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I have some symptoms that sound similar to muscular dystrophy
07-08-2012, 05:41 PM
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I have some symptoms that sound similar to muscular dystrophy
I am a 24 year old caucasian female. I have some symptoms that sound similar to muscular dystrophy. However all the advice I have seen seems to rule out other possible disorders or diseases. I can't s find a list of the other disorders. Any ideas?

The primary symptom include 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 tippy toes with out bearing weight with my hands(I can still point my toes). My over all 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 ( I also take a muli vitamin)) 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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07-08-2012, 05:57 PM
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RE: I have some symptoms that sound similar to muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a handful inherited disorders that involve muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue.

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

Females rarely develop symptoms.
Loss of muscle mass
usually unable to walk
Frequent falls
Other symptoms may include:
Breathing problems
Cognitive problems (these do not get worse over time)
Loss of balance and coordination
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
Difficulty with running, hopping, and jumping

You would NOT have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, as this would have had you in a wheelchair by the age of 13 or sooner.

Myotonia congenital...
You show none of these symptoms.

Also out. You would have mentioned having a heart attack.

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.

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 , 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 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.
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