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Definition A weak pulse means you have difficulty feeling a person's pulse (heartbeat). An absent pulse means you cannot detect a pulse at all. See also: CPR Alternative Names Weak pulse; Absent pulse Considerations An absent or weak pulse may affect all or one part of the body. If a pulse cannot be detected by a non-medical professional, it doesn't always mean there is a problem. Sometimes, it can be hard for a non-medical person to detect a pulse in certain areas. Common Causes Cardiac arrest (lack of an effective heartbeat) Improper technique used to feel for the pulse Normally weak pulse that is difficult to measure without proper instruments Shock
Alternative Names Muscular dystrophy - limb-girdle type (LGMD) Treatment There are no known treatments that directly reverse the muscle weakness. Gene therapy may become available in the future. Supportive treatment can decrease the complications of the disease. Management is tailored to the patient and his or her symptoms. It includes: Heart monitoring Mobility aids Physical therapy Respiratory care Weight control Surgery is occasionally needed. Support Groups The Muscular Dystrophy Association is an excellent resource (800-572-1717). Expectations (prognosis) In general, people tend to have weakness that slowly gets worse in affected muscles and spreads. The disease causes significant loss of mobility or dependence on a wheelchair within 20 - 30 years. Heart muscle weakness and abnormal electrical activity of the heart can increase the risk of palpitations, fainting, and sudden death. Most patients with this group of diseases live into adulthood, but do not reach their full life expectancy. Complicat...
Muscle pain happens to most people. After a rigorous workout, muscles can be sore for days. That’s normal muscle pain. Abnormal muscle pain is a persistent pain that does not go away with rest. The pain is deep and often unbearable. Further investigation is needed for abnormal muscle pain.
The first investigation step is laboratory tests. Pain does not accompany all muscle diseases, but an elevated creatine phosphokinase (CPK) usually does. The CPK enzyme is found in the skeletal muscles as well as the heart and brain. Non-painful causes of an elevated CPK include muscular dystrophy, dementia and motor neuron diseases. Painful conditions associated with an elevated CPK include sickle cell disease and polymyositis . Besides pain, other symptoms might provide diagnostic clues like muscle weakness which typical in polymyositis. If anemia is present, then sickle cell disease is more likely. Both polymyositis and sickle cell disease can lead to the most severe form of muscle di...
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