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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Generalized Weakness (Overview)

Generalized weakness refers to weakness in multiple muscle groups. In other words, arms, legs, neck, etc. There is a feeling of weakness 'all over.' Stems from a wide variety of disorders and diseases, from viral infections to muscular dystrophy.


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Iam 37female all the time I feel generalized weakness. Haemoglobin 14gm whate is the cause? Thyroid function is normal no chronic illness no drug

Iam 37female all the time I feel generalized weakness. Haemoglobin 14gm whate is the cause? Thyroid function is normal no chronic illness no drug

Not certain...: A hemoglobin level of 14 is essentially normal for an adult woman. Weakness is a pretty generalized complaint and is best evaluated by examining the patient directly and ordering some lab tests to try to narrow down what could be causing it. Don't get discouraged, sometimes it can take some time for the disease to progress, and the cause to be identified. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
89 Doctors shared insights

Generalized Weakness (Overview)

Generalized weakness refers to weakness in multiple muscle groups. In other words, arms, legs, neck, etc. There is a feeling of weakness 'all over.' Stems from a wide variety of disorders and diseases, from viral infections to muscular dystrophy.


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How to get rid of anxiety? It's causing many problems like weakness.

How to get rid of anxiety? It's causing many problems like weakness.

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the flight or fight response which gives rise to many physiological changes include dry mouth. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Generalized weakness?

What is the definition or description of: Generalized weakness?

Multiple muscles: Generalized weakness refers to weakness in multiple muscle groups. In other words, arms, legs, neck, etc. There is a feeling of weakness 'all over.' Stems from a wide variety of disorders and diseases, from viral infections to muscular dystrophy. ...Read more

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Could my varying generalized weakness and fatigue be deconditioning?

Could my varying generalized weakness and fatigue be deconditioning?

Yes. And other things: Deconditioning is probably the most common cause of generalized weakness, or feeling of chronic fatigue. By varying yu mean that sometimes strong and alert, then something more unusual, and needs to be worke up. Start reconditioning. Best way is aerobic activity, such as a brisk walk up slight incline 30 minutes daily; long muscle exercises, drink 8 glasses water/fruit juice daily, get enuf sleep. ...Read more

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Been twitching all over body for 3 years. Could it be ALS. I do have generalized weakness.

Been twitching all over body for 3 years. Could it be ALS. I do have generalized weakness.

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say without an exam and appropriate studies. See a neurologist ...Read more

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I am experiencing abnormally small penis. The following also describe me: Generalized weakness and Weight gain. What should I do?

I am experiencing abnormally small penis. The following also describe me: Generalized weakness and Weight gain. What should I do?

Doctor can evaluate: One's regular pediatrician, a pediatric endocrinologist, or an adolescent medicine doctor all have experience with the normal development of boys to men. One concern is whether or not there is low sex hormones. Sometimes, a smaller penis is normal or may run in the family. Chromosomal analysis is sometimes done to see if there is a genetic cause. Show the doctor a 2-week dietary and exercise log. ...Read more

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Iam 37female all the time I feel generalized weakness. Haemoglobin 14gm whate is the cause? Thyroid function is normal no chronic illness no drug

Not certain...: A hemoglobin level of 14 is essentially normal for an adult woman. Weakness is a pretty generalized complaint and is best evaluated by examining the patient directly and ordering some lab tests to try to narrow down what could be causing it. Don't get discouraged, sometimes it can take some time for the disease to progress, and the cause to be identified. ...Read more

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My Girlfriend is experiencing arm weakness, generalized weakness in the body, arm pain and weakness. Also bladder urethra pain worsened by coffee.

My Girlfriend is experiencing arm weakness, generalized weakness in the body, arm pain and weakness. Also bladder urethra pain worsened by coffee.

Checkup: There are multiple potential causes for what you are describing and it may end up being more than one problem as well. A good medical checkup would probably be a good place to start. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, generalized weakness, headache (quality: occurs at the same time of day, dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressur...

I am experiencing fatigue, generalized weakness, headache (quality: occurs at the same time of day, dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressur...

Incomplete question: Please complete your question, I'm uncertain what it is that you'd like to know. Repost the question in a more abridged way please ...Read more

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How long does it take for the feeling of weakness due to rhabdomyolysis to go away? Had a CK of 6400 but now it's back to normal, but still feel weak.

How long does it take for the feeling of weakness due to rhabdomyolysis to go away? Had a CK of 6400 but now it's back to normal, but still feel weak.

Depends on: Extent of muscle damage and damage to other organs especially kidneys. It can take take up to several weeks. Stay well hydrated and rested til your doctor gives ok to resume activitiy. ...Read more

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Numbness in fingers and weakness all over. Is this mono?

Numbness in fingers and weakness all over. Is this mono?

Not likely: But you will need to be assessed by your physician to be sure. It could be a number of benign or serious issues and you will need a physical exam and tests to clarify. These symptoms are not specific to mono. ...Read more

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I have myasthenia gravis&curious about pain and weakness. I'm doing ivig 's taking my meds, my muscles get sore & "feel" weak. Is this my mg acting up?

I have myasthenia gravis&curious about pain and weakness. I'm doing ivig 's taking my meds, my muscles get sore & "feel" weak. Is this my mg acting up?

Maybe low grade: Symptoms fluctuate do to the nature of a neuromuscular synaptic process, and exertion can exceed control on occasion. Do not get discouraged, as weakness and fatiguability is part of the landscape here. Glad you doctor is using mixture of meds. A few months of ivig should provide added stability. ...Read more

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Numbness in fingers and weakness all over. What does this indicate?

Numbness in fingers and weakness all over. What does this indicate?

CONSIDER THESE: Diffuse weakness can be associated with peripheral neuropathy, muscle disease, fatigue problems, anemias, hypothyroidism, even depression. The finger numbness could be associated, but might be isolated carpal tunnel as a co-morbidity. Would have your doctor assess and treat. ...Read more

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I have tiredness and weakness all over. I've been to the hospital but they say nothing is. Wrong?

I have tiredness and weakness all over. I've been to the hospital but they say nothing is. Wrong?

It could be: Related to a thyroid condition, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, autoimmune condition, heart condition/ cardiomyopathy etc. Go see ur pcp for a thorough evaluation. Take care and god bless u! ...Read more

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What can cause numbness of the hands and legs and weakness all over?

What can cause numbness of the hands and legs and weakness all over?

Several potentials: Assuming this is bilateral and symmetrical, there may be a peripheral neuropathy. However, spinal cord compression in the neck can cause this. Rarely, ms might present in this fashion. Since there are multiple underlying causes, it is best to see your physician, and obtain a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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My knee and ankle occasionally feel weak though no true weakness or pain. ANA + (no utter listed) RF 18.4. SED RATE norm and rnp, Smith, SSA, SSB negative. Stress and anxiety last 6 months causing?

My knee and ankle occasionally feel weak though no true weakness or pain. ANA + (no utter listed) RF 18.4. SED RATE norm and rnp, Smith, SSA, SSB negative. Stress and anxiety last 6 months causing?

False positives: Many people have positive ANA or RF and still don't have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. These are nonspecific tests, and need to be combined with clinical findings that suggest the disease. Psychological distress can definitely cause musculoskeletal discomfort. Your symptoms sound mild and not dangerous. Work with your doctor to control symptoms rather than more testing. Physical therapy may help. ...Read more