DEAR Dr. Fritz,
Good day, doc. I am writing to you because I don’t understand why my husband’s left leg became smaller. It has also become weaker. Moreover, my husband is also active as he is currently working. Though, he may be some sort of couch potato sometimes. Please tell me what is going on. What are the reasons why the other legs would become much smaller than the other one?
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Joy S. of Marilog
Dear Joy S. of Marilog,
Let’s try to face this problem head on to see what we can do for your loved one.
Let us discuss muscle atrophy first. I believe this is your husband’s condition. Muscle atrophy is when muscles waste away. Of course, the main reason here is inactivity. But, if one is inactive, it takes some time before the muscles waste away. They just don’t happen overnight. Your husband as you claimed may be a couch potato, but not totally inactive. That means,…