Weakness

Also known as Weak all over, Feeling weak, Asthenia, Lassitude, Debility, and Generalized Weakness

Weakness is a symptom represented, medically, by a number of different conditions, including: lack of muscle strength, malaise, dizziness, or fatigue. The causes are many and can be divided into conditions that have true or perceived muscle weakness. True muscle weakness is a primary symptom of a variety of skeletal muscle diseases, including muscular dystrophy and inflammatory myopathy. It occurs in neuromuscular junction disorders, such as myasthenia gravis.

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What causes it?

The most common causes of weakness are hypovolemia, urinary tract infection, and pneumonia. Other possible causes, such as transient ischemic attack, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with weakness, 63% report having dizziness, 44% report having nausea, and 43% report having shortness of breath.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with weakness often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, radiographic imaging procedure, intravenous fluid replacement, kidney function tests, electrocardiogram, glucose measurement and electrolytes panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with weakness include sodium polystyrene sulfonate (kayexalate), dopamine, ceftazidime, vitamin k 1 (mephyton), insulin isophane-insulin regular, cilastatin / imipenem, magnesium amino acid chelate, meropenem, hydralazine / hydrochlorothiazide, riluzole, bosentan (tracleer), kanamycin and gadopentetate dimeglumine (magnevist) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for weakness include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
1.6x
75+ years
3.7x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
1.0x
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