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What is the reason for general muscle aches?

Q: I went to a doctor last month with headache and facial numbness. My blood work revealed a low TSH. I went again to him with muscle aches especially in my legs. I am also very tired and irritable. They did my blood work and sent me a prescription for motrin. This time my TSH levels were fine. Now I have muscle aches more often, occasional pain in my chest and head along with numbness and pins and needle prickly feeling in my feet. What do you suggest may be the problem and what should I do to get help?

A:General aching and pain in the muscles is common as one ages and the problem is exacerbated by stress. A rheumatologist may consider the need for further laboratory tests and may order physical therapy and baths or massage. Relaxant medications may be needed if the condition persists and no other cause is found.

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