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I have had some symptoms that sound similar to forms of muscular dystrophy
06-27-2012, 05:24 PM
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I have had some symptoms that sound similar to forms of muscular dystrophy
I have had some symptoms that sound similar to forms of muscular dystrophy.

I am a 29 year old caucasian female.

My primary symptom is loss of muscle tone and strength over my whole body(more so in my legs). My inner calf in particular has "disappeared" in the last 18-24 months I can no long move onto my toes (tippy toes) with out bearing weight with my hands (I can still point my toes). My overall leg strength has significantly decreased I used to be able to use the leg press machine with weight around 200lbs now it is a struggle to do 150. I am fairly active I go to spinning classes yoga and do a lot of walking. I have always had bad balance so i am not sure if that is a symptom but I do have very bad balance;( oh and I am pron to random cramps or spasms sometimes my hand will stay clenched and the muscle won't relax same goes for my hamstrings, but that has been happening for a long time 10 years? and is very random

My diet is better than average( most meal I make from scratch, lots of veg and lean meat and I definitely am eating enough protein.

Any ideas or suggest would be appreciated I am going to my doctor but was interested in in having some other opinions.

Thanks
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06-27-2012, 05:35 PM
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RE: I have had some symptoms that sound similar to forms of muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited disorders that involve muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue, which get worse over time.

So let's start with your symptoms and see if we can match it to our database.

1. Becker's:
Females rarely develop symptoms.
Muscle weakness of the lower body, including the legs and pelvis area, slowly gets worse, causing:
Difficulty walking that gets worse over time; by age 25-30 the person is usually unable to walk
Frequent falls
Difficulty with running, hopping, and jumping
Loss of muscle mass
Other symptoms may include:
Breathing problems
Cognitive problems (these do not get worse over time)
Fatigue
Loss of balance and coordination

You would not have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, as this would have had you in a wheelchair by the age of 12 or sooner.

2. Facioscapulohumeral:
Mainly affects the face, shoulder, and upper arm muscles. However, it can affect muscles around the pelvis, hips, and lower leg.
I do not suspect this to be your case.

3. Myotonia congenita
you show none of these symptoms.

4. Emery-Dreifuss
Out. You would have mentioned having a heart attack.

5. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD)
A purely descriptive term, generally reserved for childhood- or adult-onset muscular dystrophies.
This is where they will start with you.

Myotonic is a chronic, slowly progressing, highly variable inherited multisystemic disease. It is characterized by wasting of the muscles (muscular dystrophy), cataracts, heart conduction defects, endocrine changes, and myotonia. Myotonic dystrophy can occur in patients of any age.

This is the one that describes your situation best.

Because men generally show symptoms and women do not, do not be surprised if they want to do a biopsy.

This involves removing a sample of muscle tissue from the farthest place away from where your pain/weakness is.
They will send you to a specialist to do this.
This may or may not be done the first time you see the specialist.
The first thing they will do is have you pace the floor to watch how you walk.

Please walk like you normally do! DO NOT walk in an upright position if you normally walk slouched over. Do not throw your shoulders back if they are normally forward when you walk. Do not ( and many women do this ) walk with a wiggle in order to look sexy...seriously...this is why many women are told they don't have a dystrophy when they really do.

You would be surprised at how many women do this.

When I was initially tested I threw my shoulders back and tried my hardest to walk in a straight line. It took another 17 years before the doctors would even consider checking me for a dystrophy...even though my brother and 2 of my sons have it.
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