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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
I wish you well. ...Read more

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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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Leg atrophy can't stand cant walk had back disk surgery 72 years old?

Leg atrophy can't stand cant walk had back disk surgery 72 years old?

It sounds like: The sciatic nerve sustained damage, we do not have much to offer other than therapy ...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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What's the best way to strengthen my leg after knee surgery? After not using my leg its weak and I have a lot of atrophy..

What's the best way to strengthen my leg after knee surgery? After not using my leg its weak and I have a lot of atrophy..

Physical Therapy: A professional therapist can target the areas that need improvement without increasing the danger of further injury. ...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

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Can walking male your legs noticeable thinner in 2 weeks or is it muscle atrophy. I have been walking a minimum of 7/8 each day and legs look thinner?

Can walking male your legs noticeable thinner in 2 weeks or is it muscle atrophy. I have been walking a minimum of 7/8 each day and legs look thinner?

Check with your doct: -may B more than meets the eye. With exercise you should not C a decrease in size of Ur muscles. Or maybe you are not on the proper program. Legs include calf muscles but also quads & you need the proper program that targets the specifically. Just walking won't do it. C an AT-C & get on a specific program that fits your needs & abilities. ...Read more

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I left strenght training 3 months ago. Now there are muscle twitching in my whole body, no weakness, no atrophy. But nowthere are pins & needle (leg)?

I left strenght training 3 months ago. Now there are muscle twitching in my whole body, no weakness, no atrophy. But nowthere are pins & needle (leg)?

One possibility..: Although rare, there is a neurologic condition, benign fasciculation syndrome characterized by twitches, cramping, tingling without weakness (that is a quick summary). See a neurologist or a physiatrist for evaluation to be sure. Whether it is this or something else, physical exam can reveal a lot. It could be a simple electrolyte imbalance. If neurologic, the nerves can be tested easily. ...Read more

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I have periferal neuropathy in my lower legs, but now I have muscular atrophy in my upper legs, what can I do about the atrophy?

I have periferal neuropathy in my lower legs, but now I have muscular atrophy in my upper legs, what can I do about the atrophy?

Some reasons:: Sounds like a fairly progressive problem which needs to be clearly diagnosed. You could possess an immune inflammatory neuropathy which could readily respond to ivig, or you might have a motor neuron disorder, or you might possess a cauda equine syndrome, instead of a neuropathy. In short, this needs concerted expert attention. See a neuromuscular specialist at your nearby medical school. ...Read more

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How to improve atrophic scars on the shins? I have several small indentations from injuries on my lower legs. My derm says there is nothing I can do!

How to improve atrophic scars on the shins? I have several small indentations from injuries on my lower legs. My derm says there is nothing I can do!

Derm is correct: So you have some scars on your legs. I have some, too. They are from football, but people prefer my exciting war stories. My friends all wish they had some of their own. ...Read more

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Many fasciotomies CS returns. Hypertrophic muscles, scar tissue & fluid pockets in leg. Could fusing ankle atrophy muscles to reduce volume, & end CS?

Many fasciotomies CS returns. Hypertrophic muscles, scar tissue & fluid pockets in leg. Could fusing ankle atrophy muscles to reduce volume, & end CS?

Ankle Fusion: Ankle fusion (arthrodesis) absolutely will atrophy certain muscles in the foot and leg, as there is no further motion in the ankle joint. This limits the amount of contracture and use of the muscle, which leads to muscle wasting and atrophy. Also, you will not return the blood to your heart as effectively, as you rely on skeletal muscle to push the blood back to the heart (Venous insufficiency) ...Read more

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How long does it take for leg and arm muscles to atrophy if at bedrest fir pregnancy?

How long does it take for leg and arm muscles to atrophy if at bedrest fir pregnancy?

They won't: Even at bedrest, you can perform arm and leg exercises to keep the muscle tone intact. ...Read more

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Supposedly diagnosed with RSD, however I disagree. Leg pain for 4 years so stopped exercising legs. Wouldn't there be muscle atrophy by now?

Pin down diagnosis: Would be very unusual to have RSD occur bilaterally and symmetrically, and your pain probably is due to small fiber peripheral neuropathy. To prove or disprove, a skin punch biopsy could be done. Since this involves sensation, muscles would not be involved and thus, atrophy would not occur. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pls. I do have muscle atrophy in both legs. What's the diff between upper motor neuron dominant ALS and pls?

I was diagnosed with pls. I do have muscle atrophy in both legs. What's the diff between upper motor neuron dominant ALS and pls?

PLS versus ALS: Primary lateral sclerosis (pls) is a rare cause of spasticity without muscle atrophy (no loss of spinal motor neurons). Extensive atrophy should not occur with pls, but reduced activity by itself can cause some atrophy. Als involves both upper motor neurons (causing spasticity) and lower motor neurons, causing atrophy. Pls has little effect on life span, hereditary spastic paraparesis can mimic. ...Read more

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I am polio afflicted. 43 yr old female rt leg is affected, recent MRI scan show atrophy of paravertebral muscles, is it normal in polio pt?

I am polio afflicted. 43 yr old female rt leg is affected, recent MRI scan show atrophy of paravertebral muscles, is it normal in polio pt?

Post polio syndrome: Atrophy, pain and weakness affecting muscles can occur after a course of polio. The problem is other things can cause these symptoms too, and it is difficult to distinguish them.

Sometimes in polio muscles are reorganized without a change in strength. ...Read more

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How to find out if I have disuse atrophy? Xray scan or blood sample? I exercise often but no mass increase in my legs (calfs) and blemish after scabs.

How to find out if I have disuse atrophy? Xray scan or blood sample? I exercise often but no mass increase in my legs (calfs) and blemish after scabs.

You don't: If you truly "exercise often" then you don't have disuse atrophy. Disuse atrophy is defined by atrophy caused by lack of use, as the name implies. As in a person whose arm is in a cast for 8 weeks might have disuse atrophy from not having used their arm for that time. Again, if you truly exercise often, you don't have disuse atrophy, another cause should be sought. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I think I have atrophy in my foot, and I fear ALS. I also have alot of fasiculations in my feet and in my legs?

I think I have atrophy in my foot, and I fear ALS. I also have alot of fasiculations in my feet and in my legs?

Neurologist: Atrophy in an extremity definitely needs to be investigated. The best person to see is a neurologist. I wouldn't think that ALS is the top diagnosis. Getting some answers will certainly help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Other than surgery what else an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Other than surgery what else an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Therapy: The best non-surgical option is therapy to work on muscle stengthening. You may want to be seen by a physiatrist (rahabilatation doctor) to determine any special modalities and/or medications that may be beneficial in recovery of the muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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My daughter 4 yrs old still had muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflex, positive babinski reflex affected only left leg.?

Neurologist: Not sure what workup has been done, and what diagnoses have been made, but I would highly suggest getting a neurologist involved to investigate. This constellation of symptoms suggests an issue at the spinal cord level, or a nerve degeneration issue, and requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Please spell out: ARS. I know what ARV therapy stands for, but not ARS. Anti-retroviral side effects? If you do mean ART, please specify which ARV's you're referring to. ...Read more

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Spinall cord injury atrophy both legs spasticity and lowe lumbar pain which is making my rehabilitation slow and frustrating. Incomplete para?

Spinall cord injury atrophy both legs spasticity and lowe lumbar pain which is making my rehabilitation slow and frustrating. Incomplete para?

Understand needs: You hve been doing the right hting. The physical is very important long term. You may need re-evaluation by your neurologist to be certain you are on the correct pathway. Persistence is the key to your success. ...Read more

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I have pain in my achilles at the base of my heel, muscle atrophy in the same foot and leg and now pain in the knee. What could this be? I am 28.

Mononeuritis: You have disease of a nerve going to your leg, causing loss of muscle mass, nerve pain. See neurologist asap. I would go to healthgrades and find a descent one in your area ...Read more

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Ankle surgery & DVT month ago on same leg. Leg in half splint. This calf seems harder than the other calf, less jiggly. Post thrombotic synd? Atrophy?

Ankle surgery & DVT month ago on same leg. Leg in half splint. This calf seems harder than the other calf, less jiggly. Post thrombotic synd? Atrophy?

Atrophy yes: Post thrombotic syndrome always painful and you didn't describe any pain. For sure the leg will be smaller as disuse of muscles leads to atrophy ...Read more