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Caf2267 03-09-2013 02:48 PM

Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles
I am a 23 year old male and use to be very active/fit. About 2 weeks ago I had a sudden lack in muscle stamina. It has become so sever that I can no longer do a push up and I walk super slow! My muscles feel as though they do not work. This muscle weakness affects my whole body, so I can no longer do any physical activities beyond walking and everyday activities.

Other symptoms:
1. Mental cloudyness, easily forget things/forget things mid though or convo (5-8 years?)
2. Trouble concentrating (majority of life)
3. Constipation (approximately 3 months)
4. Tinnitus (2 years)
5. Cannot tolerate cold temps (more severe in past 3 months)
6. Irritable and depressed (more severe in past 3 months)

I have recently been diagnosed with hemochromatosis but have normal iron levels and I am gluten intolerant (currently waiting for a celiac diagnoses) but I do not eat gluten.

Do my symptoms sound like they could possibly be MS?

Thank you for the help!


MSNik 03-09-2013 06:01 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles
Hi Caf2267,
Welcome to healthboards.

I don't think you have too much to worry about with MS.

Multiple Sclerosis isn't a muscle disorder...its a nerve disorder, specifically of the central nervous system. What you are describing, sounds much more like a vitamin deficiency or possibly hemochromatosis , which would give you the symptoms you describe. I'm assuming you are seeing a hematologist? Have they done any ANA levels or more blood work?

You could see a neurologist and do some neurological testing; however this really doesnt sound much like MS.....MS presents like 400 other diseases, and what you listed isnt specific to MS - but very general...unfortunately, without any neurological testing, there just isnt any way to know what is going on.

Honestly though, knowing alittle about hemochromatosis , Id say that its highly possible this is what is causing your symptoms...and if you are dealing wit Celiac as well- that would answer the constipation and possibly even cognitive issues....

What kind of doctor are you dealing with in order to get to the route of this?

Caf2267 03-09-2013 06:48 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles

I currently have normal ferritin levels and have been gluten free for 6 months now. Also, my ferritin levels have been normal for the majority of my life until a few months ago when I took a multivitamin with iron in it. I was diagnosed with hemo. 3 weeks ago so I have not been taking the multivitamin since then. Like I said, my ferritin and liver enzymes are normal now. Yet, my inability to use my muscles keeps getting worse. I'm wondering if I suffered some kind of damage due to the high ferritin levels for 2 months. My diet is pretty good so I do not think I am malnourished/lacking in any vitamins or minerals.


Thank you for all your help!


MSJayhawk 03-09-2013 08:55 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles
Welcome Caf2267 :wave:

The quickest start towards an answer would be to check your body via blood work and a CT. You might check for CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). You are exhibiting similarities to my nephew who was 15 when he was hit with CFS. Due to my MS, his mother took him to an MS Specialist who quickly pointed him towards a specialist who handled CFS patients.

If your CT and your blood work are normal, then you might ask to see a neurologist. There are other boards on this same site which might be a better fit for you. Should a neurologist be your next move, you found us and I am sure you will find warm support during your neurology visits. :angel:

Caf2267 03-09-2013 09:29 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles
MS Jayhawk,

I have had bloodwork done to check things like b12, ferritin, thyroid, etc...all have come back acceptable. I will hear my results for my final round of bloodwork on Monday. After this, my internist suggested I see a neurologist.

I also want to stress that I am NOT Fatigued. I have muscle weakness. I have energy but cannot use it because my muscles fail immediately or after a short amount of activitiy (generally less than 30secs).



MSJayhawk 03-09-2013 09:37 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles

Thanks for that info. Barring any known blood infections (viral or bacterial), I would certainly think that the neuro is your next step. I have been reading recent studies in sports medicine dealing with muscles in athletes. The study I read looked at the serotonin levels and how that affected the muscle fatigue, but I do not think is your case.

As your brain is at the heart of your muscle controls, chances are that a neurologist will find the answers for you.

I would still encourage you to check the other boards on this site too because you never know when you will find someone who has been in the same place you find yourself.

Low thyroid levels would cause the weakness and the cold intolerance. A high thyroid level would cause the weakness but cause a heat intolerance. If your thyroid levels are fine, then you could cross this off.

Other possibilities which would fit your description could include:

Guillain-Barr syndrome, a rare nerve disorder that causes weakness in the legs, arms, and other muscles and that can progress to complete paralysis.

Myasthenia gravis, a rare, chronic disorder that causes weakness and rapid muscle fatigue. (since fatigue is not your case, this could be crossed off).

A problem with the minerals (electrolytes) found naturally in the body, such as low levels of potassium or sodium.

Lastly, a CT, I should think, should be run before you are sent to a neuro just to make sure there is not a tumor. Absent a tumor, a single nerve in your spine could also cause many of your problems. If this is the case, the neurologist should be able to assist you.


Caf2267 03-09-2013 09:41 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles
Thanks a ton! By the way, this all began with a 2 week flu...then the overdose of ferritin from the multivitamin and now the sudden onset of muscle weakness. I feel like the flu or the high levels of iron have to be contributing factors.

MSJayhawk 03-09-2013 09:52 PM

Re: Sudden Muscle Fatigue/Can't use muscles

I do not think the iron would act so quickly. That is, if it is related to the iron, it could have been slowly building until it reached a tipping point.

the flu is an assault on your immune system and sometimes the assault damages or "weakest links". In your case, the flu you experienced could have been your tipping point. The good news is that you are on top of the situation and making the right moves, I think. Just so that you make sure- a neurologist can be a "jack of all trades" (general neurology) or a specialist (MS Specialist, Parkinson's Specialist, ALS Specialist.....). If MS is a possibility, I would encourage you to start with the MS Specialist and then have them refer you to another specialist if needed. :angel:

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