• over 2 years ago

    Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Sorry I don't know if this belongs here or not...
    Anyways for the last few years I have been suffering from a range of problems. Mostly mental things like brain fog, confusion, inability to focus and think straight. Also a lot of muscle aches and weakness. I find it particularly hard to walk up and down stairs because my legs and lower back seem weak and wobbly and I have difficultly balancing/controlling movement. I also often drop things especially when feeling particularly weak. I am lethargic, shaky and sometimes get a tightness in chest/restrictive feeling in throat. This seems strange for someone who is relatively young, fit and healthy. I recently got blood test results from my GP who tells me it is all in my head since nothing is showing up in blood tests. I have had full blood count, iron, b12, glucose, liver function, thyroid function, CRP and ESR. All are normal. I had slightly low vit D about 6 months ago despite being the outdoorsy type but I have been having a D3 supplement since then to treat that. Is there anything else that could be wrong with me that wouldn't be showing up on these tests? I will be looking for a new GP soon but I need to know what sort of things to ask them. I really feel that there is something seriously wrong. Surely a 30 year old woman should not be such a physical and mental cripple!

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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Strange I could have written this post about myself. I have these very same symptoms. Recently I have seen a ENT about throat tightness and he prescribed Protonix for reflux. I no longer have that symptom. However, currently I am extremely weak feeling in muscles, severe dizziness, and shaking from the inside out. The only other real medical problems I've ever had is hypothyroid and my endo has just reduced my thyroid meds this week to see if that will help. In my heart I don't think this is thyroid related as thiese symptoms have been going on for almost 2 years on and off. I am seeing a neuro tomorrow. Luckily, my GP is great and knows this is real and not in my head, Good luck.
      • over 1 year ago
        Please let me know what you neuro says. I don't have severe dizziness but do have some. Very weak in legs and have trouble thinking of words in my conversation. My thyroid looks good. Don't want to go to neuro and have him say nothing is wrong. Expensive.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Hi,

    Did your symptoms start after an infection? I experienced the exact same thing as you for 4 years. I had severe food poisoning and 2 months the symptoms you are mentioning starting showing up and worsened over time. However, I went to my GP and he prescribed prednisolone. I instantly felt all of my symptoms ease up. My parents did not want to me stay on prednisolone, and so I spent 4 years going from doctor to doctor and they couldn't find anything. Recently I started taking prednisolone again because my symptoms were so severe I had to stop school. 80 days on pred and my symptoms cleared up about 70%. I started with 30mg for 5 days, 20mg for 5 days and then 15mg for a month and now 12.5mg. Try them
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Candida yeast infection
      • over 2 years ago
        Listen to me carefully. Don't let your doctor tell you that it's all in your mind. I would highly suggest that you tell him about the yeast infection you had and how the symptoms came after it. Naturally, ask him to test you for candida and if possible, for everything else. If he finds that everything is fine, including allergies and such, ask him if you can go on a short course, maybe a week, of prednisone. Such a short course is unlikely to cause side effects and will further help you identify what you might have. Dont forget to ask him to test you for all kinds of autoimmune disease. But first find a GP who believes you and and is ready to help you. Trust me, the earlier you find what is causing your symptoms, the better, as you will have a better chance of recovering. Keep me informed.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    I am going through much of the same thing...scary...all my tests are good...can not find anything wrong with me.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Ask your doctor to test you for Myasthenia Gravis. It is an autoimmune disease which causes muscle weakness and can affect your breathing and swallowing and all of your voluntary muscles. This disease will only show up in a blood test that looks for the specific antibodies that are involved in this disease. Myasthenia Gravis usually strikes women in their 20's. There is also another test that can be done. It is called a Tensilon test. It is quick and requires an injection. There is treatment available for Myasthenia Gravis. It will not cure the disease but will ease the symptoms. Good luck!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Ok so a lot of what you stated is a lot of what I go through and I am in my 30s too. 32 to be exact. Mine began out of no where and were so severe I would become fully paralyzed from the neck down for about 45 minutes at a time. Some times my episodes aren't that severe and I feel closer to the symptoms you explained. I was hospitalized during the time my symptoms would cause paralysis and have gone through so many tests. So far I've gotten one possible answer, small fiber neuropathy. I still need to go through further testing to determine it for sure. I would ask your gp to refer you to a nervous system specialist or neurologist. That is where I have been taken more serious. My gp wanted to simply diagnose me with anxiety. Good luck!!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    Hi. I have 36 I have almost everything you says and more they diagnosis me with Fibromialgya is hard to explain but just have treatment doesn't have cures.
    They did another blood test to see if I have some inflammation on your body that's I get diagnostic. I still have to see Neurologist because I want to know what really happened to me because some days are more painful than other.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    After years of research and mis diagnostic. I discovered from my research on the internet that it was sleep apnea. After being tested, buying and using a CPAC machine. My life was changed within a week. I no longer was tired and sleepy during the day and my blood pressure was gone. It took a few month to feel 100% healthy and regain my muscles tone.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    After years of research and mis diagnostic. I discovered from my research on the internet that it was sleep apnea. After being tested, buying and using a CPAC machine. My life was changed within a week. I no longer was tired and sleepy during the day and my blood pressure was gone. It took a few month to feel 100% healthy and regain my muscles tone.
      • over 1 year ago
        I wish my C-pap solved mine. It didn't. I felt no difference with the C-pap.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    The trouble is that your symptoms could be caused by many different things, but I just wanted to mention that it could be due to exposure to a neurotoxine. Many pesticides such as organo-phosphates are neurotoxines. After exposure causes the damage to the nervous system, they disappear from the body just leaving the damage behind. Blood tests do not find them. The damage can last for many years. I only know about this because my husband suffers from peripheral neuropathy due to pesticide poisoning.
      • 27 days ago
        Any Updates? I hope you took the advice to keep searching for a diagnosis. Unfortunately many Docs are looking for a quick in and out appointment and most of the time we end up seeing a Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant who get paid based on a percentage of their billable services. This causes them to want to rush to a quick termination of the visit and if they can order some labs or write an RX or have you come back another day to follow up they make more money.

        When you find a great GP take care of them with gratitude, follow their advice to eat right and exercise so they see you are doing your part and send them gift! Lol. What ever it takes.

        I have been on a search for over a decade. I had meningitis in college and ever since my disease had been progressing. I have been diagnosed with lots of things that were incorrect and I have tried over 100 different medications that probably made things worse.

        From tests that sometimes I had to pay for out of my own pocket I know I have a central nervous system disease but I am not clear on which one or ones. I have figured out my own treatment plan that includes prescriptions, at least 10 hours of sleep a night, low stress work environment with a flexible schedule, hobbies that keep me physically and mentally active, and regular checkups and tests to monitor my progress. I keep my own records and test results so I can explain my disease and all of the previous tests and treatments I have tried.

        It sounds crazy to most people and many docs but I have documentation from several Psychiatrists and Psychologists that says otherwise. This to is part of my regular checkups! Keep searching for a diagnosis that you understand and believe through your own research and third and fourth opinions and keep up to date with new discoveries and research for better options and better informed decisions.

        Tom
  • 26 days ago

    RE: Brain fog and muscle weakness

    There are now recommendations that B12 levels be raised to >300, even though the standard range can be as low as 200. Symptoms can occur at 200, which can be a deficiency for some people.