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My arm muscles have intermittently been sore and achy for about

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My arm muscles have intermittently been sore and achy for about two months. It started with my left arm, but now both feel that way. It is not constant, but often enough to be troubling. Sometimes, I even have sharp, shooting pain into my shoulders and neck, and sometimes a throbbing in my head.
I work for a school, and the school nurse recommended that I have my heart tested. I had an EKG done, and the doctor said my heart was fine. I am 59 years old and wonder if these could be more menopausal symptoms or something more serious.
Thank you for any advice.
Karen McGill

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Dr Brims :

Have you had any blood tests?

Customer:

No, I haven't

Dr Brims :

Any fevers or chills?

Customer:

no

Dr Brims :

How bad is the pain on a scale of 1-10?

Customer:

At its worse, it is 5, and through part of the day, I don't feel it at all. I do feel it more when using my hands and arms; I use the computer keyboard a lot on my job. I don't do any heavy lifting, however, or any exercise other than walking.

Dr Brims :

Okay, I would recommend some blood tests to make sure you do not have any muscle damage

Dr Brims :

The first test is a serum creatine kinase

Dr Brims :

Other tests to rule out inflammation would include a CRP and ESR

Customer:

Is there anything else you would recommend?

Dr Brims :

The other test would be a complete metabolic profile to determine if it is due to abnormal electrolytes

Customer:

Ok--thank you. Is there anything else, or is this the end of your response?

Dr Brims :

You're welcome

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