Symptom: Weakness


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Weakness: Symptoms causing weakness of the body
Introduction: Weakness is an imprecise medical symptom. Weakness may refer to muscular weakness of a body area or entire body weakness. General weakness may also be caused by fatigue, drowsiness, prostration, syncope (fainting), or malaise. For inability to move a body part, see paralysis. For weakness related to exercise or exertion, see exercise symptoms. Weakness may also occur due to numbness or paresthesias in the affected area. Any type of weakness is a serious symptom requiring prompt professional medical advice.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Weakness:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Weakness (53 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Weakness (227 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing complication: Weakness (33 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Types of Weakness: arm weakness (19), facial weakness (8), hand weakness (7), leg weakness (28), muscle weakness (204)
    Symptoms related to Weakness: fatigue (232), drowsiness (51), malaise (61), numbness (69), paresthesias (48), nerve symptoms (207), muscle symptoms (208), exercise symptoms (86)
    Weakness type of: Sick (464)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Weakness: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Weakness as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Weakness: The following list of conditions have 'Weakness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Acromegaly ... weakness
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis ... monoparesis (paralysis of a single limb)
  • Acute rheumatic fever ... weakness
  • Addison's Disease ... muscle weakness
  • Adult-onset ALD ... weakness, paralysis (of the lower extremities), progressive spastic paraparesis
  • Alkalosis ... muscle weakness
  • Alpers Syndrome ... hypotonia (low muscle tone)
  • Alternating Hemiplegia ... eye muscle paralysis, limb paralysis
  • Alveolar Hydatid Disease ... weakness
  • Amnesic shellfish poisoning ... focal weakness
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ... muscle weakness
  • Anemia ... weakness
  • Angina ... weakness of left arm
  • Anorexia Nervosa ... bone loss
  • Aortic coarctation ... weak legs
  • Arm fracture ... weak arm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation ... paralysis
  • Asphyxia ... paralysis
  • Atrial Fibrillation ... weakness
  • Atrial flutter ... weakness
  • Autoimmune thyroid diseases ... weak leg muscles, muscular weakness

    B

  • Barbiturate abuse ... weakness
  • Botulism food poisoning ... muscle weakness, major muscle weakness, paralysis, progressive respiratory paralysis, weak grip
  • Brachial Plexus Injury ... paralyzed arm
  • Brain cancer ... Weakness of arms or legs, one-sided body weakness
  • Broken elbow ... weak arm
  • Broken hand ... weak hand
  • Broken shoulder blade ... weak arm
  • Brucellosis ... physical weakness

    C

  • Canavan disease ... Paralysis, floppiness
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning ... weakness
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ... difficulty gripping, dropping things, hand weakness
  • Celiac Disease ... weakness
  • Cerebral Atrophy ... muscle weakness
  • Cerebral hemorrhage ... partial paralysis, total paralysis
  • Cerebral Palsy ... spastic limb paralysis, spastic paralysis, floppy baby
  • Chiari Malformation ... Paralysis of legs, Paralysis of arms, Paralysis of arms, muscle weakness in the head and face
  • Cholera ... muscle weakness
  • Chorea ... muscle weakness
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ... weakness
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy ... slowly progressive weakness and sensory dysfunction of the legs and arms, weakness of the arms and legs, weakness of the arms and legs
  • Ciguatera poisoning ... weakness
  • Cirrhosis of the liver ... Weakness
  • Classic migraine ... arm weakness, weakness, leg weakness
  • Coffin-Lowry syndrome ... hypotonia
  • Colorectal Polyps ... weakness
  • Common migraine ... weakness
  • Congestive Heart Failure ... weakness
  • Cryptosporiosis ... weakness
  • Cushing's syndrome ... muscle weakness, weak bones, weak muscles

    D

  • Decompression sickness ... muscle weakness, paralysis
  • Dehydration ... muscle weakness
  • Dengue fever ... general weakness
  • Dermatomyositis ... difficulty rising from chair, muscle weakness, difficulty lifting objects, difficulty lifting objects, upper leg muscle weakness, upper leg muscle weakness, difficulty reaching overhead, upper arm muscle weakness, upper arm muscle weakness, difficulty climbing stairs
  • Diabetes ... muscle weakness
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy ... foot weakness, hand weakness
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy ... weakness
  • Diphtheria ... muscle paralysis
  • Down Syndrome ... hypotonia
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ... difficulting climbing stairs, difficulty descending stairs
  • Dystonias ... muscle weakness after exertion

    E

  • Ectopic pregnancy ... weakness
  • Encephalitis ... weakness, muscle weakness, paralysis
  • Encephaloceles ... spastic quadriplegia (paralysis of all 4 limbs)
  • Endocarditis ... weakness
  • Esophageal stricture ... weakness
  • Esophagus Cancer ... weakness
  • Extradural hematoma ... muscle weakness, paralysis

    F

  • Fahr's Syndrome ... spastic paralysis
  • Favism ... weakness
  • Female carrier ALD ... spastic paraparesis of the lower limbs
  • Flu ... weakness
  • Food poisoning ... weakness
  • Fractures ... paralysis
  • Friedreich's ataxia ... muscle weakness
  • Frozen Shoulder ... inability to raise arm

    G

  • Ganglion cyst ... weak hand
  • Gastrinoma ... weakness
  • Gastroenteritis ... weakness
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding ... weakness
  • Gaucher Disease ... skeleton weakening
  • Graves Disease ... weak leg muscles, muscular weakness
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome ... acute neuromuscular paralysis, progressive muscle weakness, paralysis, upper body weakness, arms weakness, leg weakness

    H

  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis ... muscle weakness
  • Heart block ... weakness
  • Heart failure ... weakness
  • Heat exhaustion ... weakness
  • Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia ... progressive leg weakness
  • Hernia ... weakness
  • Hodgkin's Disease ... weakness, paralysis
  • Hydranencephaly ... spastic quadriparesis
  • Hyper-IgE Syndrome ... thin bones
  • Hypercalcemia ... muscle weakness
  • Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Syndrome ... weakness
  • Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis ... episodic muscle weakness
  • Hyperparathyroidism ... weakness, thinning bones
  • Hyperthyroidism ... weak leg muscles, muscular weakness
  • Hyperventilation ... weakness
  • Hypokalemic periodic paralysis ... episodic muscle weakness, muscle weakness after exercise
  • Hypothermia ... weakness
  • Hysteria ... limb paralysis, paralysis

    I

  • Inclusion Body Myositis ... distal muscle weakness, difficulty pinching, progressive muscle weakness, difficulty gripping, proximal muscle weakness, hand weakness
  • Incontinentia Pigmenti ... slight paralysis
  • Infant botulism food poisoning ... muscle weakness, floppy baby, weak muscles (esp. arm/leg/neck), weak muscles (esp. arm/leg/neck), weak muscles (esp. arm/leg/neck)
  • Infantile Refsum Disease ... hypotonia (decreased muscle tone)
  • Intercostal neuralgia ... paralysis
  • Iron deficiency anemia ... weakness

    J

  • Japanese encephalitis ... spastic paralysis, flaccid paralysis
  • Joubert Syndrome ... hypotonia

    K

  • Kearns-Sayre Syndrome ... mild skeletal muscle weakness
  • Krabbé Disease ... paralysis

    L

  • Leukemia ... weakness
  • Liver cancer ... Weakness
  • Lung cancer ... weakness
  • Lupus ... weakness, paralysis
  • Lyme disease ... muscle weakness, Bell's palsy
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis ... muscle weakness, paralysis, paralysis

    M

  • Machado-Joseph Disease ... arm weakness, leg weakness
  • Marfan syndrome ... leg weakness
  • Meningitis ... poor muscle tone
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy ... paralysis, hypotonia (low muscle tone)
  • Microcephaly ... spastic quadriplegia
  • Migraine ... arm weakness, weakness, leg weakness
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome ... generalized muscle weakness
  • Mitochondrial diseases ... muscle weakness, muscle fatigue
  • Mobius syndrome ... low muscle tone
  • Motor neuron diseases ... facial weakness, progressive muscle weakness
  • Multifocal motor neuropathy ... muscle weakness
  • Multiple Myeloma ... bone thinning, muscle weakness, weakness, weak bones, leg weakness
  • Multiple Sclerosis ... muscle weakness, Paralysis
  • Muscular Dystrophy ... difficulting climbing stairs, difficulty descending stairs
  • Myasthenia Gravis ... facial muscle weakness, limb muscle weakness, muscle weakness
  • Myopathy ... muscle weakness, weakness after exertion

    N

  • Narcolepsy ... slight weakness, complete body collapse, sleep paralysis, temporary muscle weakness
  • Neonatal ALD ... hypotonia (low muscle tone)
  • Neonatal myasthenia ... floppiness
  • Nephrotic syndrome ... general weakness
  • Neuronal Migration Disorders ... hypotonia (reduced muscle tone)

    O

  • Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy ... muscle weakness
  • Opsoclonus Myoclonus ... hypotonia (decreased muscle tone)
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta ... brittle bones
  • Osteomalacia ... muscle weakness, weak bones
  • Osteoporosis ... brittle bones, thin bones, weak bones

    P

  • Paget's disease of bone ... paralysis
  • Pancreatic cancer ... Weakness
  • Panic attack ... leg weakness
  • Panic disorder ... leg weakness
  • Paraplegia ... leg paralysis
  • Parry Romberg Syndrome ... one-sided facial atrophy
  • Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease ... weakness
  • Pellagra ... weakness
  • Pemphigus ... weakness
  • Periodic Paralyses ... episodic muscle weakness
  • Peripheral neuropathy ... weakness
  • Polio ... muscle weakness, muscle paralysis
  • Polyarteritis nodosa ... general weakness
  • Polycythemia ... weakness
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica ... weakness
  • Porencephaly ... spastic paresis (slight or incomplete paralysis), hypotonia (low muscle tone)
  • Porphyria ... muscle weakness
  • Post-polio syndrome ... progressive muscle weakness
  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis ... facial muscle weakness, progressive muscle weakness, leg weakness
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy ... facial weakness, muscle weakness, paralysis
  • Progressive Spinobulbar muscular atrophy ... facial weakness

    R

  • Rabies ... jaw paralysis, paralysis, progressive paralysis
  • Radiation sickness ... weakness
  • Rapid gastric emptying ... weakness
  • Repetitive Motion Disorders ... muscle weakness
  • Repetitive Strain Injury ... muscle weakness
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy ... weakness
  • Rett's syndrome ... Hypotonia (loss of muscle tone), difficulty climbing stairs
  • Rheumatic fever ... weakness
  • Rift Valley Fever ... generalized weakness

    S

  • Sandhoff Disease ... motor weakness
  • Sarcoidosis ... weakness
  • Schilder's Disease ... muscle weakness
  • Schistosomiasis ... paralysis
  • Schizencephaly ... quadriparesis, reduced muscle tone (hypotonicity)
  • Scurvy ... weakness
  • Septo-Optic Dysplasia ... hypotonia (low muscle tone)
  • Shock ... weakness
  • Sinusitis ... Weakness
  • Soto's Syndrome ... hypotonia
  • Spina bifida ... lower limb paralysis, complete paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury ... paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Tumor ... weakness
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy ... muscle weakness, leg weakness
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy type I ... hypotonia, floppy baby
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy type II ... hypotonia
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy type III ... difficulty climbing steps, difficulty rising from a chair
  • Spinal stenosis ... leg weakness
  • Spondylosis ... arm weakness, muscle weakness
  • Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning ... weakness
  • Stomach cancer ... Weakness
  • Strain ... muscle weakness
  • Stroke ... one-sided weakness, temporary limb weakness
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage ... paralysis
  • Subdural hematoma ... muscle weakness, paralysis, paralysis, one-sided muscle weakness
  • Sydenham chorea ... hypotonia (decreased muscle tone), muscle weakness
  • Syncope ... weakness
  • Syphilis ... weakness, paralysis
  • Syringomyelia ... arm weakness, weakness, back weakness, leg weakness

    T

  • Tay Sachs ... paralysis
  • Temporal arteritis ... weakness
  • Tetanus ... paralysis
  • Thalassemia ... weakness
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome ... arm fatigue
  • Thromboembolism ... weakness
  • Thyroid disorders ... weak leg muscles, muscular weakness
  • Tick paralysis ... muscle weakness, muscle paralysis
  • Todd's Paralysis ... transient paralysis
  • Toxoplasmosis ... one-sided muscle weakness
  • Transient Ischemic Attack ... facial weakness, arm weakness, leg weakness
  • Trichinosis ... muscle weakness, general weakness
  • Tropical Spastic Paraparesis ... progressive muscle weakness
  • Tuberculosis ... weakness
  • Type 2 diabetes ... muscle weakness

    V

  • Varicose veins ... weak leg muscles
  • Vasovagal attack ... weakness
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers ... loss of strength
  • Viral meningitis ... poor muscle tone
  • Vitamin C deficiency ... weakness

    W

  • Whipple's Disease ... weakness
  • Wilson's Disease ... muscle weakness, bone thinning, muscle paralysis

    Y

  • Yellow fever ... general weakness

    Z

  • Zellweger Syndrome ... floppy baby
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome ... weakness
    Conditions listing complications: Weakness: The following list of conditions have 'Weakness' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Amnesic shellfish poisoning ... paralysis
  • Arachnoiditis ... progressive paraplegia
  • Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome ... Thinning bones

    B

  • Becker Muscular Dystrophy ... muscle weakness
  • Botulism food poisoning ... paralysis
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia ... muscle tone problems

    D

  • Decompression sickness ... paralysis
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy ... muscle weakness
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ... muscle weakness

    E

  • Enteroviruses ... paralysis

    F

  • Fungal meningitis ... paralysis

    G

  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome ... permanent muscle weakness, total paralysis

    H

  • Hydrocephalus ... paralysis
  • Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis ... permanent muscle weakness
  • Hypokalemia ... weakness, paralysis

    J

  • Japanese encephalitis ... paralysis

    K

  • Kidney conditions ... bone thinning
  • Kidney disease ... bone thinning

    L

  • Lupus ... paralysis
  • Lyme disease ... Bell's palsy

    M

  • Multiple Myeloma ... paralysis
  • Multiple Sclerosis ... paralysis
  • Myasthenia Gravis ... limb paralysis

    P

  • Paralytic shellfish poisoning ... muscle paralysis
  • Polio ... permanent muscle weakness

    R

  • Rasmussen's Encephalitis ... paralysis
  • Renal osteodystrophy ... thin bones
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever ... partial paralysis of the lower extremities

    S

  • Short Bowel Syndrome ... weakness
  • Spina bifida ... lower limb paralysis, complete paralysis
  • Stroke ... paralysis, two-sided paralysis
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage ... muscle weakness, paralysis
  • Syringomyelia ... progressive weakness


    Last revised: Dec 5, 2003

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