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Muscle Atrophy Risk Factors
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
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
2 Types: There are 2 forms of muscle atrophy: disuse atrophy, i.e. This come actual lack of activity or 'using' the muscle. Astronauts on space developed disuse atrophy, and exercise programs were instituted. 2nd type is neurogenic atrophy. This result from injury or damage to the spinal cord or spinal nerves, also from nerve disease such as als, polio, guillain-barre syndrome, muscular dystrophy, etc. ...Read more
See below: muscle that loses bulk and size many causes ...Read more
Possible: It is amazing how quickly lack of activity can impact the body. Muscle weakness, and even loss of muscle mass is a common and quick effect of illness and being bedridden. I warn patients that for every day in bed especially if critically ill, it can take 4 days of therapy to regain strength to the previous level. Activity is so important for overall and muscle health! ...Read more
Strength loss first: It is amazing how quickly lack of activity can impact the body. Muscle weakness, and even loss of muscle mass is a common and quick effect of illness and being bedridden. I warn patients that for every day in bed especially if critically ill, it can take 4 days of therapy to regain strength to the previous level. Activity is so important for overall and muscle health! ...Read more
Is not eating anything after a workout bad for you? Some days i would lift weights before i slept, but ate in morning. Can this cause muscle atrophy?
It is bad for you: If you exercise by weight lifting, it is best to replenish the protein and carbohydrates you've needed in order to lift weights within an hour after stopping exercise. You're breaking down muscle by lifting, and consuming protein with some carbs to help absorb the protein in that first hour will help ensure adequate muscle repair and growth. Otherwise, you're just breaking down muscle for energy. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Neuropathy: Muscles atrophy for a number of reasons. They can atrophy from malnutrition. They can atrophy from diseases that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems. In the case of diabetes, the most common cause of atrophy is the development of peripheral neuropathy which damages the nerves mainly in the legs but can also affect the arms. This causes loss of sensation, pain and sometimes atrophy. ...Read more
I am 53 years old. I have had 59 operations. The last two were a year ago and I am suffering with total body muscle atrophy. I need help.
Should i be worried about muscle atrophy if i notice odd curves in my quads that i've never noticed before? Or is that related to something else?
Hard to tell without: A physical exam. If there is pain, then see a physician. Also, if you have any other symptoms or pathologies like back pain and you are noting atrophy, then see a dr. If you have just quit working out, you may note some change in muscle mass, but they should remain symmetric. If you notice any other symptoms, or feel like these are not just normal muscle curvatures, see a doc just to be safe. ...Read more
Seems like I'm having muscle atrophy in my face. What can I do to reverse and stop this from happening. This is the 6th month that I've noticed this.
Atrohy not described: Levofloxacin can cause tendon rupture,especially Achilis tendon mostly in elderly.Tendinitis can be caused by this. Muscle atrophy has not been described. Should not be used routinely in younger than 18 or above 70.Caution must be exercised if QT prolongation in ECG. Headache,insomnia,pain,dizziness &fatigue are some of the side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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