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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Body Aches (Definition)

Generalized soreness/ ...Read more


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Stiff aching knees/am aged 61?

Stiff aching knees/am aged 61?

Osteoarthritis: Your description sounds like osteoarthritis. You can try over the counter meds for relief but if no improvement, go see your regular doctor. ...Read more

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My legs throb, ache, constant pain and swelling?

My legs throb, ache, constant pain and swelling?

Go to ER: If you have a clot it is life threatening and will need immediate care. ...Read more

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Right side neck tightness , arms tired and fatigued, hip tightness, stiff neck and back, overall pain?

Right side neck tightness , arms tired and fatigued, hip tightness, stiff neck and back, overall pain?

Pain: There are many possibilities for this group of symptoms. Several rheumatologic conditions come to mind including fibromyalgia. I would suggest you see a rheumatologist or a pm&r doctor to help sort all this out. ...Read more

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Dizziness rubbery legs, neck and back stiffness?

Dizziness rubbery legs, neck and back stiffness?

Okay, I'll play: I'll see your dizziness rubbery legs, neck and back stiffness and raise you fever nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Seriously, you must think doctors have truly superhuman powers of divination to expect an answer to a 7-word post that doesn't even contain a verb. Thank you for the compliment, but it isn't true. Read some of the posts here that got real answers to learn how to post a real question. ...Read more

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Terrible pain, cramping, tingling, numbness in hands, arms, legs and feet.

Terrible pain, cramping, tingling, numbness in hands, arms, legs and feet.

Evaluation: Any time you have these generalized symptoms you should visit your doctor for an evaluation. This could be from something easy to manage as dehydration to something more complicated as a pinched nerve in the spinal cord. www.otwithmd.com. ...Read more

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I have achy legs hips and feet?

I have achy legs hips and feet?

Many causes: From a podiatric standpoint, i would check for flatfeet or hyperpronation as a possible source of your pain. ...Read more

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Feet &legs ache hurt throbs swells lot of pain tingle?

Feet &legs ache hurt throbs  swells lot of pain tingle?

First: Make sure you dont have any clots in your legs, by getting an ultrasound of the veins and are doing everything you can to have a healthy heart, kidney and liver which will effect swelling in your legs and the ache. Ask your doctor to test you for diabetes as well. Good luck! the cause is key-treatment depends on it. ...Read more

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What causes aching knees, painful ankles and lower back pain?

What causes aching knees, painful ankles and lower back pain?

See an orthopaedist: There are a number of things that can cause pain in theese area of the body. These are very nonspecific symptoms. I recommend that someone pain that is not easily relieved by rest and otc medications be seen by an orthopedic surgeon for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Spider bite 4 weeks ago still sore hot pains up and down body stabbing ankles wrists tingling tired aching head feels tight throat swollen ankles too?

Spider bite 4 weeks ago still sore hot pains up and down body stabbing ankles wrists tingling tired aching head feels tight throat swollen ankles too?

Is a spider bite?: It may not have been a spider bite. There have been many cases of skin infections caused by Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) . The lesion is typically described as a spider bite. What happens is this organism penetrates the skin via hair follicle and makes its way into the body. It can evade the immune system, but it can also attack with vigor. Get a blood test! ...Read more

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For 5+yrs IV had progressive/extreme fatigue joint/neck/back pain headaches rash on knees/elbows, tingling/burning/pain legs feet arms hands. Ideas?

For 5+yrs IV had progressive/extreme fatigue joint/neck/back pain headaches rash on knees/elbows, tingling/burning/pain legs feet arms hands. Ideas?

Also Lyme disease: If you have been bitten by a tick or live near the woods (or frequently go camping), consider getting tested for Lyme disease as well. Some of the symptoms, especially the (migratory?) rash are reminiscent of Lyme disease. ...Read more

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Pain swelling and stiffness in arms and legs?

Pain swelling and stiffness in arms and legs?

Doctor can evaluate: Pain, swelling, and stiffness in the arms and legs can be due to many things, so a doctor should evaluate. If a person was fine before, then the new symptoms can be due to an infection, an auto-immune problem, an allergic reaction, a medication effect or side effect, etc... The doctor will also check to see if the person's past medical disorders are causing the new symptoms. ...Read more

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Stiff and painful knee?

Stiff and painful knee?

Knee pain: Without any history of falls or trauma, it is usually something degenerative or arthritic. ...Read more

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Aching back and legs pregnancy symptoms?

Aching back and legs pregnancy symptoms?

Common: It can be both from the increase in weight as well as the change in the way you move related to the change in the center of gravity with the weight gain. The weight gain happens faster than you can develop muscles to adjust to the change in the way you use your body. In addition later in the pregnancy you will develop a hormone called relaxin which loosens the ligaments that allow the birth. ...Read more

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Low back pain, numbness, tingling in thigh, legs and feet can't stand long?

Several things: Since there are several things that could be responsible you need to see your physician for an examination and work up. ...Read more

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Body aches, specially in legs after taking vit d, deficient in vit d (7.3). Generally feel unbalanced on walking & body stiffness spcly in cold weathe?

Body aches, specially in legs after taking vit d, deficient in vit d (7.3). Generally feel unbalanced on walking & body stiffness spcly in cold weathe?

Not the D: Vitamin d won't cause these problems, d deficiency can, but it's unlikely in a male at your age. You need a complete evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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I always get aching pain all over body, neck stiffness and headaches. Sometimes it is irritating and it is hard to keep neck up. My legs feel restless all the time. What should I do?

I always get aching pain all over body, neck stiffness and headaches. Sometimes it is irritating and it is hard to keep neck up. My legs feel restless all the time. What should I do?

Further workup: If this is something that is progressive or not improving, i would consider having your pcp order an MRI of your brain and cervical spine. These might be normal, but I have seen patients with similar symptoms with abnormalities of the brain or spinal cord. ...Read more

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What causes aching pains in my legs, shooting pains in my heel/ankle, stiffness that hurts in my shoulders and neck?

What causes aching pains in my legs, shooting pains in my heel/ankle, stiffness that hurts in my shoulders and neck?

Some arthritis: Certain inflammatory joint diseases can cause diffuse symptoms like you describe. You may want to check if you have ever had an arthritis profile/bloodwork completed. If not, talk to your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Treated for fibromyalgia, new symts: brng pain of the spine at the waistline & shoulders.Aches & pains, rt elbow, rt hip & leg, neck stiffness & pain?

Treated for fibromyalgia, new symts: brng pain of the spine at the waistline & shoulders.Aches & pains, rt elbow, rt hip & leg, neck stiffness & pain?

Fibromyalgia vs. Lym: Lyme is always in the differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia for me but also have you been checked for spine problems, pinched nerves, etc. Of the spine. Inflammatory arthritis is in the differential diagnosis. It all involves working with your physician at arriving at an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Both legs are painful weak throbbing hard to walk like no energy in legs going on all of a sudden for 3 days feels like stiffness and very sore?

Both legs are painful weak throbbing hard to walk like no energy in legs going on all of a sudden for 3 days feels like stiffness and very sore?

Leg pain: Though these symptoms could be due to several reasons, peripheral artery disease seems more likely. It depends on personal h/o smoking. ...Read more

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A tight knot, pulsating pain 6" above each knee in thighs like a fist digging in, stiffness, aches, pain, down legs, difficult to walk giving backache?

A tight knot, pulsating pain 6" above each knee in thighs like a fist digging in,  stiffness, aches, pain, down legs,  difficult to walk giving backache?

See an orthopedist: This sounds like something that may be going on in your spinal column and needs investigation soon. A doctor specializing in back surgery would be good, but you could start with your pcp and have them refer you if felt necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ms? I have chronic intermittent low grade fever, fatigue, leg stiffness, joint aches , on both legs.

What are the symptoms of ms? I have chronic intermittent low grade fever, fatigue, leg stiffness, joint aches , on both legs.

Doubt MS: Early common symptoms of ms include a single neurologic complaint- leg or arm weakness, blurry vision, difficulty in talking, etc. These symptoms typically go away by themselves, but can reappear, with additional neurologic problems. Pain and fever are not typical complaints in my experience. ...Read more

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Sore and swollen knee, leg, foot, hip and rib. Numbness and tightening muscles, stiffness all on right side and severe pain at times. ?

You need an eval: Some of the reasons for your symptoms are things that need immediate care depending how long you have been suffering with those symptoms. Please see a medical doctor right away. If your right sided symptoms are signs of a stroke, than you need to be in a hospital now. Depends on how long you have been dealing with this, so if just today, go to the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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Antipsychotic and antidepressants made legs really weak and sore. Also have dry tongue jaw stiffness. Is it because neurotransmitter levels. I stopped?

Antipsychotic and antidepressants made legs really weak and sore. Also have dry tongue jaw stiffness. Is it because neurotransmitter levels. I stopped?

Side effects of meds: The symptoms you describe could be side effects from the medications you are taking. Talk with your Doctor as he can adjust your medication or add a side effect medication if lowering or changing it, is not appropriate. It is more related to blocking other receptors that are present in areas not intended to be treated, (that is why is called side effect!). ...Read more

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Cut myself with kitchen knife last week went to doctor today with stiffness in arms and legs and sore neck doc says not to be worried of tetnus that its some kind of virus. Does that sound accurate?

Cut myself with kitchen knife last week went to doctor today with stiffness in arms and legs and sore neck doc says not to be worried of tetnus that its some kind of virus.  Does that sound accurate?

Not exactly: He's probably right in not to worry as tetanus just does not present that way without the infection getting worse first and with constitutional symptoms. What is not true is that the cause of tetanus is bacteria, not virus. ...Read more

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Feeling exhausted, weak, knee stiffness, heaviness, tingling right leg & arm Aches in joints. Thyroid & iron test ok. Who can I ask to refer me to?

Feeling exhausted, weak,  knee stiffness, heaviness, tingling right leg & arm 
Aches in joints. Thyroid & iron test ok. Who can I ask to refer me to?

See your GP: I am glad you have seen your general practitioner regarding these symptoms- routine blood tests are usually a good place to start. Ask your doctor about the utility of checking for more obscure diagnoses such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. ...Read more

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What is really good for knee stiffness and aches?

What is really good for knee stiffness and aches?

Rest!: Most people's knee stiffness is due to an internal injury of the knee itself, whether it is cartilage as in arthritis or a meniscus tear, the first objective if the condition is acute is to rest the joint, use ice and an anti inflammatory agent such as Aleve or aspirin. If you have a history of stomach ulcers then us tylenol (acetaminophen) to manage the aching. ...Read more

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My right ankle has had mild stiffness and ache for 3 months. Any idea of the cause?

My right ankle has had mild stiffness and ache for 3 months. Any idea of the cause?

No: It's ok to ignore for a few weeks, but anything going on for months should be checked out, could be inflammed ligament, could be bone tumor. It should be evaluated by doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain and knee pop. The following also describe me: Aches, Hip pain, and Knee stiffness. What should I do?

I am experiencing  knee pain and knee pop. The following also describe me: Aches, Hip pain, and Knee stiffness. What should I do?

Rheumatologist: Consult a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. You're experiencing several types of musculoskeletal symptoms which is unusual for your age. Symptoms could be due to injuries or overuse syndromes but could also be due to certain rheumatologic systemic disease. ...Read more

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Severe headaches + mild cold for week. today neck and back pain/stiffness. right shin hurts. no head ache. not aware of fever. meningitis?

Influenza: Get good rest and plenty of fluids to treat the flu. Influenza is viral infection and resolves on its own in 10-14 days. If concerned, see your GP for eval. ...Read more

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Have aches in arms , legs, upper, lower back and legs get very stiff pains alternate all day but especially at night?

Have aches in arms , legs, upper, lower back and legs get very stiff pains alternate all day but especially at night?

This can be a long: Conversation but let's say it's been going on for a while and no one can figure out why. Do you grind your teeth at night? That's the headache, most likely. Arthritis pain, insomnia, muscle spasm, if not sleeping, muscles do not relax allowing blood flow into muscles in a spasm loop. If new onset may be different but i bet u have recurrent insomnia and pain w/o diagnosis, private consult? ...Read more

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