else to ask. I've seen doctors and they don't know what is going on and I've tried researching it myself and havn't found anything.

    I started losing weight last year, I admit that I probably lost it much faster then is healthy. Since around the fall of last year I have had a couple of episodes of really intense pain (on a scale of 1-10 I'd put it at a 8-9 the kind of pain that you'd rather just die) and would last a couple of hours each time. Since these episodes occurred late at night and I didn't want to wake up my parents to go to the hospital at first I didn't say anything. Now that I've been maintaining my weight for awhile these episodes actually seem MORE frequent (and they aren't just in the evening and very late at night) but they last far less time (maybe... 30 minutes to an hour?) and aren't nearly as painful (maybe a 3 or 4?)

    The pain itself is muscle pain. It feels as if every muscle in my upper body from my shoulder blades, the muscles under my breasts, my abdominal muscles, the muscles in both my upper AND lower back are all cramping up at once. At one time it had gotten to the point where it was difficult to move around and getting hard to breathe because all of the muscles were so tight. While the pain itself has a gradual onset of the muscles tightening: often when it ends it's just a release of the tension all at once with the pain just melting away with the relief.

    Nobody knows what it is.

    Other then these episodes I'm a perfectly healthy young woman. My neurological functioning is fine, my blood pressure is normal, I've had blood tests done and the only issue was that I had slightly elevated liver enzymes, but not enough to warrant any actual concern. I do have anxiety and depression (which I'm not on any treatment for) but I know for a fact that this isn't psychological pain since it's pretty clear it's not just pain and has an identifiable physical cause. The only problem is I don't know what is triggering my muscles to just... spasm.

    While I'm not overly concerned that this is a serious medical issue: I really wish I knew what it was so that I wouldn't have to worry about being in that kind of pain anymore. Even now while I can function during these episodes they are still on the painful side and are nauseating.
    An_223015 responded:
    Hi! There..sorry to hear you are in so much pain...but let m etell you I had a very similar situation..pain all over the body/muscles/legs back etc...and all tests came docs really don't know what to say/do except give pain killers I narrowed it down to fibro and sciatica...for 3 year had this pain ongoing ..finally I found a solution which has made me pain free's been 3 months and no pain..without any below...hope this helps...

    FlyenNun responded:
    I am a 47 year old female who has suffered from Fibromyalgia 20yrs and also have sciatica, depression and anxiety amongst other ailments, healthy otherwise. I too have had the upper body cramps (torso,back, both arms, neck) which cramps down/difficulty breathing for a 30 -1hr episodes. I've only started to experience these the past 10 yrs maybe 5 or so a year, with episodes that are a 8-9 on a scale of 10. None of my dr's have been able to explain them either. Very scary experience at first and now i try to jump in a hot bath (if i am able to move) to relax the muscles. Seems to help a little if its an intense episode and greater relief if a moderate episode. I've understood the other sporadic cramping throughout my body due to fibro, but its always puzzled me why the upper body cramps, which are intense.
    piggy80218 replied to FlyenNun's response:
    Hi, Unknowen pain.

    do any of your Dr.have you in Lyrica for the fibromyalgia.
    I have been there, and currently surviving Major back surgery, and still pain level 9-10 every day.
    2 wks after my Primary added Lyrica the fibro. settled down.
    Another idea - have any of your Dr. suggest seeing a " Pain Mgnt Dr. )
    Have any Dr's order - MRI, CAT - SCAN ?
    You may be suffering form some osto. or some nerve damage ( and clinic's, etc. have tools to test for nerve damage.
    One of my disc were rubbing so bad before surgery, and I was in wheel chair almost a 1 yr, before surgery, and after surgery still learning how to walk again.
    you can e-mail and I could suggest more info.
    Plus due to your pain, and what your insurance is - you can get some rails installed in the shower/bath tub, and ( as I have ) a rail for the outside of bathtub a looped rail that screws in. But it helps me get in and out of shower/bathtub. Plus I also have a chair I sit on, that might be some of assitance for you .
    Thank you for listening to me go on, and all my mis-spellings

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