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Muscles Atrophy Generalized
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
Maybe: Muscle atrophy by itself is not usually painful. If the cause of atrophy is a pinched nerve, then there maybe significant pain involved. Also, of atrophy affects function of a joint, then it may cause pain when you user the joint. Also, the weak muscle will tire out sooner and get sore from overuse more quickly. ...Read more
Will muscle atrophy just keep shrinking my muscles while I am stuck in bed after multiple fractures?
Activity critical!: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neck tendonitis. Is 3 weeks with a neck brace too long? Scared about muscle atrophy. Doc insists 3 wks bracing then Physio to restore muscles, ?
Yes: Yes, in my opinion, 3 weeks in a neck brace is too long for a simple cervical strain. If you still need to wear a neck brace 3 weeks after injury, then further studies such an MRI should be considered. If it is just a strain, collar rarely used long secondary to causing iatrogenic stiffness and atrophy. ...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 2 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
Muscles: Nsaid's (anti-inflammatory meds) block certain prostaglandins that are necessary for muscles to grow, and possibly recover, so indirectly yes, they could cause risk of atrophy. Muscle relaxants work mostly on nervous system, so primarily indirect impact - primarily if used to reduce pain, it is the lack of use that causes atrophy. Any direct impact on muscle would depend on specific drug. ...Read more
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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