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How are neuromuscular conditions diagnosed?

Neurology Sport Medicine

Hi, I am a 19 year old girl who has been experiencing symptoms of sustained muscle tensing for 15 years. This causes difficulties in climbing stairs, and getting up from a sitting position. When this happens, I have to wait a few seconds for my leg muscles to relax. I am concerned about neuromuscular disorders, such as myotonia congenita. I would like to find out more about how neuromuscular conditions are diagnosed.

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (2)

Neuromuscular conditions are complex and varied in nature and can present as a primary condition or in association with other problems. 

Their symptoms can also be quite varied and difficult to elicit, but as they progress it can start with weaknesses in in big muscle groups initially before smaller ones such as your respiratory (breathing) muscles.

Neuromuscular conditions are usually diagnosed through a mixture of clinical history/examination and investigations such as nerve conduction tests, muscle biopsies and imaging.  

If you are concerned about a NMD, it maybe worth seeking help from a neurologist who specialises in this area of medicine.

Hope this helps.

BW

Dr Dinesh

176 views 5 Jan 2019
Myotonia is a feature of many muscle diseases. If would be necessary to have blood and genetic tests done to tell exactly what is going on.
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