What causes muscle wasting and shortness of breath? 3 possible conditions

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See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves malfunction because they're damaged or destroyed. You'll notice a tingling, numbness, or weakness, and possibly sweating, constipation, or diarrhea.

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Polio

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus that attacks the body's nervous system. It is most likely to be contracted by children under five years old.

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ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Lou Gehrig's Disease, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Ninety percent of the time, there is no known cause for this disease.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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