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Is it possible that gluten is responsible for stiff muscles and aches?

Is it possible that gluten is responsible for stiff muscles and aches?

Gluten enteropathy?: People with celiac disease can have joint pain from gluten in their diet. There are blood tests that are very helpful in reaching a preliminary diagnosis. An endoscopic intestinal biopsy usually confirms the diagnosis. A gluten free diet can relieve these symptoms, but gluten is ubiquitous, so this is a difficult diet to stick with, so you want to make sure you really have the problem. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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When I eat anything with gluten in I get really bad muscle aches.why?allergy test and coeliac screen negative.

When I eat anything with gluten in I get really bad muscle aches.why?allergy test and coeliac screen negative.

Trial off Gluten: While you don't have celiac disease or an IgE-mediated allergy to wheat you could have an intolerance that is not diagnosed by any testing. Gluten is not an essential part of your diet so try off all gluten for a few weeks and see how you feel. If your muscle aches go away then continue to avoid. If not, likely due to something else. ...Read more

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I have a lot of aches, pains and stiffness, mostly in shoulders, hands, and back. Muscles tire easily. Could this all be related to very low ferritin?

I have a lot of aches, pains and stiffness, mostly in shoulders, hands, and back. Muscles tire easily. Could this all be related to very low ferritin?

Maybe: Low ferritin can be caused by iron deficiency anemia. A menstruating female is especially at risk for this because she loses excessive iron during periods which is not getting replaced with diet. The anemia can in turn cause muscles to tire easily. Maybe also cause the joint pains and stiffness but may be other causes of these symptoms. See you doctor. ...Read more

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Can sinus problems and allergies cause muscle aches, neck pain/stiffness and full body aches?

Can sinus problems and allergies cause muscle aches, neck pain/stiffness and full body aches?

Probably not: Sinus infections can not directly cause body aches. Upper respiratory allergy does not usually cause muscle aches and neck pain. A viral infection of the upper respiratory tract can produce all these symptoms. If so, be patient, drink a lot of fluids and your immune system should kick in. If these symptoms last for more than 10 days, see your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 27. Muscle aches, pain, stiffness. Body feels tight & achey. Cause? I have IBS, LPR...could it be any of this? Blood work was fine

I'm 27. Muscle aches, pain, stiffness. Body feels tight & achey. Cause? I have IBS, LPR...could it be any of this? Blood work was fine

Possibly...: You could have a viral infection that is causing your symptoms. Do you have any other symptoms like low-grade fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, etc.? If this is a viral syndrome, you should start to feel better in a few days. Meanwhile, rest, drink plenty of fluids, take acetaminophen for discomfort. If.there is no improvement or if symptoms worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have lupus.Bad muscle aches/stiffness x months.Recent c3 &c4 were normal.OTC meds don't help.Took prednisone on my own x3 days.Feel better.OK to do?

Have lupus.Bad muscle aches/stiffness x months.Recent c3 &c4 were normal.OTC meds don't help.Took prednisone on my own x3 days.Feel better.OK to do?

Fine, but: How much you took? You can stop at this point, please take something to protect your stomach lining, like ranitidine or emeprazole OTC, call your doctor or schedule an appointment soon for evaluation, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Could a sed rate over 100 concern for cancer if blood counts are normal? symptoms is terrible muscle aches, stiffness, and some muscle weakness 79 y/o man.

Could a sed rate over 100 concern for cancer if blood counts are normal? symptoms is terrible muscle aches, stiffness, and some muscle weakness 79 y/o man.

Less likely: High sed rates indicate inflammation. The complaints of muscle aches and weakness and stiffness suggests poymyositis. Futher evaluation by a rheumatologist with muscle enzyme tests and possible muscle biopsy may be necessary. If proven a trial of steroid therapy would be helpful. Pulmonary involvement with interstitial lung disease can occur. ...Read more

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What.Cani it mean if your sed rate goes from 0 to 5 in 2 months and you have had chills nausea and neck and muscle stiffness. Also sore in glands.?

What.Cani it mean if your sed rate goes from 0  to 5 in 2 months and you have had chills  nausea and neck and muscle stiffness.  Also sore in glands.?

Sounds like virus: The ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate, sed rate) is a marker of inflammation, but usually indicates bacterial illness or inflammation. A sed rate of 0-5 is normal and not particularly worrisome for bacterial infection. Your symptoms are non-specific and likely to be caused by viral infection. If accompanied by high fever, influenza a or b are possibilities and you should consider getting tested. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

OTC meds for URI : Avoid antihistamines like loratadine, zyrtec and Benadryl. Try using pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil. Protect your stomach if you choose Advil by eating or taking antacids. Sudafed and Afrin can help open your nose and ears; use with caution if you have high blood pressure. Ear and throat infections can be serious. Look for a free clinic or low cost community health center if you get worse. ...Read more

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Common causes of sore, stiff, rigid muscles?

Common causes of sore, stiff, rigid muscles?

Stiff muscles: These symptoms may be due to many things - what time of day? Have you been exercising? You need a complete history and physical exam so that these issues can be studied carefully. See a neurologist in your area for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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My body feels stiff, and my muscles are sore, is this my gad, or cns problem, 50mg sertraline not helping.

My body feels stiff, and my muscles are sore,  is this my gad, or cns problem, 50mg sertraline not helping.

Anxiety and stiff: feeling. This MAY be a result of your GAD but check w/doc to rule things out. Then consider doing something like yoga, qigong, massage, etc. Our body was created to move. Reflect on your lifestyle. Too sedentary? A little each day can do a lot. Lots of qigong and yoga free videos on net. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it normal to always wake up with stiff muscles and sore back?

Is it normal to always wake up with stiff muscles and sore back?

No it is not: Unless you have issues with the type of bed or pillows you are sleeping on, it is not normal to wake up with muscle stiffness and soreness. Please see your GP for a thorough evaluation and further management ...Read more

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Man in 70s, terrible stiff muscles aches worst in am, sed rate 113...Pmr? Awaiting other labs. Other possible dx's

Man in 70s, terrible stiff muscles aches worst in am, sed rate 113...Pmr? Awaiting other labs. Other possible dx's

Really seems PMR: Those are classic symptoms of pmr, which is treatable with steroids. Not many other diseases are going to get you that high of a sed rate in that age group. Good luck! ...Read more

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My neck has been stiff and sore for a week. I feel it when i rub the muscles of my shoulders and neck. Any recommended stretches. Been to doctor ?

My neck has been stiff and sore for  a week. I feel it when i rub the muscles of my shoulders and neck. Any recommended stretches. Been to doctor ?

As long as you: Have not had any other new symptoms, such as pain shooting down arm or anything else suggesting nerve irritation or weakness, then stretching at your age should be appropriate. If you look at a site called www.Spine-health.Com, they have some good neck stretches. If this does not improve in the next few days, consider seeing a doctor. Hope that helps! ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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