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CK level increased ... do I have Muscular Dystrophy ?

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I decided to lose some weight and got back in the gym. A routine physical caught my CK level at 18900 and then 11000 four days later. My doctor told me he thought I had muscular dystrophy. I was checked out for muscular dystrophy, lyme disease, and Epstein-Bar and all came back negative. One month later (no treatments) my CK level is 97. My doctor(s) seem to be at a loss for reason for high CK levels.

At any given moment now, I'm feeling like I just chugged a pot of coffee. I feel jumpy, I feel like I need to stretch and move my muscles, go to bed and wake up 45-60 minutes later wide awake, and feel a little tingly in my wrists and forearms. I have some small involuntary twitches from time to time, but not in any real pain.

What the heck is going on?


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replied December 10th, 2007
Anxiety and Stress Answer A3441
Creatine kinase (CK) is an enzyme present in the muscular cells. When there is muscle damage present somewhere in the body, the levels of CK increase. Depending upon the laboratory method, referent values of the enzyme CK in the serum are usually between the range of 32-267 IU/L. You didn’t tell me which are the referent values in your case but I suppose that value 92 is in normal range. You can consult an internist about this to follow up with a diagnosis.


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