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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 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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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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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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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