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Arm and Leg Weakness

The ability to use our arms and legs regularly is no doubt important. Between the two sets of limbs, our arms and legs play the major role in almost every action we do during the day. Walking, standing, lifting, eating, typing, playing with our kids, walking the dog, playing sports, taking a shower… Absolutely everything we do requires the use of these limbs in some way, and also needs them to be strong. When you experience chronic or random weakness in your arms and legs, it is important to ascertain the cause and treat it in any way possible. Often, therapies with Advance Health and Wellness can help do just that.

Arm and leg weakness could be the result of a variety of conditions, ranging from temporary to chronic, mild to severe.  Exercising to an excessive degree is an example of a temporary cause of fatigue in the muscles. This is not actually considered a true type of muscle weakness, however. Some conditions that could contribute to a case of clinical weakness are: muscular conditions or injuries, toxicity, neurological disorders, and some metabolic illnesses. These conditions can all present at any age, though arm and leg weakness is seen most often with age.

Common reasons for arm and leg weakness are not necessarily reasons to panic and will generally improve with treatment. Muscle weakness caused by injury due to playing sports, for example, is common and not cause for alarm. Being dehydrated, which is also very common among athletes, will also cause weakness in extreme cases. This can of course be taken care of by drinking plenty of fluids.  If toxin build up is the cause of your limb weakness, toxins may be removed by detoxifying, by doing things such as juice cleanses, or by ceasing to take medications that cause toxicity.

Neurological disorders can result in weakness in the arm and leg as well. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one condition that is always accompanied by increasing weakness in the limbs, issues with both balance and coordination, and vision problems on occasion. Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease, which are both far less common but far more severe, are also marked by muscle weakness. Neurological disorders such as these are typically seen in older individuals.

Injuries to the arms or legs can also cause weakness, and are most commonly accompanied by tenderness, swelling, or pain in and around the injury. Sometimes once the pain has been treated, muscle weakness could continue. Once the muscle has been exercised and had time to rebuild, however, the weakness should subside.

If weakness in your arms and legs is severe enough or persists longer than a few days without some known cause like disease or injury, it is always best to consult with a professional. Even though weakness in your limbs is rarely a very serious problem, there are conditions like those mentioned above that need to be ruled out. Weakness accompanied by neurological symptoms, like muscle twitching, loss of balance, fatigue, memory loss, vertigo, changes in your personality or vision, or dizziness, should always been checked out immediately.