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Doctor insights on: Wasting Of Muscle In My Legs

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My doctor thinks I may have proximal muscle wasting in my leg. What and why?

My doctor thinks I may have proximal muscle wasting in my leg. What and why?

Ask doctor why?: Muscle wasting is seen with neurological problems, lack of exercise, aging, and when it is symptomatic, evaluation should be completed. When your doctor suggested that to you, the next question you should ask, "why doctor?". ...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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I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?

I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?

Yes: Muscle wasting in the leg could contribute to falls. Prolonged bed rest can lead to a cycle of decoditioning and muscle wasting. Physical therapy can help restore your strength. ...Read more

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I've noticed some muscle in my legs wasting away this was about 6 years ago after I had my first child and now it's seems after I had my second child ?

I've noticed some muscle in my legs wasting away this was about 6 years ago after I had my first child and now it's seems after I had my second child ?

Less Use?: This may be related to changes in your activity with the demands of a busy family? We'll need more details to go further. Do you have unsteadiness with your gait? Do you have trouble walking? Is the change symmetrical on each side? Is it progressive? or has it just lessened then stayed the same? Is there a significant family history? Are you getting plenty of exercise? ...Read more

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Why is all the muscles in all my arm and all my leg wasting away. I lift weight and it doesn't do anything. I use to be very tone but in losing weigh?

Why is all the muscles in all my arm and all my leg wasting away. I lift weight and it doesn't do anything.  I use to be very tone but in losing weigh?

I'm concerned...: Unexplained loss of muscle mass in a young person is concerning (especially if it is only on one side of the body) and should be investigated in person with a physical exam and possible labs and other studies (such as nerve studies). Many things can lead to this, including nutritional problems, lack of growth hormone or testosterone, nerve damage, etc. Be sure to be seen by your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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Do neurologist immediately do surgery if they see that a pinch nerve cause your arm and leg muscles to be weak and wasting away.

Do neurologist immediately do surgery if they see that a pinch nerve cause your arm and leg muscles to be weak and wasting away.

No: A neurologist is not a surgeon. A neurosurgeon or a spine surgeon would be the specialties that would operate on a spinal nerve that is being compressed. Certainly if you have significant weakness or numbness surgery becomes a very real option. Please follow up with the appropriate doctors as necessary ...Read more

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Does compressed nerve cause muscle wasting in you pecks along with your arms and legs muscle. Because all my muscles in my body is weak and wasting 23?

Not like this: A compressed nerve could cause atrophy (wasting) of a single muscle or muscle group. If, however, muscles are weak or wasting all over your body, you need to be concerned about disorders like muscular dystrophy, rhabdomyolysis, or other serious problems.History-esp. family history-of nerve/muscle/autoimmune disorders are important & tests likely must be done.A visit to your doctor ASAP is in order ...Read more

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Can a compressed nerve in the back cause you to have muscle weakness and wasting in your upper body and lower body. Arms and legs muscle.

Can a compressed nerve in the back cause you to have muscle weakness and wasting in your upper body and lower body. Arms and legs muscle.

Nerve Compression: Nerve compression can cause weakness and muscle wasting in the extremities. The nerves coming out of your neck go down the arm. The nerves coming out of the back go down your legs. If there is wasting in both the arms and the legs, their is likely a problem with both back and neck. See your chiropractor, for spine manipulation and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Will doctor operate if both arm and legs are weak astrophy and wasting away even stomach muscle is weak do to a compressed spinal cord or pinch nerve?

Will doctor operate if both arm and legs are weak astrophy and wasting away even stomach muscle is weak do to a compressed spinal cord or pinch nerve?

Yes: If weakness is due to spinal cord compression, that compression must be relieved on an emergency basis to prevent paralysis. Surgery may be used for that. . I think there is essential information not being shared with us here. ...Read more

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If I have rapid muscle wasting in legs, and a large, hard as bone mass growing in left hip joint, and shortness of breath - urgent care or reg office ?

If I have rapid muscle wasting in legs, and a large, hard as bone mass growing in left hip joint, and shortness of breath - urgent care or reg office ?

Emergency: something is causing damage to the nerves going to muscle in your legs, I am surprised the muscles in your legs are "jumping" or "twitching". You need an emergency room ...Read more

Wasting (Definition)

Wasting is a condition seen often in chronic disease, where a person loses weight involuntarily. It can be especially noticeable in the face, which takes ...Read more