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How Long On Bedrest Before Muscles Start To Atrophy
Age and disease: It depends on the age of the patient and the underlying condition. Elderly are affected more severely. As a rough guide an elderly person loses about 10% of muscle function per day of immobility. If there are other factors, e.g., fever, nutritional impairment, trauma, and some medications, e.g., steroids, the muscle atrophy is worsened. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
They won't: Even at bedrest, you can perform arm and leg exercises to keep the muscle tone intact. ...Read more
Lower back muscle strain. Better to lie on hard surface or bed for quicker recovery? Pain when sit, stand or walk. Bed rest for how long?
Not hard: For lower back pain latest advisory is avoid hard mattress & tend towards a medium between hard & soft for more even support for spine between shoulders & hips; enabling a fetal position, which might be most comfortable. But with this problem, which can be more than nagging, do whatever works to reduce pain. Some like lying on couch with head flat & legs up on farthest armrest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Getting up after prolonged bed rest. Bp drops heart rate shoots up, and feel heavy,weak. Could it be heart failure, or multiple system atrophy?
Orthostatic BP: This sudden low BP and increased heart rate is what we call Orthostatic Hypotension. It's not uncommon after being in supine position (lying down) for prolonged periods of time. When you get out of bed, let your legs hang down by the bed for several minutes then slowly get out of bed. This should solve your problem. Also check if you are using any OTC medicines that can make your BP go down. ...Read more
Due to IC and emergent cerclage i'm on bedrest for 11 weeks already(31 weeks today).muscles have gone.does inactivity affect vaginal birth?
Hard to say: In my experience, women who stay in shape do better during labor and delivery, but many couch potatoes also do just fine and there are a lot of factors at work here. It is not like you had a good alternative. Reaching 31 weeks is already a huge success and a little bit longer is even better. Best of luck! ...Read more
Yoga is great: First, congrats! wow, what a change in your life and your body. Just about anything will help you get in shape. I particularly like yoga to get back in shape. Many of the positions strengthen the core and it is gentle enough to prevent you from injuring yourself with the sudden onset of exercise after so many months. Good luck! ...Read more
I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?
A Few Days: Even after a few days of inactivity you muscles will begin the process of diminishing in strength and size. Even relatively light workouts can maintain muscle tone, however. Space station astronauts engage in regular exercise and muscle conditioning so that their muscles (including their heart) will be able to function properly upon their return to gravity. ...Read more
Few weeks: How long for toned muscles to atrophy from disuse? Evidence indicates two weeks of strict bedrest causes significant muscle weakness & dysfunction; which begets further weakness & escalating disuse. Degree of weakness is likely dependent upon baseline muscle mass/tone.This phenomenon seems explanatory for weak/spastic/pained muscles contributory to onset of fibromyalgia after a serious illness. ...Read more
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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