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Been having muscle pains on and off since december 2008

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Been having muscle pains on and off since december 2008 pains in my legs, arms and back. dizzy spells, headaches and triedness. My GP thinks its possibly polyneuritis and has started me on steriods 15ml a day, i am not keen to stay on these until i am sure it's that. i would rather not continue on steriods until I am sure this is not just an infection. how can I be tested for this ? and what other treatments are available ? what is the long team prognosis ?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


What are the investigations done? Are you diabetic? Are you on any medications apart from steroids?

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I have not had any tests done so far ? he just diagnosed this. I am not a diabetic. it feels more like an infection that I cant get rid off, by the way I am not an alcoholic. I have not been given any other medication
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.

Hello Rita,

This is not right at all. Putting one on the steroids without any blood work, imaging studies is not right. Following investigations should be done initially for your symptoms;

1) Complete blood count with a differential

2) Hepatitis screen

3) Blood sugar levels

4) Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

5) Sensory nerve conduction studies

6) Motor nerve conduction studies

These investigations would give guidelines for the further work up and management. I agree to your concern that steroids should not be given, till a concrete diagnosis based on evidences is made.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

thank you so much i will now go back to my Gp and suggest that these tests are taken.

thanks again


Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.

You are welcome, Rita.

Good luck.

Dr. Arun