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Doctor insights on: Loss Of Muscle Mass In The Calf Lower Leg

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Hello doctor. I am 20years old girl, I would like to know if I can decrease calf muscle mass by exercising? Thank you

Hello doctor. I am 20years old girl, I would like to know if I can decrease calf muscle mass by exercising? Thank you

Calf size - yes: The size could be reduced by certain exercises and diets, if they are large secondary to obesity or fluid retention. The muscle is what would likely to remain largely intact if exercising. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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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Lump in lower right back for about 5 yrs. 3 yrs increasingly severe femoral nerve pain. Now losing muscle mass in right leg, pain when squatting?

Lump in lower right back for about 5 yrs. 3 yrs increasingly severe femoral nerve pain. Now losing muscle mass in right leg, pain when squatting?

Needs consultation: Recommend a neurological visit, and consider both imaging and EMG study. If your femoral nerve is involved, you can lose muscle bulk and strength over your thigh, and this can potentially be reversed. Not knowing the character of the "lump", would suggest at least a surgical consult also. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm trying to build leg muscle mass?

What should I do if I'm trying to build leg muscle mass?

Exercise the muscle: Muscle will respond with enlargement when exercised properly. You didn't say above or below the knee, but try squats, walking against resistance, and movement with resistance. Don't forget to stretch. ...Read more

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Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible?

Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible?

Yes: Chronic sciatica can cause not only numbess but also weakness and with time atrophy. Unfortunately, sometimes even with surgery to decompress the nerve, the weakness and atrophy may still persist. These type of findings may be a good indication for surgery. ...Read more

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Pain in leg lumps near shin bones. 36 weeks preg. Losing muscle mass and weight. Lumps movable. Docs not sure. Appeared suddenly. Lots of leg pain too.

Pain in leg lumps near shin bones. 36 weeks preg. Losing muscle mass and weight. Lumps movable. Docs not sure. Appeared suddenly. Lots of leg pain too.

Discuss with Doc: Lumps on you legs at 36 weeks of pregnancy could be either prominent fatty collections call lipoma or from prominent veins or varicosities. Elevation of your legs should help. Both can be palpated under the skin and appear mobile. Loss of muscle mass can be from lack of activity, if you you have been slowing down. The weight loss is more of a concern and would discuss this with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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What r symps of pulled calf muscle? Can it cause painful twitches? Normal? Other symp bump along lateral side of lower leg when I stand, like hernia

What r symps of pulled calf muscle? Can it cause painful twitches? Normal? Other symp bump along lateral side of lower leg when I stand, like hernia

Strain: A strained muscle causes soreness and pain on use and takes a week or so to heal. Occasionally bumps in the lateral calf area are due to small herniations of fat tissue through the muscle. Varicose veins are another possibility. A physician would have to examine you to be sure. Muscle twitches are not commonly due to sprains and can occur spontaneously. Muscle cramps are commonly due to tight musc ...Read more

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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am I treating this right?

Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am I treating this right?

Blood clot: If you have calf swelling and pain, you really should be checked out to make sure you don't have a blood clot. If that test is normal, then rest, ice and some physical therapy should allow the calf to return to normal. ...Read more

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Ouch! How can I get rid of painful spasms in my lower leg muscles?

Check H20 intake: You need to check your water intake and increase it. Make sure you are getting enough potassium in your diet like a banana per day or vitamins. Stretching exercises are important also. ...Read more

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Are there any muscles in the lower leg that are responsible for bending and straightening the knee?

Are there any muscles in the lower leg that are responsible for bending and straightening the knee?

Mostly: Upper leg muscles are responsible flexion and extension around the knee. The gastrocnemius (calf muscles), popliteus, and plantaris can contribute to knee flexion though, and are lower leg muscles. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which muscles are in charge of rotating your lower leg and foot?

Expert opinions? Which muscles are in charge of rotating your lower leg and foot?

Roators of lower leg: The posterior tibial muscle/tendon inverts the foot. The peroneal brevis and longus muscle/ tendons evert the foot. The anterior tibial muscle tendon asists in dorstiflexion and inversion. The gastroc-soleus muscle also has an influence on foot and ankle rotation. ...Read more

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What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

Nerve damage: If you have unilateral muscle weakness and atrophy there has to be an injury or impingement of the nerve which innervates that part of your leg. A demyelinating process such as MS may also lead to muscle atrophy and weakness unilaterally. Other causes may be trauma to that muscle, prolonged immobilization in a cast, or not weight bearing on the leg can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. ...Read more

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What could produce pain in my lower leg and ankle muscles (anterior)?

What could produce pain in my lower leg and ankle muscles (anterior)?

Ant muscle group: This depends on whether this symptom is caused by any physical activity (sport, exercise) or injury. Absent any of these factors, pain in the anterior lower leg and ankle muscles is due to one of 2 conditions: 1/ tendinitis or strain of the anterior muscle group (edl, ta muscles) in the leg, or 2/ shin splints. Shin splints (pain at mid shin) are usually caused by walking uphill/ uneven terrain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pulled muscle that happened while doing leg press the pain is in my lower leg?

What are the symptoms of a pulled muscle that happened while doing leg press the pain is in my lower leg?

Many symptoms: Symptoms of a pulled muscle include pain over the muscle body, swelling, bruising, and weakness of the muscle. See your doctor if you have these symptoms, or are otherwise concerned of a tear. ...Read more

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I generally have ache in my lower leg muscles since my childhood. Is it serious, by now am use to living with it.

I generally have ache in my lower leg muscles since my childhood. Is it serious, by now am use to living with it.

Muscle pain: Are you flat footed. If so you should be wearing proper shoes. Poor arch support can give you referred pain to your muscles. See a pofiatrist to be evaluated for possible orthotics. ...Read more

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Over time does exertional compartment syndrome cause all of the compartments in the lower leg to be affected? Smaller tenser muscles?

Over time does exertional compartment syndrome cause all of the compartments in the lower leg to be affected? Smaller tenser muscles?

Not likely: The anterior compartment is the tightest, and when you're having pain there you usually stop exerting yourself, reducing the pressure there and in all the compartments. It is possible in other compartments though, and the syndrome has been described in every compartment of arms and legs. In my experience it's limited to one compartment at t time just the same. ...Read more

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I bashedmy upper ankle/lower leg onmedal it hurts 2walk frm the muscle stretchin. Straightening or pointingfoot hurts my leg. Will this go away soon?!

I bashedmy upper ankle/lower leg onmedal it hurts 2walk frm the muscle stretchin. Straightening or pointingfoot hurts my leg. Will this go away soon?!

Need exam but: Try rest, ice, compression and elevation. We can't predict when symptoms will go away unless we know what diagnosis is, then we can give a range of timeline. ...Read more

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How to stop lower leg muscle pain?

See details: Determine the cause first and then you will know how to prevent it. ...Read more

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VERY sore hard lumps in muscles of lower leg which become hot and very painful?

VERY sore hard lumps in muscles of lower leg which become hot and very painful?

Exam: Gt examined for musculoskeletal illness and soft tissue illnes. Have your physician check for musscle inflammation and erythema nodosum. ...Read more

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Could flexor halucis longus muscle injury cause posterior lower leg to appear wider than other leg?

Could flexor halucis longus muscle injury cause posterior lower leg to appear wider than other leg?

Probably not: Although the FHL originates from the calf, it would require substantial swelling and therefore pain to demonstrate a noticeable difference in leg circumference... ...Read more

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I tore the muscle in my lower leg just above my tibia bone to muscle was 17 have had to be sewn back together what exercise can I do.

I tore the muscle in my lower leg just above my tibia bone to muscle was 17 have had to be sewn back together what exercise can I do.

Talk to your doc: This kind of question really needs to be shared with the doctor who did the surgery and/ or your family doctor who know the details of your injury and the procedure to best advise you. Without this information advise can be misleading. ...Read more

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What causes muscle cramps from lower leg to hip the cramps are quite bad were toi scream?

What causes muscle cramps from lower leg to hip the cramps are quite bad were toi scream?

Muscle cramps: There are many things which cause cramping in the lower extremities, ranging from electrolyte imbalances to circulation problems to oxygenation problems including sleep apnea, etc. In order to evaluate this properly, you really should see your primary care physician or at least establish a physician relationship on HealthTap. There are many excellent treatments once the proper diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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When I woke up, I stretched and got pain on my lower leg muscle. Could I have hurt myself?

W/c leg muscle group: Lower leg muscles; w/c group, anterior (edl, ta) or posterior (achilles tendon)? If anterior lower leg, you could have strained the edl or at muscle; if posterior, the achilles tendon (=heel cord, w/c is attached to the gastrosoleus). In either case, the pain should improve gradually. Otherwise, you need to make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Two dots the size of dimes on the anterior lateral side of my lower leg. When I flex the muscles the dots protrude/stick out more. What might this be?

Two dots the size of dimes on the anterior lateral side of my lower leg. When I flex the muscles the dots protrude/stick out more. What might this be?

One look =1000 words: It is really too hard to know without actually seeing and touching the areas you are talking about. What you say doesn't bring anything to mind, so you best bet would be to ask a doctor and have him/her examine the area. If you are not having pain, and had no recent trauma, this could probably wait until it is a convenient time for you to go. ...Read more

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Can abilify (aripiprazole) cause permanent muscle mass loss and lost of coordination with limbs?

Discuss w/ Dr!!!: There are reports of muscle stiffness or rigidness but long term loss is different - definitely talk w/ Dr about your concerns. Your worry might become a problem if you don't learn to ask? S whenever you get a Rx and knowing how to get the best benefits. I'd urge you to seek a good health psychologist for mgmt of medical issues - health anxiety. ...Read more

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Lower leg muscle (tibialis anterior?) hurts during racquetball. Treadmill prior to game not helping.

Be cautious: If you have injured your calf, be sure to rest and avoid intense activity until healed. Avoid future injury by doing warm up stretches, and returning to more intense activity gradually. ...Read more

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My left buttock, arm and lower leg muscles occasionally feel worn out even though I haven't exercised. What could be causing it?

ExerciseYourOptions: Depends on how "occasionally."Easiest explanation is that you're out of shape and need to use those muscles more. But if it just gets worse with more activity you might want to see somebody about it. Not just sore for a while, but noticeably weaker. Also, are you sure it's just on the left? Or more weak on the left? The asymmetry is more concerning. So get a checkup if this doesn't get better soon ...Read more