Limb Weakness

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About the symptom

Reduced muscle strength, where you try your best to move a limb but a normal muscle contraction doesn't happen. Muscle weakness is usually due to nerve problems or problems inside the muscles.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Weakness in arms or legs

Possible causes

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Are you unable to move the left or right side of your body?

  • You mentioned "Weakness in limbs". Does this differ between your left and right sides?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

  • Do you have double vision?

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