What other symptoms might occur with muscle weakness?

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

Muscular symptoms that may occur along with muscle weakness

Muscle weakness may accompany other symptoms affecting the muscles including:

  • Burning feeling
  • Frequent episodes of falling
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain
  • Paralysis
  • Pins-and-needles (prickling) sensation
  • Twitching

Other symptoms that may occur along with muscle weakness

Muscle weakness may accompany symptoms that are related to other body systems including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Difficulty with speaking and swallowing
  • Diarrhea
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Gradual difficulty walking and speaking, memory loss
  • Headache
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Symptoms of hyperthyroidism, such as protruding eyes, unexplained weight loss, heat intolerance, perspiration, and goiter
  • Symptoms of multiple sclerosis, such as weakness, numbness or tingling, vision problems, unsteady walk, fatigue, and depression
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, muscle weakness can be life threatening, especially if it occurs suddenly and on one side of the body. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening sudden symptoms including:

  • Abnormal pupil size or nonreactivity to light
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain
  • Worst headache of your life


What is muscle weakness?

Muscle weakness, or myasthenia, is a decrease in strength in one or more muscles. It is a common symptom of muscular, neurological and metabolic disorders.... Read more about muscle weaknessintroduction


What causes muscle weakness?

Muscle weakness is a decrease in muscle strength, and it can be caused by a neurologic, muscular or metabolic disorder. Neurologic disorders causing muscle weakness include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Guillain-Barre syndrome (an autoimmune nerve disorder), stroke, or even a pinched nerve.

Muscular disorders, such as muscular dystrophy a... Read more about muscle weaknesscauses

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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