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Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Overview)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from brain to muscle itself.


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Does hypo or hyperkalemia cause muscle weakness?

Does hypo or hyperkalemia cause muscle weakness?

Hypo: Potassium is needed to help muscle function. Without enough potassium, there is a change in the conduction of cells within a muscle. This change can lead to cramping, weakness and even heart arrythmias. People who have poor diets or who take diuretics "water pills" can develop hypokalemia more often. ...Read more

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
788 doctors shared insights

Muscle Weakness (Overview)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from brain to muscle itself.


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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Daily
Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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What techniques could be used to determine the cause of severe muscle weakness after only mild exercise?

What techniques could be used to determine the cause of severe muscle weakness after only mild exercise?

Many: The workup would start with metabolic tests, thyroid function tests, serum chemistries, blood counts, and could progress to electromyograms, nerve conduction tests, and also muscle biopsy. ...Read more

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I feel fatigue and muscle weakness.Mood is ok but doc prescribed prozac (fluoxetine).Had weaned off Prozac (fluoxetine) a yr ago after treating depression and OCD type anxiety?

I feel fatigue and muscle weakness.Mood is ok but doc prescribed prozac (fluoxetine).Had weaned off Prozac (fluoxetine) a yr ago after treating depression and OCD type anxiety?

Needs evaluation: Cant say from the info provided that your past problems are your current problems, though you may have a preoccupation with illness until you are proven to be well your complaints should be taken seriously and worked up by a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for muscle weakness?

What is the best treatment for muscle weakness?

Therapy: After removing any possible reversible causes from the equation, i would recommend therapy for strengthening. ...Read more

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Do drugs or alcohol cause muscle weakness or unsteady walking?

Do drugs or alcohol cause muscle weakness or unsteady walking?

Yes.: Many specific drugs can cause weakness and unsteady gait- too many to list here. Acute and chronic alcohol ingestion may produce unsteady or ataxic gait. ...Read more

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I have been taking Zetia (ezetimibe) 10 mg tablets for about 9 months. I have had body aches and muscle weakness as I have had with other statins. Suggestions?

I have been taking Zetia (ezetimibe) 10 mg tablets for about 9 months. I have had body aches and muscle weakness as I have had with other statins. Suggestions?

Try going off med: Zetia (ezetimibe) is not a statin but this med too can cause muscle inflammation. If you have symptoms that might be caused by a med, talk with your doctor and stop it for a while to see how you feel. But do it with your doctor so that you can decide on the plan together. ...Read more

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I take the generic for Effexor (venlafaxine) XR experience lots of side effects, dry mouth, sweating , muscle weakness, constipation. How can I prevent them?

I take the generic for Effexor (venlafaxine) XR experience lots of side effects, dry mouth, sweating , muscle weakness, constipation. How can I prevent them?

Side effects: I would discuss this with your dr as soon as possible and try to determine an alternative to the medication or a treatment for the symptoms that is compatible with the medication. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Weak Muscles (Definition)

Muscle weakness can be described as either a perceived or measurable loss in muscle strength. This loss can be due to host of conditions, including but not limited to, age, ...Read more