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Sudden Episodic Loss Of Muscle Control
May be neurological: Loss of muscle control can be due to problems in the brain or the nerves that control the particular muscles. A primary care doctor and a neurologist can evaluate to see where the problem is (the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves in the arms/hands, the muscles, etc...). Some disorders affect only one part of the body, while other diseases are generalized, affecting many muscles. ...Read more
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
Exam time: You need to have a good exam to determine why this is happening. Until then, it's good to keep track of your intake - food and fluids - amounts, types, time, duration. Note any other details like activity leve, stressors, etc. Tell the Dr all of this to help Dx. I hope it's not too serious and you get well soon. ...Read more
Impingements: Intermittent nerve compression can cause. Pinching occurs at costoclavicular dimension, true thoracic outlet. Raising arm unconsciously during sleep causes this space to close by a few millimeters, pinching main nerve ; artery to arm. Ulnar parasthesias (crawly tingling feelings) occur in pinky side of hand. This dynamic is called thoracic outlet syndrome (tos). See my discussion at quora. Com. ...Read more
I have headaches, severe cough and recent muscle cramps and loss of muscle control. I have had test done and no abnormalities appeared on an MRI and nothing wrong with my lungs in an x-ray. I have not been to a doctor since the muscle cramps started. I ha
Your: Your symptoms are very concerning and you need a complete medical evaluation. I am particularly concerned about the new symptom of muscle cramping and loss of hand control. I am glad you had an MRI and x-rays, but with your persistent symptoms of headache, cough, and now muscle cramps, you need a complete and thorough medical evaluation. It may help to write down your symptoms prior to visiting your doctor so that you can explain them completely. ...Read more
I was stung by 3 bees on the bottom of my foot and big toe. I'm now having moderate-severe joint pain and mild-moderate loss of muscle control.
I am having muscle spasms in my upper back and right arm that cause my right arm to actually visibly jerk. It's very unnerving loss of control. Ideas?
Hard to say: While it is hard to quantify and measure, common wisdom is that it takes twice as the period of absence to regain the lost fitness/strength due to that absence. ...Read more
When trying to lose fat (not muscle). How many lbs of fat can I safely lose in a week while minimizing muscle loss?
After doing cardio, scale sometimes goes up a pound. Do muscles swell? Initial gain is discouraging, but usually see a loss few days later.
Fluid?: Do you drink (water or other replacement) when you exercise (as you should!). Don't weigh yourself during the day: there are too many variables. Always weigh yourself first thing in the morning, after emptying the bladder fully, no clothes, same scale, same place, same time. There will still be variability depending on diet& bowel movement factors - so once a week is as often as you should check. ...Read more
Get 2 a health club: Get together with an AT-C & work out an e exercise program that includes a balanced diet & weight lifting 1 day & cardio the next & so on U will loose fat & gain muscle. Ur weight may not decrease but U will look toned, feel better about Ur self. Ur diet must be calorie deficient, cals in need 2 B ...Read more
Not likely: Unless your caloric intake is so low that your are burning more calories then your are taking in. That's a great habit for keeping G you active. I congratulate you on your efforts. ...Read more
Ok my stomach muscles and side back muscles stay tenses 24/7 and I have wheigh loss 190 to 142 in 6 months could it all be from the muscles?
See a doctor: No, you cannot lose that much weight unintentionally in such a short time just because of muscle tension. You need to go see a doctor to figure out what is causing your weight loss and the other symptoms. Don't delay. ...Read more
Yes: To lose fat, eat less calories than you need. To preserve muscle, be physically active and try to use all muscle groups, large and small. Being active most days of the week, is important to maintain muscle mass, while losing fat. You can be active even 5 minutes a hour, while sitting at a desk job, It can add up at the end of the day to 30 to 40 min of activity. ...Read more
I'll say it again: Eat less and exercise more.Get a more detailed answer ›
Should we do cardio right before our workout? I Read that it causes muscle loss, should it be done before if your goal is to gain muscle and lose fat.
Gain/lose muscle: Although this is a rather complex issue, my recommendation is to use your workout to either build mass OR increase cardiovascular ability. Heavy weights/low reps tend to build muscle. Low weight/high reps tend to burn calories and help endurance. You're likely to find that trying to do both in one workout will leave you achieving neither goal, feeling exhausted and frustrated with lack of progress ...Read more
No: Because muscles are being used (for example, the muscles in the hands and arms), the muscles can become a bit more toned but probably not larger (unless one is spending way too much time with this activity). ...Read more
Continue to Train: If hand is in cast, modify exercises to continue strength training in biceps, triceps, forearm mm. Some studies suggest training contralateral side will help preserve strength in injured mm. Some injuries allow for switch to high repetition (50-100) lifts w/ much lighter weights. Though not likely to build strength, can be effective method of preserving strength and muscle size. ...Read more
Terrific!: You need to be sure to get enough lean protein daily and reduce your sugar intake, including white, starchy carbohydrates. A weight loss physician can help you decide upon the amount of protein and how to limit your sugars. And don't forget the importance of muscle training to help keep your muscle mass while losing your excess body fat. ...Read more
Endocrine disorder: Many possibilities. Recommend a complete physical with your doctor. ...Read more
Cardio: It should not but you will loose fat. ...Read more
I am starting the gym very soon, would running (cardio) cause muscle loss in any way or slow down the process of building muscle?
Exercise: It should tone your muscles and make you loose fat but not loose muscle mass. ...Read more
I am a 5"11 male weighing weighed 243 lbs, and went down to 229 without exercising or any physical activity. Is it muscle loss or fat loss?
Probably fat loss: If there is not an ongoing illness, and if a person was doing the same amount of daily activities (even if it is "no" activity) earlier compared with now, then his body is unlikely to lose muscle. If he were more active earlier, and then became bedridden due to illness, then some muscle would be loss. ...Read more
If I lose 4lbs a week through dieting alone, would it be mostly fat, muscle or water loss. Not intending to lose that much but very curious?
It depends: The content of the diet, calories consumed, and even levels of exercise/activity, can effect if primarily lean tissue or fat is consumed. With most dieting the first weight loss is often attributed to fat stored in the liver being burned off. There is clearly controversy about the safety of popular diets. ideally patients can afford individualized care by a qualified professional. ...Read more
I'm a 5"10, 77kg, 25 year old man. If I cut calories by 600 below my daily needs what fat to muscle loss ratio can I expect per week. I don't exercise or intend to at this point. I know it's a difficult question but an estimate will be fine?
No consistent ratio: The ratio of fat to muscle loss with any given calorie deficit depends partly on the nutritional composition of your diet. You need the proper balance of unrefined carbs, high quality protein and some fat to avoid muscle loss & maintain stable blood sugar levels. Regardless, weight training is ESSENTIAL to maintaining muscle mass. See >hsph. Harvard. Edu/obesity prevention ...Read more