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Is atrophy the same as muscle wasting?

Is atrophy the same as muscle wasting?

Yes: Atrophy means a decrease in bulk of which muscle wasting is a similar term when looking at muscle tissue. There are many reasons for why this can occur.

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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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What causes unilateral thigh muscle wasting?

What causes unilateral thigh muscle wasting?

Symptom?: Without a good history one cannot be sure of the cause an L4 lesion, say a disc can cause it as well as conditions such as diabetic amyotrophy.

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What does muscle wasting (atrophy) feel like if anything?

What does muscle wasting (atrophy) feel like if anything?

Weak: Atrophy (muscle wasting) is often sneaky and painless. The wasted muscle feels weak, and often 'untrustworthy'. A knee may buckle if the quad is atrophied, or grip may fail and cause dropping of objects with hand atrophy. Sometimes patients feel an aching due to fatigue, or even trembling. In some cases, twitching or spasms can occur.

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Ways and methods that can prevent or minimize muscle wasting during aerobic exercise?

Ways and methods that can prevent or minimize muscle wasting during aerobic exercise?

Protein powder: And fruit smoothies can provide nutrition and hydration. Try to avoid electrolyte drinks that contain a lot of sugar. Peace and good health.

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What do you suggest if my LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247 can't take statis causes muscle wasting.?

What do you suggest if my LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247 can't take statis causes muscle wasting.?

Statin intolerance: Hi. If you can't tolerate any dose of a statin, that's a bummer, but it happens. Alternatives you could use include colesevelam and ezetimibe. New drugs will soon be out that you could also use (PCSK-9 inhibitors). But at least for now, get on colesevelam and ezetimibe to get that LDL controlled. Good luck.

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What is the definition or description of: Muscle wasting?

Atrophy: Muscle wasting is a general term to describe the gradual loss in muscle mass and can have a umber of potential causes. Atrophy is a similar term.

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Does muscle wasting start rapidly after nerve compression?

Does muscle wasting start rapidly after nerve compression?

Not first symptom: In the example of carpal tunnel which is compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, the first symptoms are usually sensory with numbness, tingling and paraesthesias. As the compression you will start to get motor or muscle changes typically affecting the thenar muscles whereby you may start to drop more small objects and develop atriophy.

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What is the definition or description of: Progressive muscle wasting?

Loss of muscle mass: Patients that have conditions that can cause progressive muscle wasting are typically neurologic which are associated with a decrease in muscle mass leading to progressive weakness which can cause many different symptoms based on the muscle or muscles affected

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Can nerve damage lead to muscle wasting?

Can nerve damage lead to muscle wasting?

Very Unnerving...: Most definitely, damage to a nerve supplying a muscles will cause the muscle to show varying degrees of degeneration. Several examples could include polio, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig's disease and traumatic severing of the nerve.

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Knee muscle wasting after injury. Is it reversible?

Knee muscle wasting after injury. Is it reversible?

THE MUSCLES AROUND: The joint can be rehab'd, hope it goes well for you. It will take a lot of effort but of course it is worth it.

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What to do if I have hyperthyroid and muscle wasting?

What to do if I have hyperthyroid and muscle wasting?

Antithyroid drugs: Prefer antithyroid drugs rather than radioactive iodine in most of my pateints with hyperthyroidism. Do Not us drugs, decongestants etc, too much caffeine which can make it worse.

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Muscle wasting possible due to ulnar nerve compression?

Muscle wasting possible due to ulnar nerve compression?

Yes: Depending on where nerve is compressed, muscles innervated may be affected. Commonly, muscle in first webspace, between thumb and index, become atrophied. Muscles between metacarpals, or interossei, can atrophy. Result is hand weakness with atrophy.

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My LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247. I can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. Alternatives?

My LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247. I can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. Alternatives?

Diet and exercise: There are several non-statin medications that can improve cholesterol numbers, but the majority of evidence suggests that statins are the only agents that actually prevent things like heart attacks and strokes. The most beneficial thing that you can do is to live a healthy lifestyle-healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise, and not smoking.

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What would cause right side muscle wasting?

Muscle loss: There are a number of possibilities...But more information is needed.... Where is the loss? Arm, leg, which muscles specifically. Nerve or root or spinal cord or brain problems can all be potential causes. I suggest you see a neurologist.

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What medication can be given for severe muscle wasting?

No simple answer: There are quite a few diseases that fall into the muscle wasting or atrophy category. They have different causes and as such, different treatments. Some can be successfully treated with exercise and medication, some cannot. The best advice is to seek out a specialist and find out what your treatment options are. Good luck.

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How to cure muscle wasting caused by diabetes type 2?

Diet, exercise,: Weight loss and glucose control are your only hope. Work w/your doctor and dietitian.

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What's the difference between muscle wasting disease or disuse atrophy?

Depends: Disuse atrophy simply suggests that a muscle weakens because of lack of use. A muscle wasting disease can be related to a number of underlying factors, e.g. A neurologic disorder such as muscular dystrophy or lou gehrig's disease. Neurology consultation should be able to help rule out the more worrisome conditions.

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Global muscle wasting condition has resolved. What are the chances that I can redevelop calf strength to restore my arches which went flat?

Probably pretty good: Depends on the cause of the muscle wasting but assuming you are recovered you should be able to build back strength. Specifically the muscle that supports your arch is the tibialis posterior whcih lies adjacent to your medial tibia. A good way to strengthen that muscle is to stand with the ball of your foot on a step and your heels down then step up on your toes pulling your heels together.

Dr. James Dukelow
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