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Doctor insights on: Intrinsic Hand Muscle Wasting

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I was diagnosed with MND 10 years ago with muscle wasting noticed in my left hand. Is there any cure?

I was diagnosed with MND 10 years ago with muscle wasting noticed in my left hand. Is there any cure?

Anyone who has: A chronic disease would benefit from working with a psychologist. They can help you cope with the challenges associated with the disease so that you can live your life to the fullest within the restraints of the disorder. Support groups for people with MND and similar neurological disorders can also be helpful. Talking with others your age and older who are coping with it will help. ...Read more

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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


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What causes muscle wasting of the interossei in both hands and muscle waste on both feet please? Thank you

What causes muscle wasting of the interossei in both hands and muscle waste on both feet please? Thank you

Charcot-Marie-Tooth: Could be charcot-marie-tooth disease. There are other possibilities as well, so it is best to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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40 male. Pain/tingling/sensitive hands-vomit no nausea-swollen hands, feet, ankles, legs-pain hip, knee, jaw-muscle wasting, unintentional 50lb weight loss.

40 male. Pain/tingling/sensitive hands-vomit no nausea-swollen hands, feet, ankles, legs-pain hip, knee, jaw-muscle wasting, unintentional 50lb weight loss.

New diagnosis: You have systemic symptoms, and so you need an evaluation so the appropriate blood test and imaging can be done to help finalize the diagnosis. The weight-loss is of concern, and maybe a clue to your entire syndrome. Your physician will clarify
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What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

Complicated: Thenar branch, median nerve (c8) is responsible for the innervation of the abductor pollicis brevis and opponens pollicis. The adductor pollicis is supplied by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve (c8-th1

to affect both, must be from an area where both nerves are in proximity. Disease/compression in the armpit or the neck would make sense. Investigate cervical spine and thoracic outlet syndrome. ...Read more

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Suspected with harayama on Left upper limb with muscle wasting and pain in wrist, not classical diagnoses. Suggest treatment / precautions.

Suspected with harayama on Left upper limb with muscle wasting and pain in wrist, not classical diagnoses. Suggest treatment / precautions.

What is harayama?: My apologies, but what is harayama? Pain and muscle wasting often correlates with nerve compression. Depending on what muscles are affected and where the pain is, you may have nerve compression. For an arm, nerve compression often occurs at the wrist (median nerve), elbow (ulnar nerve) or upper arm (radial nerve). ...Read more

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Thenar muscle on dominant hand is in general smaller than other hand, but no significant dents or wasting. Could this be normal? Or slow atrophy?

Thenar muscle on dominant hand is in general smaller than other hand, but no significant dents or wasting. Could this be normal? Or slow atrophy?

Carpal tunnel?: Only muscle innervated by the median nerve that is compressed in carpal tunnel syndrome is the apb the major muscle of the thenar eminence. Could be early findings of carpal tunnel syndrome, follow up with hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I am having the late stages symptoms of HIV and I have done several test and tested negative for the virus but what I have read on the Internet and the symptoms I am having all of them my nails Are changing my hands are cold by muscles wasting headaches

I am having the late stages symptoms of HIV and I have done several test and tested negative for the virus but what I have read on the Internet and the symptoms I am having all of them my nails Are changing my hands are cold by muscles wasting headaches

See a doctor: HIV can cause very general symptoms, but it is very unlikely that you have the virus if the test is repeatedly negative. See a doctor and let them know your symptoms - you may need to be evaluated for other viral infections like Hepatitis B/C, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, cancers, etc. This will depend on your age, health, and physical exam. Leave google alone for now and ask an expert. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Muscle wasting?

Atrophy: Muscle wasting is a general term to describe the gradual loss in muscle mass and can have a umber of potential causes. Atrophy is a similar term. ...Read more

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What causes unilateral thigh muscle wasting?

What causes unilateral thigh muscle wasting?

Symptom?: Without a good history one cannot be sure of the cause an L4 lesion, say a disc can cause it as well as conditions such as diabetic amyotrophy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hyperthyroid and muscle wasting?

What to do if I have hyperthyroid and muscle wasting?

Antithyroid drugs: Prefer antithyroid drugs rather than radioactive iodine in most of my pateints with hyperthyroidism.
Do Not us drugs, decongestants etc, too much caffeine which can make it worse. ...Read more

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My doctor thinks I may have proximal muscle wasting in my leg. What and why?

My doctor thinks I may have proximal muscle wasting in my leg. What and why?

Ask doctor why?: Muscle wasting is seen with neurological problems, lack of exercise, aging, and when it is symptomatic, evaluation should be completed. When your doctor suggested that to you, the next question you should ask, "why doctor? ". ...Read more

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Can pitched nerve make it hard for the body to obsorb nutrients. And can it cause digestive issue in the stomach along with muscle wasting.

Can pitched nerve make it hard for the body to obsorb nutrients. And can it cause digestive issue in the stomach along with muscle wasting.

Pinched nerve or?: A pinched nerve normally causes local symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. It does not affect the body's absorption of nutrients. Malnutrition could cause muscle wasting, as well as other conditions not related to a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Negative EMG - Diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy. Is surgery still beneficial as a preventative measure (to avoid muscle wasting) at this stage?

Negative EMG - Diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy. Is surgery still beneficial as a preventative measure (to avoid muscle wasting) at this stage?

It depends: If the ulnar neuropathy was demonstrated from an imaging study showing a compression or other specific cause surgery might be beneficial but the lack of correlation to the EMG/NCV is bothersome. Discuss further with your doctor about the benefits of surgery and the current diagnosis before proceeding would be a suggestion. ...Read more

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Is temporalis muscle wasting after craniotomy due to disruption of blood flow (retraction), or to damage to the motor branch of the trigeminal nerve?

Is temporalis muscle wasting after craniotomy due to disruption of blood flow (retraction), or to damage to the motor branch of the trigeminal nerve?

Likely not nerve: Temporalis wasting is probably from transection and reattachment of the muscle, retraction, as well undermining and devascularing it, often with the use of cautery. ...Read more

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What would cause right side muscle wasting?

Muscle loss: There are a number of possibilities...But more information is needed.... Where is the loss? Arm, leg, which muscles specifically. Nerve or root or spinal cord or brain problems can all be potential causes. I suggest you see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Progressive muscle wasting?

Loss of muscle mass: Patients that have conditions that can cause progressive muscle wasting are typically neurologic which are associated with a decrease in muscle mass leading to progressive weakness which can cause many different symptoms based on the muscle or muscles affected ...Read more

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Is atrophy the same as muscle wasting?

Is atrophy the same as muscle wasting?

Yes: Atrophy means a decrease in bulk of which muscle wasting is a similar term when looking at muscle tissue. There are many reasons for why this can occur. ...Read more

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What does muscle wasting (atrophy) feel like if anything?

What does muscle wasting (atrophy) feel like if anything?

Weak: Atrophy (muscle wasting) is often sneaky and painless. The wasted muscle feels weak, and often 'untrustworthy'. A knee may buckle if the quad is atrophied, or grip may fail and cause dropping of objects with hand atrophy. Sometimes patients feel an aching due to fatigue, or even trembling. In some cases, twitching or spasms can occur. ...Read more

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How does physical therapy help prevent muscle wasting?

How does physical therapy help prevent muscle wasting?

Use it or lose it -: - applies very strongly to muscle. Pt forces the use of muscle and prevents atrophy. ...Read more

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What is the relationship btw metabolic acidosis and muscle wasting?

What is the relationship btw metabolic acidosis and muscle wasting?

Lactate: Metabolic acidosis can be caused by a number of things. Elevated lactate levels from tissues that are poorly perfused with oxygen or nutrients can cause metabolic acidosis. Therefore, a possible relationship would be muscle wasting causing high lactate levels producing a metabolic acidosis. ...Read more

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How often do epidural steroid injections produce prolonged muscle wasting/weakness >10 months?

How often do epidural steroid injections produce prolonged muscle wasting/weakness >10 months?

They shouldn't: It is more likely that the cause of the weakness and muscle wasting is the reason you got the injection on the first place. You should follow up with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with PLS with myopathy in2012. I have some muscle wasting with increased muscle tone. Why do I have increased tone with muscle wasting?

Was diagnosed with PLS with myopathy in2012. I have some muscle wasting with increased muscle tone. Why do I have increased tone with muscle wasting?

PLS: Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a rare neuromuscular disease with slowly progressive weakness in voluntary muscle movement. PLS belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases. PLS affects the upper motor neurons in the arms, legs, and face. Symptoms include weakness, muscle stiffness and spasticity, clumsiness, slowing of movement, and problems with balance and speech. ...Read more

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I have muscle wasting due to peripheral neuropathy. Would steroids and exercise be the answer?

GENERIC ANSWER: You vitally need to know the reason for your peripheral neuropathy, and if it is due to an immune polyneuritis (cidp or mmn). If not, steroids not effective. Other causes could be specifically treated, with appropriate interventions. I do fully agree with dr davis that exercise is very useful. Lastly, would urge getting causation pinned down fully if not done so far. ...Read more

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When creatinine serum blood level is low 0.6, does this mean kidney is filtering good. What are muscle wasting symptoms & causes.?

When creatinine serum blood level is low 0.6, does this mean kidney is filtering good. What are muscle wasting symptoms & causes.?

See below: You are right about creatinine level. Muscle wasting as the name implies is atrophy of muscles. Lack of activity, some problems of neuro muscular system can do that. ...Read more

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Without a prior muscle wasting disease in a healthy 23 yr old what reason would account for muscle wasting following epidural steroid inj?

Get EMG: Issue could be from disk herniation or spinal stenosis (the reason you went to get epidural). There are very rare complications from epidural that could cause these symptoms like an epidural hematoma. The epidural hematoma would almost only be seen if you were on blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) or plavix. You may need another MRI and / or EMG and see a neurologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication can be given for severe muscle wasting?

No simple answer: There are quite a few diseases that fall into the muscle wasting or atrophy category. They have different causes and as such, different treatments. Some can be successfully treated with exercise and medication, some cannot. The best advice is to seek out a specialist and find out what your treatment options are.
Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Muscle Wasting (Definition)

Muscle wasting is a general term to describe the gradual loss in muscle mass and can have a umber of potential causes. Atrophy ...Read more


Dr. Will Moorehead
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Muscle Wasting (Definition)

Muscle wasting is a general term to describe the gradual loss in muscle mass and can have a umber of potential causes. Atrophy ...Read more