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Tests Indicate Metabolic Myopathies
L carnitine: It is not clear what you mean concerning metabolic myopathy. Many conditions affect muscle metabolism. Most common is the use of steroids, then the diabetic state, and then congenital disorders of metabolism. One common condition is carnitine deficiency. Supplemental carnitine may be of value with little side effect. Basic good nutrition and appropriate exercise is also important. ...Read more
Many: Ck with isoenzymes, electrolytes, magnesium, calcium, serum myoglobins, serum creatinine, urinalysis, complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation test, thyroid function tests, ast, electrocardiograph, genetic testing, antinuclear antibodies, electromyogram, mri, muscle biopsy. As you can see there are many tests, but the most important thing is to select a physician that is a specialist. ...Read more
Myopathy dx, preliminary. Musc enzymes tests norml. Fatigued, sore. Doc states myopathy, MD, or MND. See speclst in Dec. Can lab tests lag? Ty
Not Really: Blood test do not diagnose all the Myopathy.You have an appointment with Rhematologist and can wait.You will have a neuromuscular exam and may repeat blood tests and may be other tests as indicated like Imaging of Spine or Brain and/or muscle biopsy and EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies if indicated after takinf detailed history and comprehensive Physical Exam to make Diagnosis and appropriate Treatmen ...Read more
10 year-old with muscle weakness and pain our son (shawn) had a probe placed into his thigh several weeks ago and the doctor confirmed myopathy. Since that test, shawn has had a muscle biopsy procedure at the hospital (thigh). The results showed no signs
Your : Your son probably does have a myopathy. The problem with a muscle biopsy is that the piece of tissue taken out is very small and may miss affected muscle. Your doctor has probably done a CPK test. This is a blood test that measures an enzyme released when muscle is damaged. There are also special stains that are used to look for different causes of myopathy on biopsy material. There is a dry blood spot test that looks for acid maltase deficiency that can present with muscle weakness and pain. The testing is paid for by the company that makes an enzyme replacement therapy for it. I hope this gets sorted out for you soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you have one?: Well, if you're a heavy alcoholic, that can GIVE you an alcoholic myopathy among other things; so that's 1 more reason not to be a boozer. In the case of inflammatory myopathies, a high-protein diet MAY be beneficial. Otherwise, there is no special diet for "myopathys." You've made the mistake of lumping all "myopathys" together. There are many different causes and hence different treatments. ...Read more
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