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What type of doctor treats muscle conditions? I have chronic

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What type of doctor treats muscle conditions? I have chronic muscle pain, gastroparesis, paralyzed right breathing diaphragm - in general - muscle disorder.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 2 years ago.

Well, a rheumatologist is the doctor that often evaluates musculoskeletal medical conditions, and other diseases which can affect widespread muscles.

 

A neurologist often evaluates and treats the same types of conditions.

 

For pain issues, a physiatrist who specializes in pain management can be helpful with chronic muscle pain issues.

 

Gastroparesis would be best evaluated by a gastroenterologist.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I am looking for a diagnosis - over 30 years of gradually increasing pain, weakness, gastroparesis, chronic pseudo intestinal obstruction, paralyzed right breathing diaphragm, etc. I have seen neurologists, rheumatologists, and gastroenterologists, and I am on serious pain meds - but no treatment or diagnosis of the CAUSE. They do tests, and say - "Nope, not caused by something in my specialty." Who should I see now? Is there a specialty for muscle disorders?

Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 2 years ago.

Unfortunately, there is not a specific specialty which treats "muscle disorders". This falls into the realm of multiple other specialties, mostly rheumatologists and neurologists.

 

There may not be a single condition which encompasses your symptoms, which may make it difficult for these doctors to find one clear reason for the "cause".

 

If you are interested in pursuing a further diagnosis, I would try getting another opinion from a rheumatology clinic which is associated with a large medical center -- where they would have a team of people that see the more challenging cases.

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