weight and muscle loss

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   Posted 8/7/2006 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
After a recent visit to my GP concerning another matter, he mentioned that I have dropped nearly 22 lbs in the last 4 months, and he guessed about 12-14% of my muscle mass especially in my arms and legs. (People have mentioned to me that my clothes don't fit and I look different)
He wasn't sure if this was due to my MS. Since I have an appt with my Neuro later this month, I will likely discuss this with her, but thought I would mention this to the forum and being newly DX'd earlier this year, I was wondering if anybody has experienced this, or knows if this is some kind of effect, due to MS

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   Posted 8/7/2006 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dogday,
Most people I know that have MS actually gain weight because they aren't able to move like they used to. There are diseases that cause weight loss, diabetes, lupus, and a host of others.  I hope your doc thoroughly addresses this.   
I imagine if you have been depressed or just too fatigued to eat that it could cause weightloss and if you have stopped excercising or being up and about, it would cause muscle loss but not MS specifically.  Let us know what you find out.
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   Posted 8/7/2006 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   

The folks I know with MS ..if they've experienced any change in weight at all, it has been an increase, not decrease.  And while indeed muscles may lose strength over time, if they're not being used, that extreme a weight loss and muscle mass loss should be more carefully examined.  Muscular dystrophy type illnesses can cause that, diseases that directly affect the muscles -- not MS, which directly affects the nerves.

Be sure to talk with your neuro about that when you next see her. And you might have your gp call and report his findings, just to confirm that for you.


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