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How do you know if you have muscle atrophy? Will you feel weakness, or can it present as pain in back and joints?

How do you know if you have muscle atrophy? Will you feel weakness, or can it present as pain in back and joints?

Loss of mass: atrophy refers to loss of muscle mass, which will appear as a shrinking of the muscle. It is specially noticeable when in one limb. Whether or not it causes weakness depends on the amount of muscle lost. atrophy due to under use can occur in the back. ...Read more

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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Hyperflexible joints, but no dislocations; thin, elastic skin w/ atrophic scars, but bruising regular; poor circulation; GI issues; ehlers danlos?

Hyperflexible joints, but no dislocations; thin, elastic skin w/ atrophic scars, but bruising regular; poor circulation; GI issues; ehlers danlos?

Could be: There are multiple types of ehlers danlos that vary in symptoms and severity. It is am inherited disorder so you should see a family history of similar symptoms. ...Read more

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What is loose jointed? Is it hereditary?

What is loose jointed?  Is it hereditary?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndro: Ehlers-danlos syndrome with l-loose joints is due an inherited disorder related to an abnormal gene from either mother or father. The disorder result in loose joints, elastic skin, easy bruising, and even heart valve problems, depending on which area the tissues are affected. The diagnosis is made by clinical examination. Skin biopsy and gene studies are also used. ...Read more

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How can double jointing occur in babies?

How can double jointing occur in babies?

Relaxin: Pregnant moms make a hormone called relaxin in their bodies. This helps their ligaments to soften to allow their pelvis to expand during child birth. This also allows baby's joints to be hyper-flexible as well. Combined with the cartilaginous (and highly flexible) skeleton of a newbie, you have the "double-jointing" to which you refer. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of atrophied right testical?

What are the consequences of atrophied right testical?

Poor function.: If a testicle has atrophied, then there is a loss of function is that testicle. How much function is lost depends on the degree of atrophy. Functions of the testicle are sperm and testosterone production. Fortunately, if the other testicle is normal, then there should be no impact on overal fertility or hormone levels. It's important to protect the remaining testicle if playing contact sports. ...Read more

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What is a "sharka" joint?

What is a "sharka" joint?

I think : You mean charcot joint. This is a serious condition of a foot where the bones and joints in a foot start to collapse or self destruct. One should not walk on such a foot as weight bearing will casue the damage. Medical attentiob by podiatrist or orthopedist to manage the condition is recommended. ...Read more

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What is bifrontal atrophy?

What is bifrontal atrophy?

Atophy means loss: Of structure or wasting. I assume this is in reference to brain imaging, so they are saying the front portion of the brain on both sides has lost volume. ...Read more

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What is joint destruction?

Arthritis: Joint destructon is another way of saying arthritis or degenerative joint disease. All of these mean wear and tear on the cartilage lining and shock absorbers in the joints. Strengthening the muscles around the joints can be beneficial. In some cases injections or physical therapy can also help. In the extreme cases, joint replacement. ...Read more

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How are people double-jointed?

How are people double-jointed?

NO SUCH THING: This term is inaccurate. More accurate to say that someone is "hypermobile"...I.E....Very flexible causing the joint to move beyond its normal range of motion, which may be an inherited thing from a family member. A connective tissue disorder known as ehlers-danlos syndrome, may also cause hypermobility. If there is a problem with chronic joint pain/dislocated joints, see your family dr. ...Read more

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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more