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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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I am 36 years old and a couple of years ago I started to notice calf atrophy in my right leg which by the way Is about 7mm shorter the my left one. I also was born with a sacral dimple. Could the atrophy be a result of sacral dimple? If so would exercise

I am 36 years old and a couple of years ago I started to notice calf atrophy in my right leg which by the way Is about 7mm shorter the my left one. I also was born with a sacral dimple. Could the atrophy be a result of sacral dimple? If so would exercise

? Tethered cord: It is possible with some muscle after fee that you have a partially tethered spinal cord. I would advise you to see a neurosurgeon as soon as possible. You will need some studies done and possible surgery. Hopefully this would prevent any further atrophy? Read more

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I have disuse atrophy in my right leg, and foot, due to nerve damage in l4/l5 s1.Had a failed back surgery 02'13. Will I lose ability to walk one day?

I have disuse atrophy in my right leg, and foot, due to nerve damage in l4/l5 s1.Had a failed back surgery 02'13. Will I lose ability to walk one day?

Varies: It could potentially still improve. If you have not had it, I would recommend an NCV and EMG test just to make sure there is nothing else contributing to your condition that may be treatable; for example peroneal nerve impingement at the fibular head. Read more

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I have never been able to get a diagnosis in the last 35 yrs. As to why my left leg has atrophied and weakened and now seems to have spread upward to?

I have never been able to get a diagnosis in the last 35 yrs. As to why my left leg has atrophied and weakened and now seems to have spread upward to?

Hi! I assume you: Are interested in a second opinion of sorts. Because we would need much more information than you are able to provide in 400 characters or less, you would need to set up a virtual consult with one of our physicians. I wonder if polio was considered. Dr. Anne Read more

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Can atrophy be why my legs hurt so much?

Can atrophy be why my legs hurt so much?

Yes: The general use or lose it phenomenon is quite true at any age. Regardless of injury or surgery, weakness is a process of nerve injury. Nervous tissue takes a very long time to heal, however if the nerve does not get any signals to move a muscle from you then that muscle will atrophy. That is difficult to overcome but not impossible. Keep activating those muscles to preserve your strength! Read more

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How soon does atrophy begin in the leg from CRPS?

How soon does atrophy begin in the leg from CRPS?

Not definite: Hopefully you are in treatment since early (3 months) efforts are sometimes able to slow or avoid the condition's advance. The progress has been seen as less time related than had been thought. Get the best care possible. Read this and see the doctor. Https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Complex_regional_pain_syndrome
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If I have pinch nerve in back causing leg pain for 4 years, would I have atrophy by now?

If I have pinch nerve in back causing leg pain for 4 years, would I have atrophy by now?

Denervation Atrophy: It depends on the severity of the nerve compression but for all intents and purposes a nerve that is completely disconnected from its corresponding muscles that it controls, the muscle atrophy will take place immediately thereafter and will become noticeable grossly atrophied after a short while. If the muscle loses all innervation, the muscle will be irreversibly atrophied usually by 12 months Read more

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Would atrophy be why my legs hurt so much after not exercising for a few weeks?

Would atrophy be why my legs hurt so much after not exercising for a few weeks?

Possibly, but. .....: Atrophy suggests loss of muscle mass which could result in muscle weakness--muscle that are weak can be painful when used--OF MORE CONCERN-is why do you have atrophy-disuse can be a cause, but neurological, muscular, Or spinal abnormalities can also cause atrophy. You should see a physician to be evaluated Read more

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My grandfather supposedly has vermian atrophy. Is there any cure or anything that could slow his symptoms? His legs/speech are getting very weak.

My grandfather supposedly has vermian atrophy. Is there any cure or anything that could slow his symptoms? His legs/speech are getting very weak.

If related, no cure: One portion of the cerebellum is called the vermis. Atrophy means "shrinkage". "vermian atrophy" is not a diagnosis, but merely describes cerebellar shrinkage (possibly from alcohol-overuse, but perhaps from general aging). Of course this area may always have been small for this person. There is no "cure", but to maximize other aspects of general health, e.g. No further alcohol, lower cholesterol. Read more

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Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

CPRS has diff stages: CRPS is a very complex diagnosis with varied presentations. Typically it made w/complex tests/blocks meaning that you should be worked up for more common diagnoses such as sciatica with an EMG, muscle spasm & restless leg syndrome which are on the differential. That said, a triple phase bone scan or stellate block can help diagnose CRPS. I suggest you see a PMR or Neurologist to confirm the diagnosis Read more

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I have a stroke and my right side has bad atrophy my legs and arm?

I have a stroke and my right side has bad atrophy my legs and arm?

Stroke rehab: You have right body weakness and muscle atrophy from lack of usage resulting from a stroke on left side of your brain. Depending of the nature and size of stroke lesion, you may recover some or all of your motor function with time. It is important to receive physical therapy and post-stroke rehab to keep your muscle tone and prevent permanent atrophy and chronic contraction of your tendons. Read more

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My 18yr old son has muscular atrophy from broken leg. What besides steriods will help him?

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My 18yr old son has muscular atrophy from broken leg. What besides steriods will help him?

Atrophy post-fx: Steroids aggravate atrophy. Physical therapy gradually rebuild muscles. Soldiers return to combat. Athletes resume competing. But not to use steroids which cause long term damages in all body organs systems. Read more

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I have an old & new tear to my left knee w/ an inch of atrophy in that leg. Should I have arthroscopy?

I have an old & new tear to my left knee w/ an inch of atrophy in that leg. Should I have arthroscopy?

Depends: If you have mechanical locking or clicking the arthroscopy may help. The only way to improve your thigh circumference is through physical therspy. Read more

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PMR says that I have "atrophy of the left medial gastrocnemius" yet both legs measure the same size. How could I have atrophy?

PMR says that I have "atrophy of the left medial gastrocnemius" yet both legs measure the same size. How could I have atrophy?

Reports can err: But, either you do or do not yet have externally discernable atrophy. If you have CRPS, the chances that you do or will are not insignificant. As I've urged - work closely and well w/ your doctor to obtain the best possible outcome. Try to find a good Health Psychologist to support you through mgmt of this chronic degenerative condition. Better is good compared to worse. Read more

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What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

Nerve damage: If you have unilateral muscle weakness and atrophy there has to be an injury or impingement of the nerve which innervates that part of your leg. A demyelinating process such as MS may also lead to muscle atrophy and weakness unilaterally. Other causes may be trauma to that muscle, prolonged immobilization in a cast, or not weight bearing on the leg can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. Read more

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Reasons and treatment for leg muscle atrophy in 65 years old man.

Reasons and treatment for leg muscle atrophy in 65 years old man.

If due 2 no medical-: -reasons, it is due 2 disuse and the treatment is exercise as he can tolerate. Physical therapy would B a good idea 2 get him into the proper program that suits his abilities and needs. Read more

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Left medial gastrocnemius (side leg)looks smaller than right. Doc says atrophy but both legs measure the same size. How is this possible? I have CVI..

Left medial gastrocnemius (side leg)looks smaller than right. Doc says atrophy but both legs measure the same size. How is this possible? I have CVI..

Other muscles: There are other muscles besides the gastroc's that contribute to the shape and size of the calf. If only the medial gastrocnemius is shrunken, then the measured diameter of the calves might be the same. If by CVI, you're referring to chronic venous insufficiency, the amount of swelling of the veins may also distort the apparent size of your calf muscles. Read more