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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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What do elevated muscle enzymes in blood work without muscle strains? Does this mean I am going into kidney failure?

What do elevated muscle enzymes in blood work without muscle strains? Does this mean I am going into kidney failure?

Only if very high: When very high it could lead to kidney failure that is reversible most of the time. To prevent that you need to increase fluid intake to maintain high urine output. ...Read more

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Slightly elevated AST and ALT enzymes in blood work. It was ordered for fatigue/muscle weakness. What does this mean?

Slightly elevated AST and ALT enzymes in blood work. It was ordered for fatigue/muscle weakness. What does this mean?

Maybe "hepatitis": Hepatitis is defined as inflammation of liver cells, as is indicated by elevation in serum transaminases (ast and/or alt). Hepatitis can be caused by a variety of issues (infectious, ischemic, metabolic, toxic, infiltrative, alcohol-related, drugs, etc.). It is impossible to say why your liver tests are elevated without more information. However, your values may rise due to muscle problems too. ...Read more

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My husband suffers from severe acute gout. Can this cause high muscle enzyme count?

My husband suffers from severe acute gout. Can this cause high muscle enzyme count?

Gout and CPK: Muscle enzmye -CPK does not usually rise with gout but in rare cases if on colchicine and uloric drugs used to treat gout you can have elevation of CPK. Also if someone is on a statin (used to treat high cholesterol) like lipitor (atorvastatin) can have elevation of CPK . F/U with doc

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2448456 ...Read more

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Why do I have extreme high levels of ck (skeletal muscle enzymes) be the result of?

Why do I have extreme high levels of ck (skeletal muscle enzymes) be the result of?

CPK: Creatine (phospho)kinase. This enzyme will be elevated generally in disorders that injure muscle or when muscles are not working right. Extremes of exercise or injury can cause this, as can disorders of the muscles themselves, some hereditary. There are other forms of the enzyme that can come from other parts of the body, so this should be evaluated by a practitioner. ...Read more

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What are possible causes elevated muscle enzymes?

What are possible causes elevated muscle enzymes?

Many.: Simply exercising vigorously will elevate cpk. Bruising or straining muscle can elevate enzymes. Drug reactions to statins can do this. An certain metabolic myopathies and inflammatory myositis can causes this. I've gone from the least important to some serious issues, which are fortunately less likely! ...Read more

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My brother been told he got low muscle enzymes what does this mean?

My brother been told he got low muscle enzymes what does this mean?

Low muscle enzymes: May mean he is weak.
Does he have muscular dystrophy?
Happy to chat or do video chat with him so I can see what muscle problems he has. ...Read more

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What causes high muscle and liver enzymes in a 2 year old?

In 2-year-old boys, : elevated liver enzymes alanine & aspartame transaminases signal the need to check a muscle enzyme, creatine kinase, while evaluating for hepatic disease. If all 3 enzyme levels are elevated, molecular genetic studies may reveal a diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or Becker Muscular Dystrophy even before clinical onset of progressive muscle weakness is obvious. ...Read more

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What can extreme high levels of creatine kinase (skeletal muscle enzymes) be the result of?

What can extreme high levels of creatine kinase (skeletal muscle enzymes) be the result of?

Just being fit: The reference range is set on the assumption that you don't exercise. Fitness types routinely have values way up in the thousands. No need to limit your fun in the gym. ...Read more

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My blood test just showed high muscle enzymes. My doc says its cuz i started working out. Is this a possible effect ? All orher tests are normal

My blood test just showed high muscle enzymes. My doc says its cuz i started working out. Is this a possible effect ? All orher tests are normal

Maybe: Modest elevations of the CPK can occur after a vigorous work out. I would suggest stopping workouts for 3-4 days and then rechecking the lab work. ...Read more

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It happens that a high amount of muscle enzymes delay the menstrual cycle?

Not enzymes: Muscle enzymes released during muscle fatigue (exercise) do not have any known affect on the menstrual cycle. Women who are very thin from repeated vigorous exercise can have alterations in menstrual cycles due to complex hormonal alterations. ...Read more

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Could AST and alt( liver enzyme ) be as high as the 200s because of a over worked inflamed muscle?

Could AST and alt( liver enzyme ) be as high as the 200s because of a over worked inflamed muscle?

Liver enzymes: Ast and alt are released when the liver cells (hepatocytes) become injured. Usual physical activity with muscle soreness would be very unlikely to be associated with liver injury. However, many common medications, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) can cause liver cell injury. ...Read more

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Chronic herniated discs upper back lower neck, chest pain-mostly dull sometimes stabbing, neck muscles feel tight, high liver enzymes. R they related?

Chronic herniated discs upper back lower neck, chest pain-mostly dull sometimes stabbing, neck muscles feel tight, high liver enzymes. R they related?

Yes and no: Herniated disks and various pain syndromes are certainly related. Do you know why your liver enzymes are high? Please make sure you are not taking too much tylenol (acetaminophen) or tylenol (acetaminophen) containing products, as tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose can cause elevated liver enzymes. Hepatitis c can cause high liver enzymes as well as muskuloskeletal pain. ...Read more

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My mother took a fall & couldn't get up. Tests show that she has enzymes leaking from her muscles. What does that mean?

My mother took a fall & couldn't get up. Tests show that she has enzymes leaking from her muscles. What does that mean?

Rhabdomyolysis: She has something called rhabdomyolysis. This is due to trauma to her muscles often also complicated by dehydration. Time and hydration should be adequate as treatments in most cases. ...Read more

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Lower right side back pain/more like a dull ache than pain. Feels like I need to stretch the muscle. Slight elevated liver enzymes. No other symptoms?

Lower right side back pain/more like a dull ache than pain. Feels like I need to stretch the muscle. Slight elevated liver enzymes. No other symptoms?

The two could be re: The two may be related. This is something to discuss with your physician. The liver is on the right side where you are having your symptoms. This needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Elevated muscle enzymes less than 500 so far, pain starting no help so far from docs can it be a broken big toe i sustained years ago, is that possibl?

Elevated muscle enzymes less than 500 so far, pain starting no help so far from docs can it be a broken big toe i sustained years ago, is that possibl?

Unlikely: That a broken toe from years ago is the cause. Could be due to medications you may be taking like meds for cholesterol etc. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Fatigue, dizziness, joint pressure/popping, neck and back pain, nausea, chest pains, blood work shows elevated liver enzymes & muscle damage. ?

Fatigue, dizziness, joint pressure/popping, neck and back pain, nausea, chest pains, blood work shows elevated liver enzymes & muscle damage. ?

Get medical help: It sounds like you have many symptoms and abnormal blood tests that suggest something acute is going on. The doctor who ordered those tests should follow up immediately and direct the next step to investigate what is wrong, and that might even be a hospital admission. You should seek medical attention from your doctor or an urgent care facility to figure out what is going on and start treatment. ...Read more

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How to keep CPK muscle enzymes down low levels?

Why are they high: Creatine phosphate kinase enzymes are high from the breakdown of skeletal muscle or heart disease if you are getting a lot of exercise take a rest and the levels will come down as your muscles regenerate if it is due to myositis venue need anti-inflammatory or steroid treatment you should consult your rheumatologist if it is it it if it is from a single heart myocardial infarction it will go down in several days. ...Read more

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My husband went to the emergency room with pain in his chest they told him that his muscles enzymes were at 1000.

My husband went to the emergency room with pain in his chest they told him that his muscles enzymes were at 1000.

Not much: The enzymes are likely CPK or creatinine phospho-kinase. These can leak out of all muscle tissue if they are stressed or injured. the number is not very high and will likely be fine. Why they ordered this test for chest pain... i'm not so sure. Troponin is a better test to check if the heart muscle is involved, which was likely also checked and normal if you were sent home. ...Read more

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Help! 3 EEGs "Temporal subtle focal disruption + 2 transient generalized delta slowings" - Sleep study clean. Muscle enzyme- clean. Diagnosis- Anxiety?

Help! 3 EEGs "Temporal subtle focal disruption + 2 transient generalized delta slowings" - Sleep study clean. Muscle enzyme- clean. Diagnosis- Anxiety?

Many possibilities : There could be many reasons for abnormalities in your eeg. As long as you don't have any seizure or any other neurological symptoms you don't have to worry about it. Would recommend MRI brain w/ and w/o contrast to rule out aany focal obvious abnormalities. ...Read more

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Some rheum labs back, nrml inflam.Tho sed up 17&muscle enzymes. Bad muscle weakness.Why no lab sign? Held up ok when dr pushed on. +ana, ssa in aug, new not back.Dr sd prob fibro?Not sjog wdry mouthetc?

Some rheum labs back, nrml inflam.Tho sed up 17&muscle enzymes. Bad muscle weakness.Why no lab sign? Held up ok when dr pushed on. +ana, ssa in aug, new not back.Dr sd prob fibro?Not sjog wdry mouthetc?

See details: There is too much partial information in your question. It is impossible to answer with such a disjointed question. My best advice is to seek a second opinion and see a rheumatologist or another rheumatologist if your current doctor is one. ...Read more

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I have an enzyme deficiency that doesn't allow me to run or walk fast. My muscles tense up, my feet & legs get numb and it hurts. What enzyme is it?

I have an enzyme deficiency that doesn't allow me to run or walk fast. My muscles tense up, my feet & legs get numb and it hurts. What enzyme is it?

Nonspecific: A number of hereditary muscle diseases can mimic your symptoms, and you can have a muscle biopsy which will reveal your exact condition. The numbness is not of muscle origin however, and raises question of underlying nerve disorder instead. Go to local medical school and see neuromuscular specialist. ...Read more

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Saw rheum for malar rash, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue. he ran FBC, ENA, ANA, CK Enzyme, Complement. all normal/neg so he said no lupus. confused?

Saw rheum for malar rash, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue. he ran FBC, ENA, ANA, CK Enzyme, Complement. all normal/neg so he said no lupus. confused?

See details: There should be no confusion. You don't have lupus. A malar rash is most often the result of rosacea and the generalized aching and fatigue can have numerous causes. Ask the rheumatologist if it is not lupus, what is it? ...Read more

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What does it mean if your liver enzymes are elevated high?

What does it mean if your liver enzymes are elevated high?

Find the cause: Repeating them when the person is off alcohol and unnecessary medications is often the best plan. If they're still up, you'll get a workup for hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's and maybe a few others. If you're clear of these, think about getting back into serious aerobic fitness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say your liver enzymes are high?

Abnormal: Liver enzymes are found in the liver cells. If the cells are injured, the enzymes leak into the blood and the blood level increases. This can mean there is injury to the liver (hepatitis). These enzymes are also found in muscle, so heavy exercise (body builders) can have elevated levels as well. If your enzymes are elevated, it is abnormal and further testing should be done. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your dr tells you that your liver enzymes are high?

Liver inflammation..: Liver enzyme elevation usually is a sign your liver is inflamed or irritated. There are many potential causes the most common of which is fatty liver disease. Fatty liver may herald more serious problems like Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is effective at melting the fat away and normalizing liver enzymes. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do high liver enzymes mean?

What do high liver enzymes mean?

Depends . . .: It depends upon which liver enzymes were elevated. High bilirubin suggests blockage or obstruction of the biliary tract. High alt & ast suggest fatty liver or excess alcohol consumption. High protein may be multiple myeloma. Toxic amounts of Acetaminophen (tylenol) can also elevate liver enzymes. Ask physician who ordered test for his/her interpretation & what to do next (possibly ultrasound). ...Read more

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more