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I've got achy legs, am I being silly?

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monkeynuts123 Wed 26-Mar-14 17:26:30 worry it's MS? I had a virus for weeks which has now gone but during this time of being ill I've had achy legs, I never had achy legs before. But the virus went a week or so ago and I've still got achy legs. I went to the doctor who advised a blood test for anemia and thyroid function but my ears pricked up when she said something neurological... I haven't got any other symptoms, maybe a general feeling of being a bit run down and tired but other than that fine. Now I'm panicking I've got MS.

Smilesandpiles Wed 26-Mar-14 17:30:58

What and see what the test results say before you start to panic.

Don't forget, if your body has only just got rid of the virus it's going to take a few weeks for your body to repair itself again.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Wed 26-Mar-14 17:50:43

Wait for the blood tests, some forms of anaemia can cause neurological symptoms. B12 deficiency for example, can cause all sorts of problems. I had a bad deficiency and my GP was ordering MRIs - he was convinced I had something wrong in my brain, turned out I needed some B12 injections.
So please try not to panic, it could be a vitamin deficiency or something else easily treated.

Fluffyears Wed 26-Mar-14 19:40:34

With ms you'd present further symptoms it's just am precaution saying they need to check neurologically. With my dad it was a cloudiness in his eye then years later his co- ordination went and that was when MS test was done.

kaizen Wed 26-Mar-14 19:45:51

You need many more and different symptoms for MS- won't tell you what or you will think you have them!! I work in the 'area' of MS diagnosis so I can't guarantee obviously but wouldn't worry if I was you.

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 26-Mar-14 19:47:08

I get achy legs when my thyroid levels are out of whack.

Topseyt Wed 26-Mar-14 19:50:26

Anaemia and thyroid issues can cause achey and weak legs. I know, because I have had both. An overactive thyroid causes the muscles to weaken, and anaemia can mean that they are getting insufficient oxygen (I think).

It is worth waiting for the test results. No panic stations just yet.

monkeynuts123 Wed 26-Mar-14 19:52:19

I'm a bit neurotic when it comes to illness (no kidding!). I was thinking if it were thyroid there would be a whole load of other symptoms and I'm otherwise feeling well. Thank you kaizen, you put my mind a rest a bit. I'm wondering can a virus leave you with achy legs. I don't have any vision or balance problems.

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 26-Mar-14 19:55:44

Topsey, thanks for explaining that. smile

monkeynuts123 Wed 26-Mar-14 20:53:41

Thinking about it I never had achy legs before this virus I had and had achy legs throughout it, when the virus got better my legs stopped aching and then it came back and I got achy legs again. Now I don't have the virus but have the achy legs, it must all be related mustn't it? If there's still anyone reading this?

cozietoesie Wed 26-Mar-14 20:59:25

Wait for the test results. I'd lay a modest wager that you have iron anaemia. (Are you getting Restless Leg Syndrome or aches at night when you sleep?)

monkeynuts123 Wed 26-Mar-14 21:03:23

Oh thank you all for your replies, I'm such a worrier when it comes to health. I've actually just looked up Mononucleosis/glandular fever and the whole thing looks like that. Or yes anaemia cozietoesie but not got restless leg at night or trouble sleeping.

cozietoesie Wed 26-Mar-14 21:05:46

When are the test results due back?

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 26-Mar-14 21:13:50

It's far more likely that you have a post viral illness.

monkeynuts123 Wed 26-Mar-14 21:23:10

Tuesday. Yes but what is a post viral illness? Have you had one?

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 26-Mar-14 21:37:54

Yes; some people get very ill after a viral infection and remain run down, fatigued and achey e.g. post viral fatigue syndrome.

snippyMcSnippy Wed 26-Mar-14 21:44:11

My knee swelled up after a nasty bout of the flu. was really painful!

Chesntoots Wed 26-Mar-14 21:51:04

I get achy thighs and wondered why as I'm not unfit. Turns out it's anaemia.

Don't panic (easy for me to say!). Just wait for the results. Good luck.

avacat Wed 26-Mar-14 23:01:05

I regularly suffer from achy legs. I have a thyroid problem and if I've been ill they ache like crazy. I find warming some oil and massaging them really helps. Better still, get someone else to do it for you!

Supercosy Wed 26-Mar-14 23:25:24

OP, I had a hideous virus that lasted several months and had all kinds of symptoms. Once it had gone I found that the symptoms came back if I had any other kind of bug. In addition to the old symptoms I used to get I also now get very achy legs, sometimes so painful I feel like crying. They can be like it for a whole night and then, in the morning they are fine again. I assume it's part of my virus hanging around in my system. Viruses can give you the most weird/extreme symptoms, one of mine was loss of speech which is apparently unusual but not unheard of. Obviously it's good to get things checked out but just wanted to reassure you that it very well could be your virus. People think of a virus as a short lived, mild thing but it can actually be something that is very debilitating for a long time.

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