Unexplained Loss Of Muscle Mass

What Causes Muscle Loss?

Muscle loss can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose muscle loss, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "muscle loss" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Low HGH
  • Male Menopause
  • Premature Aging
  • Muscular Dystrophy

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
moderate unexplained weight gain
fatigue after slight exertion
inability to walk
low energy/stamina
poor muscular strength
difficulty staying up late
severe muscle weakness
loss of interest in activities
severe cold weather muscle spasms
much reduced sense of smell
being very easily irritated
suspected muscular dystrophy
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of muscle loss:
Cause Probability Status
Low HGH 92% Confirm
Muscular Dystrophy 27% Unlikely
Male Menopause 2% Ruled out
Premature Aging 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having muscle problems / disease, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Does it seem like you have lost muscle mass, for reasons other than getting less exercise?
Possible responses:
→ No / maybe / don't know
→ Yes, some loss of muscle mass
→ Yes, significant loss of muscle mass
→ Yes, much loss of muscle mass
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate some muscle wasting, significant muscle wasting or severe muscle atrophy, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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