What other symptoms might occur with muscle atrophy?

Muscle atrophy may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the muscles may also involve other body systems.

Neuromuscular symptoms that may occur along with muscle atrophy

Muscle atrophy may accompany other symptoms affecting the neuromuscular system including:

  • Balance problems, difficulty walking, and falls
  • Difficulty with speaking and swallowing
  • Facial weakness
  • Gradual difficulty walking and speaking, memory loss, tingling or weakness of extremities
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Numbness or tingling in arms or legs
  • Progressive loss of movement
  • Progressive weakness and numbness in the legs
  • Symptoms of multiple sclerosis, such as weakness, numbness or tingling, vision problems, unsteady walk, fatigue, and depression

Other symptoms that may occur along with muscle atrophy

Muscle atrophy may accompany symptoms related to other body systems and conditions including:

  • Fatigue and general ill feeling
  • General stiffness that lasts more than one hour after rising in the morning
  • More frequent episodes of falling
  • Swelling of an injured area

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, muscle atrophy can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening sudden symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Garbled or slurred speech or inability to speak
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain
  • Sudden weakness of numbness on one side of the body
  • Worst headache of your life


What is muscle atrophy?

Muscle atrophy, or muscle wasting, results from loss of muscle tissue. Little or no physical exercise and a sedentary lifestyle are common causes of muscle atrophy, in this case called disuse atrophy. Other common causes of disuse atrophy include medical conditions that decrease mobility, such as rheumatoid arthritis (chronic autoimmune disease characterized by joint inflammation) or osteoarthr... Read more about muscle atrophyintroduction


What causes muscle atrophy?

Muscle atrophy can result from lack of muscle movement and use, in which case it is called disuse atrophy. Causes include a sedentary lifestyle, being bedridden, injuries, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis (chronic autoimmune disease characterized by joint inflammation). Another type of muscle atrophy is neurogenic atrophy, which is muscle atrophy due to a nerve problem, such as neuropat... Read more about muscle atrophycauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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