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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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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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