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I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

Depends on diagnosis: I am assuming that you have seen multiple neurologists and neuro muscular specialists. It is not possible to predict the prognosis with the information provided. Your neuro muscular specialist will be in the best position to tell. Please see one if you have not. ...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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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 does me muscle atrophy feel like?

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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How is muscle atrophy related to diabetes?

How is muscle atrophy related to diabetes?

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

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How can I prevent from having muscle atrophy?

How can I prevent from having muscle atrophy?

Utilize muscle: If you don't use it you lose it... So try to move and excercise the muscle you are concerend about. Or have someone else excercise it for you if you are not able to. ...Read more

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I got thinner overall, does it call muscle atrophy?

Not really: Atrophy of muscle is usually seen in peripheral nervous systems and is associated with other signs such as fasciculation and diminished reflexes. Best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for muscle atrophy once out of the icu?

What can be done for muscle atrophy once out of the icu?

Physical therapy: Work with a physical therapist to help excercise and build up muscle strength. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Need discussion : You have a complicated medical history that requires detailed review by a physician familiar with you to be able to offer any meaningful advice. ...Read more

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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

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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 is muscle atrophy and what causes it?

What is muscle atrophy and what causes it?

Loss of size: Muscle atrophy is caused by loss of muscle or nerve injury and loss of neurologic input to the muscle. ...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

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Can I be experiencing muscle atrophy from being bed ridden for 3 weeks?

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

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How fast will muscle atrophy occur when you stuck in bed from an injury?

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

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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?

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 more

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Can levofloxacin cause muscle atrophy?

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 side effects. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for muscle atrophy?

Identify cause: Need to know the cause to be able to treat. If the cause is disuse, exercise will solve the problem. ...Read more

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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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Do antiinflammatories and muscle relaxants cause muscle atrophy?

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

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How long after stopping an exercise program will muscle atrophy start taking place?

Immediately: You start to lose muscle mass immediately, but not noticeable unless inactivity persists. ...Read more

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SBBO and gastroparesis have no known cause? Shouldn't I be having tests ran to figure out what's going on? I am so tired and muscle atrophy! What can

SBBO and gastroparesis have no known cause? Shouldn't I be having tests ran to figure out what's going on? I am so tired and muscle atrophy! What can

Different conditions: Bacterial overgrowth is treatable and I would recommend starting there. Diabetic gastroparesis is more and more used, otherwise poorly understood, for functional stomach conditions that result in delayed gastric emptying. Both conditions have specific diagnostic criteria. Would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist for further management. Also, cut down, if possible on NSAIDS, Advil/ Ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Is muscle atrophy a concern with bell's palsy?

Is muscle atrophy a concern with bell's palsy?

Not a major concern: The paralysis itself is of concern. The paralysed muscles will invariably atrophy due to lack of use. Once the muscles recover and start being used again they will enlarge. ...Read more

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What different between muscle weakness and muscle atrophy?

One is observed: Generally speaking, muscle weakness is something a patient perceives and something that we can test for in physical examination by doing a manual muscle test, etc. Atrophy is something we observe or visualize. In some cases they can be caused by the same thing (ex. nerve injury, immobilization, joint trauma), sometimes they are separate issues. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can poor circulation cause muscle atrophy eventually?

More complicated: Very poor circulation causes pain with activity which leads to disuse. Disuse results in atrophy. ...Read more

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Can an electrical current help stave off muscle atrophy for a short period?

Can an electrical current help stave off muscle atrophy for a short period?

Yes: Yes. Electrical stimulation can induce muscle contractions which can prevent muscle atrophy. ...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)

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