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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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My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! :(

My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! :(

Previous surgery?: A condition called chronic arachnoiditis can cause clumping of the nerve roots. Previous surgery or nerve damage can cause the changes in the paraspinal muscles you describe. A neurosurgeon or orthopedic back surgeon can give you the best guidance. ...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 and 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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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