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what is the most common muscle disorder?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Sprains: Sprains/strains is the most common muscle problem. If you are looking specifically for a disease, then muscular dystrophy would be my top choice. Depending on how you want to classify fibromyalgia, it could rank as the top disease.
Dr. James Leiber
Sports Medicine 22 years experience
Low back pain: In my practice, low back pain and neck pain of musculoskeletal origin is the most common. Shoulder rotator cuff issues are also very common.

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Why is my muscle tone changing during pregnancy?

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Dr. James Carleo
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Very common: The demands of pregnancy will alter body composition and muscle tone. Elevated Progesterone is one main culprit. Increase in appetite, a change in metabolism, and increase in weight are common to support the demands of your growing baby. Fat storage will also increase. Don't be discouraged, keep up a level of physical activity, and you will be amazed with the changes expected after you deliver.
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What can I do to keep my muscles from getting too painful?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yoga: Try yoga, gentle stretching, deep breathing, warm bath, meditation, regular exercise, massage and acupuncture. All these treatments can help reduce pain.
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What are these taut bands of muscles that hurt when I press them?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Trigger Points: Trigger points are focal areas of muscle fibers within a muscle that are hyper irritable. They are felt to be small areas of contracted muscles located within taut bands of muscle. When these trigger points are pressed they produce pain locally and can cause referred pain to a different site.
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Is ALS a disease of the muscles or nerves?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
The nerves: Als or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( or "lou gehrig's disease") is a disease in which the motor nerves in the brain, or in the spinal cord degenerate and die, leaving the muscles weakened. This is progressive and results in paralysis and even death over time. The rate of progression varies with the kind of ALS and the patient. Although the disease is not curable patients benefit from support.
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Does arthritis affect your muscles too?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Muscle Strength: Pain in the joints will cause you to use the arm or leg less. That is why mild exercise is important to keeping your strength, and your function. Using some mild, over-the-counter pain medication, tylenol, (acetaminophen) naprosyn, Ibuprofen to reduce the pain, will help you to stay active, and keep your strength.

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