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I did an arm workout 3 days ago and have had progressive upper arm tricep muscle weakness,aching, swelling, hurts to move & flex my arm. Pain 7/10. ?

I did an arm workout 3 days ago and have had progressive upper arm tricep muscle weakness,aching, swelling, hurts to move & flex my arm. Pain 7/10. ?

Rhabdomyolysis: Rhabdo is a breakdown of muscle that can occur after a heavy workout. It can be worsened by taking an NSAID such as ibuprofen. If your urine has turned dark, please see your primary care provider immediately. In the mean time, drink plenty of water to keep your kidneys flushed out. ...Read more

Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more


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Cervical fusion schedule pain is tolerable but numbness and muscle weakness still in arm should i still have fusion done?

Cervical fusion schedule pain is tolerable but numbness and muscle weakness still in arm should i still have fusion done?

Only Ur spine surg..: ...eon can answer this 4 U. If U question his/her recommendations U could seak a 2nd opinion. Do it soon as Ur symptoms significant & 2 return strength is time sensitive. Meaning if there is a large herniated disk & has been there for a while, & its return is proportional 2 the amount of compression of the nerve root, & how long. There comes a time when it will not recover. ...Read more

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What could worsening muscle weakness and pain in one arm be caused by?

What could worsening muscle weakness and pain in one arm be caused by?

Search for: PInched nerve in shoulder, neck, elbow, or wrist. EMG study and perhaps imaging will pin down. ...Read more

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2 painful pea sized lumps on the inside crease of my arm + muscle weakness. Worried because the warnings of lymphoma risk on mtx. What could they be?

2 painful pea sized lumps on the inside crease of my arm + muscle weakness. Worried because the warnings of lymphoma risk on mtx. What could they be?

See details: It is impossible to say without being able to examine the area. It could be small cysts or small lymph nodes. The risk of lymphoma is low. See your doctor. ...Read more

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CK was 369 U/L, should I be concerned? CK-MB was 2.5 ng/ml. Could it be ALS? No muscle weakness noted but twitching in arm.

CK was 369 U/L, should I be concerned? CK-MB was 2.5 ng/ml. Could it be ALS? No muscle weakness noted but twitching in arm.

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Any muscular activity will raise CK level. You may visit this site for information on this topic: https://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/8336 ...Read more

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Does any part in the thoracic spine region cause muscle weakness in both arm and leg?

Does any part in the thoracic spine region cause muscle weakness in both arm and leg?

No: The nerves to the arms arise from the cervical region. The nerves to the legs arise from the lumbar region. I would go see a neurologist for ongoing problems ...Read more

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Persistant twitch left arm for 11 days. No muscle weakness and no pain. Worse during daytime and better at nights. Between elbow and wrist.

Persistant twitch left arm for 11 days. No muscle weakness and no pain.  Worse during daytime and better at nights.  Between elbow and wrist.

Probably nothing bad: That doesn't sound like it is likely anything too serious but should probably be checked out anyway. There are some relatively rare neurological conditions that can result in muscle twitching without other initial symptoms. ...Read more

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Have suspected ms, muscle weakness in left lower arm and hand gets worse thru the day but ok at night. Ms symptom or something else? Ms not confirmed.

Have suspected ms, muscle weakness in left lower arm and hand gets worse thru the day but ok at night. Ms symptom or something else? Ms not confirmed.

Here is an approach: First, be certain that problems in left arm are not associated with nerve compression at wrist, elbow, shoulder, or neck. An EMG study will certainly help. Secondly, mri's of both brain and spinal cord may be helpful, and spinal fluid analysis can also be needed. If your current doctors are unsure, get a second opinion at a nearby medical school. Unlikely, but maybe a myasthenic problem exists. ...Read more

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Can a pinched spinal cord in the neck cause muscle weakness and astrophy on your whole arm and leg muscle. Can a pinch back spinal cause same.

Can a pinched spinal cord in the neck cause muscle weakness and astrophy on your whole arm and leg muscle.    Can a pinch back spinal cause same.

To involve the leg: there would have to be spinal cord involvement or a second lesion below the cervical level. If you develop increased tone and reflexes to go along with weakness and atrophy the problem may be further upstream (eg stroke). If the issue is "where is the lesion ?" the answer may need to come from a neurologist. That's a big part of what we do. ...Read more

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Can you have muscle weakness in you arm and legs if you have cervical entrapment in your neck and back due to a disk herniation?

Can you have muscle weakness in you arm and legs if you have cervical entrapment in your  neck and back  due to a disk herniation?

Yes: Depending on what vertebral levels are affected, you can have pinching of the nerves as they exit one or both sides of the vertebral column, so one or both sides could be affected.If the disc herniation is toward the spinal cord, esp. in the neck where there is little extra space, the effects could be worse & affect more then the limbs.Weakness/decreased reflexes are an indication for surgery. ...Read more

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I am experiencing arm numbness and arm weakness. The following also describe me: Shoulder muscle weakness, Weakness on one side of body, and Loss of speech. What should I do?

I am experiencing  arm numbness and arm weakness. The following also describe me: Shoulder muscle weakness, Weakness on one side of body, and Loss of speech. What should I do?

Get checked out: These symptoms are worrisome, get checked ASAP. Numbness and weakness and inability to speak are classic symptoms of a stroke, not common in your age group, but can be devastating. There are several other things that could cause this, multiple sclerosis, migraine, vascular infection (vasculitis), heart infection with blood clots come to mind, all serious. Did you have loss of vision in one eye? ...Read more

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My mother is having sudden left-sided muscle weakness with double vision and tingling in her arm and leg? What could this possibly be?

My mother is having sudden left-sided muscle weakness with double vision and tingling in her arm and leg? What could this possibly be?

Call MD asap: People with sudden onset of weakness and numbness on one side of the body raise a strong concern for possible stroke, particularly when associated with possible brainstem signs of double vision. Early evaluation and/or treatment is very important to prevent worsening of deficits and/or possible treatment. ...Read more

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Any ideas? I'm a 37f with lump under arm, high calcium, muscle weakness, can't stay asleep. Wbc and RBC in normal range by 2 or 3. (Low)

Any ideas?  I'm a 37f with lump under arm, high calcium, muscle weakness, can't stay asleep.  Wbc and RBC in normal range by 2 or 3. (Low)

Lump under arm: How hi was the calcium? Seek medical attention over the next 24 hours. High calcium can cause issues with muscle contraction and weakness and needs to be treated promptly. The lump may be a lymph node so there is always concern about breast/ lung cancer ( mammo,CXR) , lymphoma (CXR),melanoma, cat scratch fever ,brucellosis, sporotrichosis . Follow up with your doctor/urgent care tomorrow ...Read more

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Jaw pain, whiplash, anxiety, arm numbness, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, feel really weak/fatigued, lack of motivation, feel faint, pleasehelp?

Wow, too complex: Mentioning whiplash suggests u had an injury? Whiplash is graded based upon the extent of "systemic symptoms". These (dizzy/faint, nausea, headaches, etc) result from unbalance sympathetic nervous system response to the "shock" of the injury. More serious injuries need to be ruled out however. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain, arm pain, arm weakness, hip pain, leg pain, muscle weakness (side: one side) , wrist pain, hand pain, elbow pain and popping or snapping sound from shoulder joint. The following also describe me: Hand weakness, Loss of streng

I am experiencing  neck pain, arm pain, arm weakness, hip pain, leg pain, muscle weakness (side: one side) , wrist pain, hand pain, elbow pain and popping or snapping sound from shoulder joint. The following also describe me: Hand weakness, Loss of streng

Medical evaluation: You have many complaints that can suggest many problems and beyond the scope of this space. Muscle weakness can come from inflammatory muscle disease and lab testing and a full neurologic exam. Arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid can cause joint pain but also muscle pain. Problems in the spine such as disc narrowing can cause some of these issues. Again you need a full workup by a provider ...Read more

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I experience pain in arms, like muscle weakness and soreness. Any idea what it might be?

Pain: many things can cause this. Some of the more common ones would be hypothyroidism, an electrolyte imbalance, a viral illness to fibromyalgia. More rarer causes could be Lyme disease or poly myalgia rheumatica or PMR. See your doctor to discuss and for labs and exam. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Upper arm weakness?

What is the definition or description of: Upper arm weakness?

Proximal: The muscles of the upper arm include the deltoid and the rotator cuff muscles that move the proximal arm and shoulder. They are important in positioning the hand in various positions in activities of daily living and as such are extremely important for daily functioning. There are multiple potential causes of weakness in this area. ...Read more

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Can osteopenia cause muscle weakness in your arms and legs?

Can osteopenia cause muscle weakness in your arms and legs?

No. : Osteopenia is simply softening of the bones. It is not painful and does not affect the muscles. ...Read more

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What causes severe upper arm weakness, rolled forward shoulders, and winging of the scapula (more pronounced on the left side) in a 30 y.o. female?

There ate many poss-: -ibilies. Winging of the scapula is best tested by doing a wall pushup. If severe winging could be due to nerve injury to the brachial plexus involving the long thoracic nerve of Bell. Seen after breast removal. Because of arm weakness brachial plexus higher up as in TOS can cause this. Seek out a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon 4 exam& images. Hands on exam is needed. ...Read more

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Bad muscle weakness, can't walk or keep arms up long. Stairs, standing up hard. Resisted rheum pushing arms, legs. Read this shows nrml strngth?

See details: Something does not compute here. I am not certain how truly weak you can be if the rheumatologist found normal strength on exam. Get an opinion with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Mri postelateral and lateral disc protrusion more to right i suffered a sudden muscle weakness on the right chest and lat. But not the arms curable?

Mri postelateral and lateral disc protrusion more to right  i suffered a sudden muscle weakness on the right chest and lat. But not the arms  curable?

Yes: What level of the spine has the disc protrusion? A ruptured thoracic disc is rare. Oral nsaids or steroids could help. Injections are a more aggressive approach. Surgery is the most drastic alternative. Rest, physical therapy, time also can be useful. Any of these can help your situation. ...Read more

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I have had muscle weakness in my arms and back, and fatigue for three days. I have no motivation and random headaches that come and go. What can I do ?

I have had muscle weakness in my arms and back, and fatigue for three days. I have no motivation and random headaches that come and go. What can I do ?

Possible depression: At the present it is presenting like depression although a virus can do much of what you are describing. The first thing you have to do is get a check up with your family doctor. if your health seems to be fine i think the doctor should spend a lilttle time with you after the exam to find out what else may be going on. ...Read more

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Can CFS cause muscle weakness? Such as my arms getting tired and weak after cleaning for 5 mins. Would my platelet count stay above 440,000?

Can CFS cause muscle weakness? Such as my arms getting tired and weak after cleaning for 5 mins. Would my platelet count stay above 440,000?

See details: CFS does not cause a true weakness. However many diseases that cause weakness can also cause fatigue. The platelet count is not the issue. ...Read more

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Does myofascial pain syndrome cause swelling? Such as my arms and legs, and does it cause muscle weakness?

No swelling: Muscles may feel swollen but not appear to actually swell. The pain sometimes feels like weakness. ...Read more

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Is LEMS likely to cause nutritional deficiencies. Had muscle weakness thighs/arms for 18 months and what looks like malabsorption. Any ideas?

Is LEMS likely to cause nutritional deficiencies.  Had muscle weakness thighs/arms for 18 months and what looks like malabsorption. Any ideas?

LEMS: Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder. I am unaware that malbsorption is specifically its cause. However, a malabsorption problem would aggravate it. I good source to explore this is Immunolabs. They have a great web site about malabsorption . Hope that helps. ...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


Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Upper Arm Weakness (Definition)

The muscles of the upper arm include the deltoid and the rotator cuff muscles that move the proximal arm and shoulder. They are important in positioning the hand in various positions in activities of daily living and as such are extremely important for daily functioning. There are multiple potential causes of ...Read more