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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. ...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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What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

Nerve damage: If you have unilateral muscle weakness and atrophy there has to be an injury or impingement of the nerve which innervates that part of your leg. A demyelinating process such as MS may also lead to muscle atrophy and weakness unilaterally. Other causes may be trauma to that muscle, prolonged immobilization in a cast, or not weight bearing on the leg can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. ...Read more

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Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

very unusual: They are likely related to a similar cause. The potential list of causes can range from; poor postural mechanics, nerve root dysfunction from the neck region, muscular dystrophy and even some types of arthritis. It really warrants an evaluation from a specialist if you have not seen one yet. ...Read more

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Can nerve entrapment cause weight loss, muscle wasting and muscle weakness.

Can nerve entrapment cause weight loss,  muscle wasting and muscle weakness.

No and Yes: Motor nerve entrapment can definitely cause muscle wasting & weakness - but only of a particular muscle or muscle group innervated by that nerve. It's unlikely to cause weight loss except if you lose a large amount of muscle mass.If generalized weight loss &/or generalized muscle weakness is occurring, you need a proper medical evaluation to determine cause; it's unlikely to be nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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Sore iliacus muscle (hip flexor muscle)?

Sore iliacus muscle (hip flexor muscle)?

Stretch.: Hip flexors get tight from sitting. A great hip stretch is the yoga pose "warrior 1". Another safe stretch is to lie on your stomach then flex the knee, bringing your heel towards your hip. Otc anti inflammatory meds can help. See an orhopaedist if you experience snapping or clicking in your hip. ...Read more

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Left bicept muscle jumping?

Left bicept muscle jumping?

Muscle spasm: I get it sometimes to very common sometimes painful and often unnerving. ...Read more

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Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Please spell out: ARS. I know what ARV therapy stands for, but not ARS. Anti-retroviral side effects? If you do mean ART, please specify which ARV's you're referring to. ...Read more

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What different between muscle weakness and muscle atrophy?

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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Can disc bulge at l5-s1 cause atrophy of calf muscle?

Can disc bulge at l5-s1 cause atrophy of calf muscle?

Yes: In a young person like yourself, you might want to get a neurosurgery consult. Atrophy of muscle due to a disc bulge is an indication for surgery. Pain from a disc can be treated with medication and physical therapy in many cases; muscle atrophy or loss of function cannot. ...Read more

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Muscle weakness in my thigh why?

Muscle  weakness  in my thigh why?

Muscle weakness x 1: weakness on one side, in one muscle group, could be due to injury or something called radiculopathy. The latter is a pinched nerve root in the lower back. It may also cause pain or numbness. If you have pain, numbness and weakness on one side, in one muscle group, radiculopathy is the likely answer. ...Read more

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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago.  Disuse atrophy to lower leg.  Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf.  Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does sciatica cause muscle twitching?

Does sciatica cause muscle twitching?

Yes: Acutely compressed nerves can result in muscle twitching, muscle spasm and typical painful radiation patterns. This is due to the abnormal signal the nerves are now sending to the muscles which are reacting to its signal. Sometimes this is an involuntary action in which the nerve is reacting like a reflex arc that is on replay. This cycle of nerve signaling needs to be broken to improve this. ...Read more

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What type of muscle twitch fibers does the psoas muscle have?

What type of muscle twitch fibers does the psoas muscle have?

Type 1 and 2: All skeletal muscle has a mixture of type 1 (slow twitch) and type 2 (fast twitch) muscle fibers, including the psoas. ...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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What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

A charlie horse.....: Large muscles use a lot of energy to do work, and this is supplied by blood. If the supply is not adequate their can be painful spasm; and if metabolites from heavy activity are not removed there can be spasm. Other causes can be a trapped nerve root irritating the muscle. Some people have greater likelihood of spasm due to underlying genetic causes. ...Read more

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Does ALS cause muscle pain?

Does ALS cause muscle pain?

Yes: Due to either muscle spasms or spasticity, or even co-morbidities, about 50% of ALS sufferers have pain. ...Read more

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Does ALS cause muscle paIn?

Does ALS cause muscle paIn?

ALS does!: Muscle pain is a major feature of ALS, a relatively uncommon disease! ...Read more

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Can pinchef nerve cause weak oblique muscle or stomach muscles.

Can pinchef nerve cause weak oblique muscle or stomach muscles.

Unlikely: That a pinched nerve would cause this problem. You would probably benefit from a good neurologic and muscle function exam. ...Read more

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What causes weak thigh, hamstring, and gluteal muscles in older people?

What causes weak thigh, hamstring, and gluteal muscles in older people?

Natural history: Gait analysis studies show thigh (quad muscle) inhibition and weakness as we age. It is a natural cause of limping (or knee hyperextended walking), which aggravates the hamstring tendons. Exercises to retrain the quad muscles can help. These exercises include straight leg raises, exercise bicycle, and gentle stairclimbing. Forcing yourself not to limp will also help. ...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?

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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Injured my knee3 wks ago,still waiting on MRI.unable to bend all the way&still swollen.Now I have noticeable thigh muscle atrophy. what can I do?

Injured my knee3 wks ago,still waiting on MRI.unable to bend all the way&still swollen.Now I have noticeable thigh muscle atrophy. what can I do?

Suggest: Sounds like you have significant injury to your knee, and the thigh atrophy is not unusual under the circumstances. Would be an excellent idea to get some physical therapy while you await the MRI, and hopefully, you have already seen an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Why I have abdominal obesity with fatty thighs and upper limd muscle atrophy?

Body Morphology: Our individual body morphology depends on sex, genetics, and activity levels. Men tend to deposit fat in their core/abdomen. However, i would recommend seeing your physician if you have true muscle atrophy of your arms to ensure there is no other problem. And of course, please discuss this issue with your physician to obtain better answers in relation to your specific medical history. ...Read more

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Reasons and treatment for leg muscle atrophy in 65 years old man.

Reasons and treatment for leg muscle atrophy in 65  years old man.

If due 2 no medical-: -reasons, it is due 2 disuse and the treatment is exercise as he can tolerate. Physical therapy would B a good idea 2 get him into the proper program that suits his abilities and needs. ...Read more

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Supposedly diagnosed with RSD, however I disagree. Leg pain for 4 years so stopped exercising legs. Wouldn't there be muscle atrophy by now?

Supposedly diagnosed with RSD, however I disagree. Leg pain for 4 years so stopped exercising legs. Wouldn't there be muscle atrophy by now?

Pin down diagnosis: Would be very unusual to have RSD occur bilaterally and symmetrically, and your pain probably is due to small fiber peripheral neuropathy. To prove or disprove, a skin punch biopsy could be done. Since this involves sensation, muscles would not be involved and thus, atrophy would not occur. ...Read more

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Other than surgery what else an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Other than  surgery what else  an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Therapy: The best non-surgical option is therapy to work on muscle stengthening. You may want to be seen by a physiatrist (rahabilatation doctor) to determine any special modalities and/or medications that may be beneficial in recovery of the muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Please spell out: ARS. I know what ARV therapy stands for, but not ARS. Anti-retroviral side effects? If you do mean ART, please specify which ARV's you're referring to. ...Read more

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I have pain in my achilles at the base of my heel, muscle atrophy in the same foot and leg and now pain in the knee. What could this be? I am 28.

Mononeuritis: you have disease of a nerve going to your leg, causing loss of muscle mass, nerve pain. See neurologist asap. I would go to healthgrades and find a descent one in your area ...Read more

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Leg muscle atrophy- back pain- fatigue - low platlet count= 10 lb weight loss in 11/2 weeks ?

Leg muscle atrophy- back pain- fatigue - low platlet count= 10 lb weight loss in 11/2 weeks ?

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...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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can levofloxacin cause muscle atrophy ?

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?

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 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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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

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