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Is it painful as your muscles atrophy ?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

it is not painful.

In brief: No

it is not painful.
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Krauser, Please see my own answer to this question. Your expert critical comments would be appreciated. Thank you.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: It can be

Is it painful as your muscles atrophy? Yes & no.
The atrophying muscle does not become a local pain generator, but the opposing muscles become mechanically stressed, strained, hypertrophic & painful with chronic spasm. This phenomenon, called "crossed muscles", is common in Fibromyalgia & causal of the widespread regions of chronic pain characteristic of that syndrome, see comments below:

In brief: It can be

Is it painful as your muscles atrophy? Yes & no.
The atrophying muscle does not become a local pain generator, but the opposing muscles become mechanically stressed, strained, hypertrophic & painful with chronic spasm. This phenomenon, called "crossed muscles", is common in Fibromyalgia & causal of the widespread regions of chronic pain characteristic of that syndrome, see comments below:
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Fibromyalgia, FM, sufferers commonly have: femaleness, youth, first degree female relatives with FM, obesity, oft multiple childbirths, pelvic girdle injury from MVA/falls/lifting accidents, prolonged sedentariness & weak soft tissues due to illness or injury & Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Unifying factors: soft tissue injury in body tower with unstable joints repetitively stressed by gravity.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Certain co-factors predispose the evolution & development of Fibromyalgia by magnifying chronic gravitational repetitive stress of deconditioned soft tissues: Obesity, joint instabilities resulting from ligament injuries, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, pelvic girdle instability, & spinal scoliosis all stress & strain the upright body musculoskeletal tower.
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine

In brief: Often not

Muscles can often atrophy without any accompanying pain.
However, as weakness ensues, risk of painful falls and fractures dramatically increase.

In brief: Often not

Muscles can often atrophy without any accompanying pain.
However, as weakness ensues, risk of painful falls and fractures dramatically increase.
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