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Were any investigations done for these symptoms?
What are the specialists you have consulted?
Do you have increased pain and stiffness in the morning, which gets slightly better later with the activity?
Do you have any joint swelling?
Since your stopping the Aleve and appearance of symptoms coincide, there might be a relationship. But there is no direct way of establishing it and the only way to presume is to rule out any muscle disorder or connective tissue disorder by investigations. If none is found, this may point to the Aleve withdrawal (should not last long). Again, this phenomenon is not common or well established diagnosis, so other commoner problems should be very thoroughly investigated by a specialist like rheumatologist. You would initially need following investigations, if not yet done;
1) Complete blood counts
2) Complete metabolic profile
3) Creatinine kinase (this increases of there is a muscle disorder)
4) Sedimentation rate (this increases if there is a disorder like polymyalgia, though it occurs commonly after the age of 60, but has typical symptoms like your's).
5) Antinuclear antibodies, Rheumatoid factor etc for ruling out polymyositis etc which are connective tissue disorder with muscle pains.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.