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What is muscle weakness?

Muscle weakness is the reduced ability of your muscles to perform normal activities. It is simply the lack of strength of a muscle to do a particular action. Muscle weakness can be temporary, for example, muscle weakness experienced after strenuous exercise returns to normal after rest. However, a persistent weakness of muscles without an apparent cause can be due to some underlying serious condition. Nevertheless, muscle weakness is different from fatigue.

What are its main associated signs and symptoms?

Muscle weakness may show the following associated signs:

  • Loss of strength of muscle to hold an object.
  • Numbness or loss of sensations.
  • Difficulty to move limbs, stand, walk or sit upright.
  • Inability to move facial muscles or speak.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Loss of consciousness.

What are the main causes?

There can be several underlying causes of muscle weakness. They are as follows:

How is it diagnosed and treated?

It is necessary to distinguish fatigue from muscle weakness; fatigue is the failure to do the movement after repeated attempts, while muscle weakness is the inability to do the movement in the first attempt itself. Your doctor will take a complete medical history as a preliminary step to diagnosis, followed by a thorough physical examination. The common diagnostic tests are as follows:

  • Motor activity testing.
  • Lung and heart function evaluation.
  • Blood investigation to check for the levels of vitamins, electrolytes and hormone levels.
  • Electromyography to test nerve functioning.
  • MRI and CT scans.
  • Muscle biopsy.

The treatment modalities are as follows:

  • Medications, such as vitamin supplements, pain-killers, anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressants drugs depending upon the underlying disease.
  • Physiotherapy and electrotherapy to strengthen the muscles and improve mobility.
  • Surgery in case of accident or injury.

Regular exercises under the supervision of a physiotherapist and a balanced diet rich in essential minerals and vitamins may help you regain the strength of your muscles. Please note that a correct diagnosis and prompt treatment is necessary, as the symptoms may indicate a serious health problem. So, seek advice from your doctor if the symptoms persist.

  1. Medicines for Muscle Weakness
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Medicines for Muscle Weakness

Medicines listed below are available for Muscle Weakness. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
ADEL 32 Opsonat DropADEL 32 Opsonat Drop200
ADEL 33 Apo-Oedem DropADEL 33 Apo-Oedem Drop200
Bjain Thyroidinum LMBjain Thyroidinum 0/1 LM39
Bjain Pyrethrum Parthenium Mother Tincture QBjain Pyrethrum Parthenium Mother Tincture Q 319
ADEL 61 Supren DropADEL 61 Supren Drop200
ADEL 66 Toxex DropADEL 66 Toxex Drop200
ADEL 73 Mucan DropADEL 73 Mucan Drop200
ADEL 78 Dercut OintmentADEL 78 Dercut Ointment340
DistinonDistinon 60 Mg Tablet68
GravitorGravitor 180 Mg Tablet Sr271
ADEL Alfalfa Tonic with GinsengADEL Alfalfa Tonic with Ginseng 224
SBL Helleborus Niger LMSBL Helleborus Niger 0/1 LM64
SBL B Trim DropsSBL B Trim Drops 132
MyestinMyestin 30 Mg Tablet0
MygrisMygris 60 Mg Tablet0
PyodistigPyodistig 60 Mg Tablet106
PyristigPyristig 60 Mg Tablet92
TrostigminTrostigmin 60 Mg Tablet208
SBL Mitchella Repens Mother Tincture QSBL Mitchella Repens Mother Tincture Q 288
Bjain Thyroidinum TabletBjain Thyroidinum Tablet 3X679
Omeo ConstipationOmeo Constipation Tablets599
MyostigminMYOSTIGMIN 2.5MG INJECTION 1ML17
NeomineNeomine 0.5 Mg Injection5
NeostiminNeostimin Injection7

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References

  1. Jinsook Roh et al. The Effects of Selective Muscle Weakness on Muscle Coordination in the Human Arm. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Volume 2018, Article ID 5637568, 16 pages.
  2. Karatzaferi C, Chase PB. Muscle fatigue and muscle weakness: what we know and what we wish we did. Front Physiol. 2013 May 30;4:125. PMID: 23755020
  3. Holbrook JH. Weakness and Fatigue. In: Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors. Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition. Boston: Butterworths; 1990. Chapter 213.
  4. Jan L. DE Bleecker. How to approach the patient with muscular symptoms in the general neurological practice? Acta neurol. belg., 2005, 105, 18-22. PMID: 15861991
  5. Corinne GC Horlings et al. A weak balance: the contribution of muscle weakness to postural instability and falls. Nature Clinical Practice Neurology,4; 2008: 504-515. PMID: 18711425
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