About 5 years ago I noticed a
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About 5 years ago I noticed a dramatic reduction of the muscle mass (Muscle atrophy) in my right calf muscle, like 75% to 80% reduction compared to my Left calf Muscle (possible the gastrocnemius), I also noticed that my Achilles is also very loose, when in a relaxed state, compared to the left leg. What could be the possible problems? There is no pain (other than uneasiness like restless leg syndrome) associated with this problem. I do have a lower back problem (damage) that was done 30 years ago to the L4/L5 herniated disk. Now I have noticed that other muscles are starting to harden and reduce like the one did 5 years ago. I went on a 15 mile hike in the mountains this past summer and I am very active during the day. However I do not regularly exercise as I should. Thoughts?

PAST HISTORY : I have had Kidney Stones in the past other than that perfect health. Last time I past a stone has been over 2 years ago.

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Hello Sir,

You are suffering from myopathy for which a thorough examination needs to be done. Blood tests like Creatine kinase and Electrodiagnostic tests like Electromyography [ E.M.G.] should be done. Nerve conduction studies for the affected limb should be done.

Many endocrine disorders can also cause myopathy such as thyroid , parathyroid , adrenal disorders , Diabetes , Vitamin - D deficiency etc.

You need to go to your nearest doctor for clinical assessment . Moreover other blood tests such as Thyroid function tests , Vitamin -D , Parathyroid hormone , Blood sugar etc should be done. Take a muscle relaxant and carnitine supplement until you get thoroughly examined and investigated to know the cause of myopathy.

Feel free to ask any questions

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