How Do I know if I Have McArdle’s Disease?
Studies suggest that 1 in 100,000 people have McArdle’s disease, although the subtle nature of this condition and the fact that it is often confused for laziness may cause it to be under-diagnosed. The disease is serious but not life-threatening under normal circumstances; most people with McArdle’s disease find a way to live active lives.
Below is a list of McArdle’s disease symptoms. If you suffer from most of the following, then you should see a neurologist or your family doctor and talk to them about your symptoms, mentioning McArdle’s disease.
- Are you of healthy appearance but experience pain and fatigue in your leg muscles while attempting to walk up stairs or inclines
- During physical exertion, such as lifting or carrying things or swimming, etc., do you occasionally suffer from painful cramps that leave you in pain or even debilitated and ill for a day or more?
- If the answer to #2 is “Yes”, do you ever notice dark-colored urine following such an episode?
- Are you sometimes able to overcome a painful energy “barrier” and walk or bike for longer distances, following a warm-up period?
Please do not self-diagnose. If you experience these symptoms, mention McArdle’s disease to your doctor and point them to this website, which contains links to other sources of information on the disease as well as a list of physicians familiar with the condition. They can help you rule out this or any other cause. Always remember that you can get a second opinion, as well.