Weakness is a symptom used to describe a number of different conditions,
including: lack of muscle strength, malaise, dizziness or fatigue.
The causes are many and can be divided into conditions that have
true or perceived muscle weakness. True muscle weakness is a primary
symptom of a variety of skeletal muscle diseases, including muscular
dystrophy and inflammatory myopathy. It occurs in neuromuscular
junction disorders, such as myasthenia gravis.
Fatigue (also called exhaustion, lethargy, languidness, languor,
lassitude, and listlessness) is a state of awareness varying from
a general state of lethargy to a specific work-induced burning sensation
within one's muscles. Physical fatigue is the inability to continue
functioning at the level of one's normal abilities. Mental fatigue,
on the other hand, rather manifests in somnolence (sleepiness).
Fatigue is considered a symptom because it is reported by the patient
instead of being observed by others.
Many different conditions can cause weakness. In 2010 DiagnosisPro
listed 464 possible cause. True weakness may be due to problems
with the nerves, neuromuscular junction or with muscles.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Centronuclear myopathy
- Myotubular myopathy
- Muscle Atrophy
- Motor neurone disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Myotonic dystrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Progressive muscular atrophy
- Spinal muscular atrophy
- Cerebral palsy
- Infectious mononucleosis
- Herpes zoster
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Celiac disease
- Hypercortisolism (Cushing's syndrome)
- Hypocortisolism (Addison's disease)
- Primary hyperaldosteronism (Conn's syndrome)
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- McArdle's Disease
- Ross River Fever
- Barmah Forest Fever
- Conn's Syndrome
Causes of Fatigue
Some major categories of diseases that feature fatigue include:
- Autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, multiple sclerosis,
- Blood disorders such as anemia and hemochromatosis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- Depression and other mental disorders that feature depressed
- Eating disorders, which can produce fatigue due to inadequate
- Endocrine disease like diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism
- Heart disease
- Infectious diseases such as infectious mononucleosis and influenza
- Leukemia or lymphoma
- Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and post-concussion
- Physical trauma and other pain-causing conditions, such as
- Sleep deprivation or sleep disorders
- Hepatic failure
- Certain medications, e.g. lithium salts, ciprofloxacin
- Beta blocker medication causes fatigue, especially after exertion,
inducing exercise intolerance.
- Many cancer treatments cause fatigue, particularly chemotherapy
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Weakness,
#Carbo vegetabilis [Carb-v]
This remedy is especially suitable for weak and delicate old people
who are old dyspeptics; especially that form of debility from lactation
or organic causes. Defective reaction, particularly in abdominal
affections with rapid pulse and great coldness o;f the body, make
the choice of the remedy clear.
#Phosphoric acid [Phos]
Suits debility of nervous or functional origin, with burning in
spines or limbs. It is characterized by indifference and torpidity
of body and mind, a total lack of erethism. There is failure in
memory. It suits especially debility arising from sexual excesses
or loses of semen. A debility that sets in after mental emotions,
grief, sorrow, home-sickness or disappointments, with emaciation,
night sweats, drowsiness, etc., will call for Phosphoric acid. Ambra.
A lack of reaction from nervous weakness calls for Ambra. Psorinum.
Lack of reaction from a psoric taint. The patient is greatly prostrated
after acute or violent diseases. Laurocerasus. Lack of reaction
in diseases of the lungs. Muriatic acid. There is the greatest general
debility with this remedy; the patient is too weak to maintain his
position in bed, and so slips down to the foot of the bed all in
a heap and must be lifted into position frequently; inability to
void the urine unless the bowels move is present, thus showing the
prostration. Veratrum album. Debility with blue veins, cold and
blue hands and feet. Sulphuric acid. All acids have a debility;
that of Sulphuric acid is shown by a tremor, a general weakness
Functional debility from loss of fluids, sexual excesses, etc.,or
debility when convalescing from acute diseases with much sinking
at epigastrium. It is the great remedy for exhaustion and suits
anaemic debility from long-lasting drains on the system. Arsenicum.
Debility from overtaxing the muscles; exertion such as mountain
climbing will indicate it. Phosphorus. Sudden prostration. The nervous
system is exhausted. It corresponds to a nervous debility especially.
Debility of cerebro-spinal system following loss of sleep. Loss
of sleep causes languid and exhausted feeling. It especially suits
those who are debilitated from long watching of the sick, thus combining
anxiety and loss of sleep. Colchicum. Debility from loss of sleep,
with involvement of digestion. Selenium. Easy fatigue, exhaustion,
inability to perform any mental or physical labor, sexual debility.
The strength soddenly leaves. Anacardium. Sexual debility, nervous
debility from overstudy. Patient trembles from every motion, wants
to lie or sit continually can scarcely move a hand.
#Picric acid [Pic-ac]
Debility from diminished nutrition; there is a lame and tired sensation
all over the body; the slightest exertion brings on speedy exhaustion.
Aletris. Debility, especially of females, from protracted illness
or defective nutrition. Acetic acid. Debility from impaired nutrition
with a diarrhea and profuse sweat; the countenance is pale and waxen
and emaciated. A profound debility with a tendency death ward is
often met by this remedy with its general, waxy skin, etc.