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muscle mass loss in the upper limbs

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 7, 2006
  • 04:24 PM

My husband has severe muscle loss in both arms. The Drs. have ruled out ALS and MS. They don't have a diagnosis for this. This disorder has caused his hands to become affected. He has no movement in his thumbs, and very little movement left in his hands. My question is, is anyone familiar with this disorder?


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  • Your husband sounds as though he may have some level of adult growth hormone deficiency (GHD). An ITT (insulin tolerance test) would diagnose this. Insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) can also cause muscle wasting and and an ITT would also cover this. The test needs to be done through an endocrinologist. It has been some months since you posted your concerns about your husband and I hope you have either found out what he has or you find this post to be of some help.I have both IRS and suspected GHD and deficiency in IGF-1. I am presently taking L-Arginine, as this stimulates GH and IGF-1, available from a health shop and so far have felt some benefit though it is early days and am presently waiting to see an endocrinologist.How old is your husband. I am 37 and my wasting and/or inability to gain muscle mass has affected me since about the age of 12 and started to show serious catabolic metabolism of the muscles several months ago.See if he also displays some of the other symptoms related to GHD. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_hormone_deficiency All the bestAgape,searchingsam
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    • December 8, 2006
    • 11:55 AM
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  • I have Central Core Disease which has caused muscle wasting in arms and legs. Get hubby to have a muscle biopsy done.
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