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#1 Gizelle

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 01:28 PM

My arms started to get weak, today. I can't put them above my head. The more I use them, the weaker they get. Does anyone have any suggestions? Tomorrow I'm going to my general practitioner. Thanks

#2 jaateach

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 02:17 PM

Hi,
Well, I have sclero and when I developed sever muscle weakness my dr. had me checked for a disease called mitochondrial myopothy and sure enough I have it. now, anytime I hear one complain of muscle weakness I suggest looking into that. it is a simple blood test. google mitochondrial disease and you'll get a bunch of stuff. worth a try. good luck.. any questions, hit me back. joe

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 07:07 PM

I also have alot of muscle weakness or fatigue, I thought it was part of having scleroderma or at least one of the symptoms.

Could someone please correct me if I am wrong.

Take care
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#4 Vee

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 02:22 AM

Gizelle,

Just this past december, I started getting really weak. I couldn't even pull my blankets up at night. Then it started all over my body, I was even ready to finally give in and start my disability papers. I went to my sclero specialist out at you of Mich. and she put me on a low dose of prednisone. Within 2-3 weeks I felt like I had my life back. I was on it for about 5 months and am now off of it. I still have some shoulder pain, and I'm not quite as strong as I used to be, but I'm back to working like I used to. I know prednisone is not the best thing for our bodies, but for a short term get back on track, it did wonders for me. My mother was recently put on it also for the same reason, and within the first week, she felt incredibly stronger. It doesn't work for everyone, but for those it does, I'm so glad it's there.
Good luck, I hope you get some relief soon.
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#5 Gizelle

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:24 AM

Thank you all for the quick response. I saw my general practitioner and she said it was probably due to my Fibromialgia and if it gets worse to go back. I had it before but not quite this bad. I guess I'll have to wait and see. Again, thank you
Gizelle