What Causes Loose Muscles?
Loose muscles can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' 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 loose muscles, 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 "loose muscles" as a symptom. Here are four possibilities:
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Premature Aging
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:
slow reaction time
some health decline
edema of the hands
inability to tell hot from cold
increased skin wrinkling
loss of appetite
frequent odd skin sensations
severe loss of sensation
significant abdominal pain
cold weather muscle weakness
suspected myasthenia gravis
... and more than 20 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of loose muscles:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Muscular Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about reduced muscle tone:
Has your muscle tone been declining? Low tone muscles are soft, loose and allow great range of motion; high tone muscles are tight, rigid and allow less motion at the joints.
→ Don't know / I have always had soft/loose muscles
→ No, my muscles are still normal or high tone
→ Yes, my muscles are now a little softer and looser
→ Yes, my muscles are now very soft and loose
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no loss of muscle tone, some loss of muscle tone or great loss of muscle tone, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
In cases of Myasthenia Gravis, a neurologist will often test reflexes, muscle strength, muscle tone, senses of touch and sight, coordination, and balance.
Over time, the loss of protein due to nephrotic syndrome causes muscles to become weak and small (muscle wasting).
Loss of muscle tone is a common neuritis symptom: The affected nerve keeps the muscles from staying toned.
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