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Doctor insights on: What Causes Muscle Loss In Legs

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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 would cause a loss of range of motion in a hip? I am unable to abduct left hip. Upper leg muscles feel weak, leg feels "stuck" when i abduct.

What would cause a loss of range of motion in a hip? I am unable to abduct left hip. Upper leg muscles feel weak, leg feels "stuck" when i abduct.

Any groin pain?: Any pain or limping with weight bearing/walking? Morning stiffness? If so consider hip joint problem. Consider labrum too. If groin muscles are sore perhaps a muscle strain. Bursitis of the lateral hip or gluteus medius/minimus muscle problem perhaps but you would have soreness of the lateral hip. Nerve issue can also cause weakness - look for numbness or tingling in other parts of the leg. ...Read more

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Can depression amd axiety cause muscle twitching in legs calves eyes lids and loss of weight without trying?

Can depression amd axiety cause muscle twitching in legs calves eyes lids and loss of weight without trying?

Definitely, yes: Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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In June I began having leg muscle weakness, in July I began having upset stomach - dr prescribed prilosec - caused me to lose my appetite and immediately lost 6 lbs. Now, I can barely keep from losing weight, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, lethargy an

In June I began having leg muscle weakness, in July I began having upset stomach - dr prescribed prilosec - caused me to lose my appetite and immediately lost 6 lbs. Now, I can barely keep from losing weight, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, lethargy an

Call dr again: Two things come to mind- (1) You have an adverse drug reaction to Prilosec (stopping it for a few days would be justified) or (2) Your problem is not from acid reflux at all or it may just be a coincidence. Neither can account for the leg weakness since it started before you took Prilosec. Call you doctor again and get a referral if indicated. ...Read more

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Can abilify (aripiprazole) cause permanent muscle mass loss and lost of coordination with limbs?

Can abilify (aripiprazole) cause permanent muscle mass loss and lost of coordination with limbs?

Discuss w/ Dr!!!: There are reports of muscle stiffness or rigidness but long term loss is different - definitely talk w/ Dr about your concerns. Your worry might become a problem if you don't learn to ask ?s whenever you get a Rx and knowing how to get the best benefits. I'd urge you to seek a good health psychologist for mgmt of medical issues - health anxiety. ...Read more

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I've had painless muscle in my legs for 3 months would I be seeing weekness already if it was motor neurons disease had weight loss to?

I've had painless muscle in my legs for 3 months would I be seeing weekness already if it was motor neurons disease had weight loss to?

Sorry.Please restate: I don't understand "painless" what? All muscles should NORMALLY be painless. Are you saying you've had weight loss only & are concerned this is a symptom for MND? Or that you have painless loss of muscle mass WITHOUT weakness & weight loss? Noticeable weakness may not occur right away depending on the individual. Loss of muscle mass with unintentional weight loss should be seen by a doctor now. ...Read more

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Loss v slep due to itchnss in heels of ft. Paniky anxious feeling, like ants in my blood in leg and ft, poor memory n thinking. Leg muscles throb. ??

Loss v slep due to itchnss in heels of ft. Paniky anxious feeling, like ants in my blood in leg and ft, poor memory n thinking. Leg muscles throb. ??

This symptom pattern: could be anything from severe allergies to anxiety to psychosis. Go to an MD to start diagnosing your symptoms so you can get some relief! ...Read more

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Weak leg n back muscle n loss of leg strength/tingling.Cant walk/stand for long.Is this sciatica?EMG normal.Have history of B12/D def.Now b12 is 250

Weak leg n back muscle n loss of leg strength/tingling.Cant walk/stand for long.Is this sciatica?EMG normal.Have history of B12/D def.Now b12 is 250

Possibly: An emg/ncv test is not 100 percent sensitive for sciatica, so it could possibly be coming from the irritation of a nerve in the back causing symptoms in the leg ("sciatica"), but there are other potential causes as well. An MRI of the lumbar spine would show if there is any nerve impingement that correlates with your symptoms. Continue being seen for further work up. ...Read more

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What more can I do to improve peroneal nerve damage in right leg since 2005. Ive muscle loss and drop foot. I've tried every exercise. Please help?

What more can I do to improve peroneal nerve damage in right leg since 2005. Ive muscle loss and drop foot. I've tried every exercise. Please help?

Injury?: Was this the result of an injury and if so what type? While some common perineal nerve injuries can heal depending on the initiating scenario. However, after this length of time this may be permanent. For patients with foot drop a special brace is considered to assist with gait. ...Read more

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Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male

Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male

This : This sounds like a serious issue that should be evaluated in-person by a qualified physician! if your weakness was sudden, there are numerous possible causes, most importantly associated with your nervous system. It does not sound like you had a trauma, so muscle-or-tendon ruptures are unlikely. The most common reason for this problem is an acute disc herniation in the lumbar spine, that can occur without back pain or even any kind of bending/lifting injury. This causes nerve compression that gives patients typically radiating leg pain, numbness and weakness. The muscles that are associated with each lumbar spine level need to be tested individually during a good physical examination, and the distribution of your numbness should be traced. That can often lead to a pretty good diagnosis, even before imaging studies are done. You will probably need a set of standing lumbar x-rays and then possibly an MRI of your back to determine the real cause of the problem. There could be an inflammatory problem with onevof your nerves in the buttock or leg, although that is not as common as nerve root compression in the lower spine. Very rarely can individual nerve roots be affected with a disease inside of the cauda equina, the lower part of your nervous system inside of the lumbar spine, so that is unlikely. Even more rare would be a spinal cord problem higher up in the spine, or some kind of stroke inside of your brain, so that would not be the first thing your doctor will be looking for. Make sure you tell your physician as clear as you can when the problem started, where you feel weak, and where the numbness is (front, side, back of the lower leg?). Associated fever, chills, recent weight loss and problems with urination are important to convey to your doctor also. Do not wait too long to go see someone. Hopefully you can be treated with a course of anti-inflammatory medicines (similar to ibuprofen) and maybe physical therapy to see if things improve. Even with weakness, there is no good evidence for early surgery, as most patients -even if they were weak for a long time from nerve-root compression- eventually regain their strength just fine. Depending on the evaluation and possible MRI scan, do not let yourself get scared into surgery right away; try non-operative treatments first. If things do not improve, and there is indeed a significant amount of nerve compression in the lumbar spine, surgery might be the answer, and it is often very successful for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will building the leg muscles through weight training & high calorie protein diet help reduce the appearance of saggy thighs post weight loss? Age 22.

Will building the leg muscles through weight training & high calorie protein diet help reduce the appearance of saggy thighs post weight loss? Age 22.

It depends: It depends on how much weight you have lost. If it was a significant amount, the fat is lost but the skin was stretched so far that it just hangs when the fat disappears. We are talking about a hundred pounds or more that would affect this type of change. If it was 20-30 pounds, working the thigh muscles will firm and build up the muscle structures that the skin will not hang. ...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