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Muscular dystrophy

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  • Posted By: Charliehoe
  • June 22, 2009
  • 09:49 PM

Can a blood disorder manifest in the weakening of muscles to such an extent that the condition be prognosed as muscular dystrophy.

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  • I'm afraid the answer to your question is not that simple. There are about nine types of muscular dystrophy and blood disorders than manifest muscular weakness are even more plentiful. If the question arises subsequent to symptoms or medical condition, please provide sufficient medical history and I will be able to better inform you. Best regards J Cottle, MD
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  • Thankyou doctor.I posed the question because I experienced an increase in strength a day after donating a pint of blood five years ago. This service was thereafter refused as my blood was found to be unsuitable for donor use. I have to now been unable to obtain an exclamation. I am now bed ridden and progressively weaken. I attempted a muscle biopsy in the interim that resulted in a waste of time due to mishandling of the sample. My father had this condition which I share with two of my three girl siblings. We affected all smoked at some stage. This condition affected me as a male more severely than my sisters. I recall often stubbing my toes as a child due to laziness in lifting the foot. This condition finally grounded me in my late thirties early forties. At this time I experienced a tingling sensation in the legs that awoke me and left me immediatly weakened.
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  • On the basis of both your father and siblings experiencing similar symptoms, it would be very important to undergo genetic testing to determine the cause. Many such conditions are treatable, but your doctors first need a more in-depth evaluation. Have you described the similarity in symptoms among your family to your doctor? If so, then testing should certainly take place with all family members to isolate the potentially responsible gene. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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