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What does muscle wasting(atrophy) feel like if anything?

What does muscle wasting(atrophy) feel like if anything?

Weak: Atrophy (muscle wasting) is often sneaky and painless. The wasted muscle feels weak, and often 'untrustworthy'. A knee may buckle if the quad is atrophied, or grip may fail and cause dropping of objects with hand atrophy. Sometimes patients feel an aching due to fatigue, or even trembling. In some cases, twitching or spasms can occur. ...Read more

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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 right side muscle wasting?

What would cause right side muscle wasting?

Muscle loss: There are a number of possibilities...But more information is needed.... Where is the loss? Arm, leg, which muscles specifically. Nerve or root or spinal cord or brain problems can all be potential causes. I suggest you see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What medication can be given for severe muscle wasting?

No simple answer: There are quite a few diseases that fall into the muscle wasting or atrophy category. They have different causes and as such, different treatments. Some can be successfully treated with exercise and medication, some cannot. The best advice is to seek out a specialist and find out what your treatment options are.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Muscle wasting?

What is the definition or description of: Muscle wasting?

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

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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

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What to do if I have hyperthyroid and muscle wasting?

What to do if I have hyperthyroid and muscle wasting?

Antithyroid drugs: Prefer antithyroid drugs rather than radioactive iodine in most of my pateints with hyperthyroidism.
Do Not us drugs, decongestants etc, too much caffeine which can make it worse. ...Read more

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Does muscle wasting start rapidly after nerve compression?

Does muscle wasting start rapidly after nerve compression?

Not first symptom: In the example of carpal tunnel which is compression of the
median nerve in the carpal tunnel, the first symptoms are usually
sensory with numbness, tingling and paraesthesias.
As the compression you will start to get motor or muscle changes typically affecting the thenar muscles whereby you
may start to drop more small objects and develop atriophy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Progressive muscle wasting?

Loss of muscle mass: Patients that have conditions that can cause progressive muscle wasting are typically neurologic which are associated with a decrease in muscle mass leading to progressive weakness which can cause many different symptoms based on the muscle or muscles affected ...Read more

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Is atrophy the same as muscle wasting?

Is atrophy the same as muscle wasting?

Yes: Atrophy means a decrease in bulk of which muscle wasting is a similar term when looking at muscle tissue. There are many reasons for why this can occur. ...Read more

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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

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Ways and methods that can prevent or minimize muscle wasting during aerobic exercise?

Ways and methods that can prevent or minimize muscle wasting during aerobic exercise?

Protein powder: And fruit smoothies can provide nutrition and hydration. Try to avoid electrolyte drinks that contain a lot of sugar. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247 can't take statis causes muscle wasting.?

Statin intolerance: Hi. If you can't tolerate any dose of a statin, that's a bummer, but it happens. Alternatives you could use include colesevelam and ezetimibe. New drugs will soon be out that you could also use (PCSK-9 inhibitors). But at least for now, get on colesevelam and ezetimibe to get that LDL controlled. Good luck. ...Read more

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Knee muscle wasting after injury. Is it reversible?

Knee muscle wasting after injury. Is it reversible?

THE MUSCLES AROUND: The joint can be rehab'd, hope it goes well for you. It will take a lot of effort but of course it is worth it. ...Read more

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What is the relationship btw metabolic acidosis and muscle wasting?

What is the relationship btw metabolic acidosis and muscle wasting?

Lactate: Metabolic acidosis can be caused by a number of things. Elevated lactate levels from tissues that are poorly perfused with oxygen or nutrients can cause metabolic acidosis. Therefore, a possible relationship would be muscle wasting causing high lactate levels producing a metabolic acidosis. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage lead to muscle wasting ?

Can nerve damage lead to muscle wasting ?

Very Unnerving...: Most definitely, damage to a nerve supplying a muscles will cause the muscle to show varying degrees of degeneration. Several examples could include polio, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig's disease and traumatic severing of the nerve. ...Read more

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Muscle wasting possible due to ulnar nerve compression?

Muscle wasting possible due to ulnar nerve compression?

Yes: Depending on where nerve is compressed, muscles innervated may be affected. Commonly, muscle in first webspace, between thumb and index, become atrophied. Muscles between metacarpals, or interossei, can atrophy. Result is hand weakness with atrophy. ...Read more

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My LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247. I can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. Alternatives?

My LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247. I can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. Alternatives?

Diet and exercise: There are several non-statin medications that can improve cholesterol numbers, but the majority of evidence suggests that statins are the only agents that actually prevent things like heart attacks and strokes. The most beneficial thing that you can do is to live a healthy lifestyle-healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise, and not smoking. ...Read more

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How to cure muscle wasting caused by diabetes type 2?

Diet, exercise,: Weight loss and glucose control are your only hope. Work w/your doctor and dietitian. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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


Dr. Will Moorehead
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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