Muscle Weakness

A lack of strength in the muscles is called muscle weakness. Some of the common causes include anemia, electrolyte imbalance, diabetes, overuse, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, infections, various neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, ALS), and certain medications.

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I have a twitching in my right leg and a weak bladder. Please assist.

Query: Hello doctor, Since eight months, I have been having twitching in my right leg and foot and extremely mild weakness combined with intermittent bladder hesitancy. I finally had an MRI of my lumbar spine. I am currently a college student doing a studyabroad and so I am attaching my MRI results.The res...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello Welcome to Considering your symptoms (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I recommend performing nerve conduction studies to exclude possible neuropathy and a brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to exclude MS (multiple sclerosis). The lumbar spine MRI is n...  Read Full »

My son is 7 years old, and has genetic mutation. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is seven years old and has a genetic mutation. He is unable to stand properly, but he usually walks fine. I have sent you the reports. I request your guidance in his treatment. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. M. Pradeep Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the history and the report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The diagnosis of the child is Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is a progressively weakening muscle abnormality. I hope this helps. Thank you.  Read Full »

I ate some street food and am not feeling well since then. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, After I ate some street food, my body quickly deteriorated to the extent that my muscles were severely weakened and I can say that my skin and bones are stuck together in many places of my body. I am a 21-year-old male. I want to know what kind of poison they may have put in that food....  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It is difficult to determine what kind of poison may have been put in your food without more information and a thorough investigation. However, the symptoms you describe are concerning and may indicate poisoning or ...  Read Full »

I have been exposed to organophosphates and have been experiencing muscle weakness, spasms in my legs and arms, shortness of breath, seizures, and blurry vision. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been exposed to organophosphates as I contracted a professional fumigating service to remove roaches in my apartment, but it left a powerful smell that I tried to eliminate. I exposed myself to the antidote, which was an organophosphate, over one and a half weeks. Now I have be...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Do you have the brand name of the chemical agent? Can you share a picture? How many days was the interval between exposure and your symptoms? Organophosphate poisoning has acute or short-term effects such as salivation, lacrimation, diarrhea,...  Read Full »

How to cure the muscle weakness and pain in the left forearm and hip?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41 year old male. My creatine phosphokinase is mildly elevated. The reports came as 220 twice and as normal thrice. And, there was hemoglobin in my urine test. I constantly have muscle weakness and mild pain on my left side, at the forearm and hip. The weakness started suddenly ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns about muscle weakness and raised muscle enzymes. The probable diagnosis is polymyositis. People with polymyositis have: 1) A weakness of muscles of the thigh, gluteal muscles, and shoulder girdle. 2) Raised CPK (creat...  Read Full »

I have weakness and pain in the arm. Should I anticipate surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had an MRI on my neck. I have a 75 % weakness and pain in the left arm (tricep). I have taken Methylprednisolone for six days. Should I anticipate surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. Chandan Mohanty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear this. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report shows pressure on the nerves in the cervical spine (neck). These nerves eventually go to your upper limbs. Hence th...  Read Full »

I suffer from muscle weakness and have a history of Rhabdo. Why is it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had muscle weakness for a while. I took an electromyography (EMG) test, which was normal, with no ANA (Antinuclear Antibody). Simple tasks like combing my hair weaken my muscles. I had a history of Rhabdo.  Read Full »

Dr. Mrinal Kumar Acharya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. There could be several causes for your muscle weakness. Firstly, one should be able to distinguish it from fatiguability. Do you take any medications regularly? It could be due to myopathy or neuromuscular junction disorder. A thorough neu...  Read Full »

Why do I muscle weakness from childhood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I have muscle weakness in both arms and legs since childhood. I cannot climb stairs without support and I feel tired most of the day. I cannot stand for long and also cannot run or walk. My legs and feet always get numb. I have decreased sensory sensations in both feet....  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your question with care and understand your concerns. My opinion is as below: You are having both myopathy and neuropathy. You need to get treatment for both. Hypothyroidism and vitiligo are may be signs of abnormal functioning of the pituitary gland. You h...  Read Full »

Why do I have muscle weakness even after increasing my daily intake of protein?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had muscular weakness for the last two to three years. Six months ago, I came to know that the protein intake has to be 1 to 1.2 grams per kg body weight. Therefore, I added 25 gms protein to my daily intake of 40 gms. However, there has been no improvement in my symptoms. Also...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Muscle weakness is common in osteopenia. As BMD (bone mineral density) improves, there will be an improvement in your strength as well. Your protein intake is fine. Do you have a history of hypertension, diabetes, or thyroid disease? I sug...  Read Full »

I got transverse myelitis two years back, and my muscles are still weak. Why so?

Query: Hi doctor, I got hit by transverse myelitis two years ago; I lost total muscle strength and bladder control, and my entire body felt numb, but now I can say I have recovered 75 %. I can walk, 75 % bladder control is back, I gain muscle strength when I exercise, numbness gone in my hands but not in m...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to understand your concern. The recovery is hard in such cases. I suggest taking alpha lipoic acid and carnitine supplements to help reinforce your muscles and nerves. If your muscle gets contracted (stiffness), Baclofen and physical therapy can help. I hope you find...  Read Full »

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