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What could these mysterious pains be?

Asked by livelaughlove21 (14956 points ) January 17th, 2013 from iPhone

For the past week, I’ve had a minor headache every day. It’s the throbbing kind all over my head. If I take an ibuprofen, it goes away, but I don’t like taking pain meds daily, even something as mild as ibuprofen.

Additionally, I had some low back pain a few days ago that I attributed to my menstrual cycle, but I typically have no pain/cramps during that time. What concerns me more than that, though, is the pain between my shoulder blades. The pain is always there, a mild nagging ache, and worsens when I push my chin into my chest, as if it’s a muscle issue.

Today, I noticed that both of my calves were sore, as if I was working them out. I did start a new semester of school and have to walk around campus after a month of being lazy, but muscle aches from a little walking has never happened to me before.

I’ve also noticed that I’m a bit more tired recently, but we got a puppy a few weeks ago so I’m getting less sleep (waking up every 2–3 hours to take her out). I figured that was the issue, as it’s been going on since shortly after we got her (3 weeks ago). Now that I have these other symptoms, it’s got my curiosity peaked.

I’m making an appointment with a doctor, but does anyone know what this might be? Should I even be concerned? I’m a bit of a hypochondriac and assume any symptom I have is due to cancer, so any words of wisdom would be nice.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Sounds like the body aches from the flu to me. Other than that, no idea.

Aster's avatar

Backache and upper back: are you carrying books? New mattress? Old mattress?
Calf muscles: walking a lot after being sedentary?
Headache: one of the three most common reasons people see doctors. Allergies?
Tired: feeding a puppy or simply waking up every few hours is terribly hard on people.
With all these symptoms I think you’re in for a huge battery of tests and I wish you good luck. Keep in mind they might not find anything. You may just need nine hours of sleep without having to awaken.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Can’t you get the doggy pee pads so you can sleep solidly? Like on a tile floor or something, or even crate them at night like most people, with a pee pad on the bottom?

My husband’s doctor said that a lack of sleep causes people a ton of problems, even possibly his seizures, so be really careful what you let interfere with your eight hours, sister.

The reason I ask is because our dogs were always trained to go when we let them out (no doggie door for safety) and they learn to hold it when you’re out and also during the night. I’m afraid if you keep training her to go potty every couple of hours, she’ll get into that pattern forever. Unless you have a doggy door, then disregard all of it- lol

livelaughlove21's avatar

@KNOWITALL We are crate training her and the advice we’ve received from multiple sources is that the point is that they don’t potty in the crate, so no potty pad should be used inside. We take her out every 2–3 hours because she is 10 weeks old and puppies that age can only hold their bladders for about 3 hours.

If we let her potty in the crate, she’ll learn that it’s okay to do that an we’d have to work at breaking that habit. At 3 months, we can wait 4 hours in between potty breaks, 5 hours at 4 months, and so on, until she’s able to hold it for the entire night.

We’ve left her alone for about 5 hours with no accidents, but she’s also peed after about 3. Crates are generally used to potty train the puppy, and this can’t be done if they’re taught the crate is where they should poo and pee.

My husband gets up every 4 hours and so do I, but I’m a light sleeper and so I wake up until he gets back to bed.

I’m wondering if all of these symptoms are from sleep deprivation, but I’m not sure.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Okay then. Lord, it’s been 13 years since I had a puppy, my old boy was just put down a few weeks ago, and he’d explode before he went potty in the house.

I can’t imagine starting from scratch and after hearing your Q, I don’t think I’m up to it. :) Good luck.

JLeslie's avatar

Possibly thyroid problems. But, could be so many things. Starting a new routine can certainly have an effect on the body. Still, you know your body best, I am going to assume something is not quite right, since that is how it feels to you. If you doctor runs blood tests I suggest:

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
Vitamin D
Iron
B12

Those affect my muscles when out of normal range.

pleiades's avatar

It’s possible you could either be lightly dehydrated or deprived of caffeine. (Perhaps you are no longer drinking coffee or dark soda?) Good luck anyhow!

Sunny2's avatar

I’m glad you are going to your doctor. It could be only flu aches and pains, but it could be something serious. Don’t wait around to find out.

Mariah's avatar

You don’t have any open wounds, do you? Haven’t stopped or started any medications lately?

bookish1's avatar

My first thought on reading about all of these pains was it might be the flu. Any other symptoms?
Have you been stressed out enough/sleep deprived enough from the new puppy that you have not been drinking as much water as usual? I hope the doctor will help you clear this up, and I hope you feel better soon.

hearkat's avatar

I also immediately thought of dehydration.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I think there’s something to this dehydration thing. I went 10 hours without peeing today. Hm…

gailcalled's avatar

Fibromyalgia is worth checking out.

Mariah's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Yeah chug some water!

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

Worrying about something when you have symptoms for something you know not of what, is only likely to make you worse. Don’t panic yourself or concern yourself with what we might think it is, save that for the professional – who you are going to see at some point.

Aster's avatar

I actually woke up this morning thinking of dehydration in regards to @livelaughlove21 . Now I will go drink some water as much as I hate it before 4pm.

JLeslie's avatar

Someone after me mentioned caffeine, and I had thought the same, but failed to write it. Caffeine withdrawal definitely could be a factor. Have you stopped drinking caffeine or reduced your intake, or changed your caffeine schedule? Caffeine needs to be taken fairly regularly, or suffer the consequences, headaches, sleepiness, allover feeling of under the weather might be coming down with something. Very common symptoms.

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livelaughlove21's avatar

I ended up canceling my appointment. I drank a bunch if water and my husband let me sleep through the night, taking care of the puppy by himself until 11AM. He also gave me a shoulder massage.

The calf pain is gone – I’m fairly certain I know the culprit. I’m not as tired now that I got some sleep. I’ve gone two days without a lasting headache. However, the muscles in my upper back and shoulders are still tense and sore, and I’m not sure why.

I think I’m going to chalk it up to stress and see what happens. I don’t want to fork out a copay just for some doctor to take one look at my age and assume it’s nothing.

After a massage, sleep, and a hot bath didn’t work, though, I’m not sure how I can relieve the muscle soreness. Any ideas?

JLeslie's avatar

Ibuprofen. 600 mg with a little food and a glass of water every 6 hours for a couple days.

snapdragon24's avatar

It could be, amongst many of what people said here, cold
weather. The
cold causes myscle pains. I get really achy cause my
body cant stand the cold. Minor headaches can come from dusty carpets…having a heater on too high, not drinking enough water, hormones…best check with the doctors :)

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