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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

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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?

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

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What are the symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury?

What are the symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury?

Thenar atrophy: Thenar muscle weakness results in thumb abduction weakness. This movement is holding the thumb straight up when the back of your hand is turned down (not shown in the picture). It should be able to overcome some resistance to adopt this position. You may also see a dimple in the muscle area at the base of your thumb. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve damage? Can it be treated?

What are symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve damage? Can it be treated?

Nerve damage: Weakness of the thenar muscles leads to weakness in grip, opening jars, and difficulty with daily hygiene. Occupational therapy can rebuild strength in the hand. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation of the weakness. ...Read more

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Can I die from neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury of puncture wound?

Can I die from neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury of puncture wound?

No, not a threat: No, you cannot die of thenar atrophy, even if it is due to a puncture wound. ...Read more

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Thenar muscle on dominant hand is in general smaller than other hand, but no significant dents or wasting. Could this be normal? Or slow atrophy?

Thenar muscle on dominant hand is in general smaller than other hand, but no significant dents or wasting. Could this be normal? Or slow atrophy?

Carpal tunnel?: Only muscle innervated by the median nerve that is compressed in carpal tunnel syndrome is the apb the major muscle of the thenar eminence. Could be early findings of carpal tunnel syndrome, follow up with hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury cause als? Or does it only apply to those with nerve disease?

Prob not ALS: Thenar atrophy is normally caused by median mononeuropathy, aka carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes are relatively rare.

ALS may cause thenar atrophy, but since if affects multiple nerves and muscles, this should not be the only sign or symptom. Of course, thenar atrophy does not cause ALS. ...Read more

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I am a 43 yr old woman with severe right underarm and elbow pain with severe atrophy in both area and thenar muscle of right hand.?

I am a 43 yr old woman with severe right underarm and elbow pain with severe atrophy in both area and thenar muscle of right hand.?

Get examined: Your history and physical exam sugest you may have peripheral nerve root entrapment, possibly ac-spine problem, or both (dbl crush).Tenderness on the inner elbow w/tingling suggests an ulnar nerve entrapment (cubital tunnel) and thenar atrophy suggests long standing carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve).See an ors and get examined! Good luck! ...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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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 of the side effects. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for muscle atrophy?

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?

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?

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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How would I know if I have nerve damage or nerve inflammation in my thenar muscle? What are the symptoms?

How would I know if I have nerve damage or nerve inflammation in my thenar muscle? What are the symptoms?

Exam, emg/ncv: A good history and exam by a doctor as well as a possible EMG/nerve conduction test can be used to come down to this diagnosis. Symptoms could include numbness, weakness, or tingling in the thenar area. ...Read more

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SBBO and gastroparesis have no known cause? Shouldn't I be having tests ran too 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 too 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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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?

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?

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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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?

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.

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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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

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 general term to describe the gradual loss in muscle mass and can have a umber of potential causes. Atrophy ...Read more