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What are Neuromuscular Diseases?

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

A set of illnesses known as neuromuscular diseases affect the muscles and/or neurological system. These conditions can cause mortality, paralysis, and muscular wasting.

Diseases that result in muscle degeneration might be brought on by heredity, trauma, infection, or exposure to specific toxins. Neuromuscular illness patients frequently require lifetime care. The majority of disorders that cause muscle wasting have no known cures, however there are treatments that can assist patients in controlling their symptoms and raising their quality of life.

For people with neuromuscular diseases, early identification and therapy are frequently essential. Consult a doctor as soon as possible if you believe that you or someone you know may have a muscle disorder. Muscle problems can be identified and treated at Lone Star Neurology Clinic.


Symptoms and Causes of Muscles Diseases

Patients with disorders of the muscular usually exhibit proximal muscle weakness. It manifests in patients having difficulty getting up from a chair or raising their arms above their head. Patients may also have visible muscle changes such as atrophy or fascination.

Symptoms and causes of muscules diseases

Typically, muscle tissue disorders share common symptoms:

  • Sharp or dull (aching) soreness in the disease area (neck, shoulder girdle, lower back, and others);
  • Increase in pain on pressing, leaving the state of rest (when getting up in the morning), physical activity
  • Reddening and swelling of the skin in the area of the disease focus;
  • Detection of bumps or nodules in the muscles;
  • Pain and difficulty performing simple everyday movements (turning the head, nodding, bending the body).


The most common cause of muscle wasting disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. It can lead to inflammation and muscle damage.

Muscle disease treatment aims to alleviate symptoms and protect the muscles from further damage. Sometimes, patients may need surgery to remove damaged muscles or implant devices to help support weakened muscles. Other causes of muscle disease  include:

  • genetic predisposition;
  • benign or malignant tumours;
  • systemic diseases;
  • lesions of the nervous system;
  • hyperthyroidism, carotid disease.


Types of Disorders of the Muscular 

Types of muscular degeneration disease include:

The nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are impacted by this degenerative neurological disorder. Paralysis, muscle atrophy, and weakening of the muscles are symptoms.

  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

The peripheral nerve system is affected by this collection of illnesses. Muscle wasting, numbness in the extremities, and muscle weakness are symptoms.

This is a long-term, degenerative condition that affects the central nervous system and causes problems with the muscles. Muscle atrophy and sensory loss are symptoms.

  • Muscular Dystrophy 

This set of hereditary disorders results in muscular atrophy. Walking difficulty is another sign.

It is an autoimmune condition that makes muscles tired. Muscle weakness, drooping eyes, and speech difficulties are symptoms.

  • Myopathy

This is a general term for any disease that affects muscle tissue. Symptoms include muscle weakness, muscle wasting, and muscle pain.

  • Myositis, including polymyositis/dermatomyositis

Muscle wasting can be brought on by inflammatory diseases. Muscle aches, weakness, and maybe a rash are the symptoms.

The peripheral nerve system is affected by this group of illnesses. Sensation loss in the extremities is one of the symptoms.

These are a group of hereditary disorders that impact the spinal cord’s motor neurons. Muscle atrophy, weakness, and difficulty walking are symptoms.


When to See a Doctor?

When to see a doctor

If you are experiencing muscle weakness, muscle pain, or muscle wasting. In that case, you should see a doctor as soon as possible because it is likely that you are developing muscular degeneration disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further muscle damage and complications.


What Is the Prognosis for Muscle Wasting Disease? 

The prognosis for muscle wasting disease depends on the cause. Some muscle disorders, such as ALS, are progressive and untreatable. Others, like Myasthenia Gravis are amenable to medication and do not always progress

  • Early diagnosis and treatment can improve the prognosis for many forms of neuromuscular disease.

Periodically check your body for changes in muscle size or strength. See the doctor as soon as possible if you experience new or worsening symptoms.


Treating Muscle Wasting Disease

Treatments for neuromuscular diseases are aimed at relieving symptoms and protecting muscles. You may use medications to reduce inflammation, pain, or muscle cramps.

Physical therapy may help maintain muscle strength and function. Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove damaged muscle tissue or implant devices to support weakened muscles.


Preventing Muscle Disorders

There is no foolproof way to prevent muscle disease. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking. You should also see your doctor regularly for checkups. 

  • If you have a family history of muscle disease, let your doctor know so they can monitor you closely.


Lone Star Neurology Can Help You

The best way to protect your health is to be informed. This article shows you about muscle diseases and their possible causes. It will help you identify the early signs and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

At Lone Star Neurology, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients with neuromuscular disorders. We offer a full range of services, from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and support. Our team of specialists is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.



  • What are the most common neuromuscular diseases?

The most common neuromuscular diseases are muscle wasting, such as ALS and Myasthenia Gravis.

  • How do you know if you have a neuromuscular disease?

If you experience muscle weakness, muscle pain, or muscle wasting, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further muscle damage and complications.

  • How do you test for neuromuscular disease?

There is no one test for neuromuscular disease. The diagnosis is usually made based on a combination of medical history, physical examination, and tests, such as electromyography (EMG) and muscle biopsy.

  • How are neuromuscular diseases treated?

Treatments for neuromuscular diseases are aimed at relieving symptoms and protecting muscles. You may use medications to reduce inflammation, pain, or muscle cramps. Physical therapy may help maintain muscle strength and function. Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove damaged muscle tissue or implant devices to support weakened muscles.

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Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
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15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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