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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

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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If I am practicing a high protein diet will this slow muscle atrophy while I am temporarily bedridder?

If I am practicing a high protein diet will this slow muscle atrophy while I am temporarily bedridder?

Not as much help: Hi, while it is important to have a balaced diet with a bit more protein than usual, it will not really stop muscle atrophy. You need to use as much muscle as possible preferably weight bearing.I would need to know more about the degree of temporary disablity that you will have. Is is possible to use your upper or lower body muscles? That would help.Physical therapy even passive would benefit you. ...Read more

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How do you over come muscle atrophy when you are wearing a cast?

How do you over come muscle atrophy when you are wearing a cast?

Can't: I don't think you can. This is known as disuse atrophy because you are not able to use it. As soon as that cast comes off you have to get to work to build the muscle back up. ...Read more

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How is muscle atrophy caused?

How is muscle atrophy caused?

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

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What are signs of muscle atrophy?

What are signs of muscle atrophy?

Decreased bulk: Muscle atrophy is shrinking of the muscle, leading to a wasted appearance. It can be due to muscle disease, nerve damage, malnutrition, or simple disuse. A neurologist can help determine what may be causing the atrophy and if it can be arrested or reversed. ...Read more

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What does me muscle atrophy feel like?

You may not: Feel it at all. You may notice that f.E. Your hand or leg has gotten thinner or weaker. ...Read more

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Can progressive muscle atrophy be stopped?

Can progressive muscle atrophy be stopped?

Depends on cause: A physiatrist, or doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation can evaluate the individual and come up with a plan to maximize function. The prognosis depends on the cause of the symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if one sided muscle atrophy please help!!?

Examination : there could be several explanations for muscle atrophy. One of which may be nerve compression . You should be examined by your doctor. ...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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Muscle Wasting (Definition)

Muscle wasting is a clinical finding where one or more muscles have decreased in size due to disuse, inadequate blood ...Read more