Medicines in common use which can occasionally do this include statins (used to lower cholesterol levels), some antibiotics (including ciprofloxacin and penicillin) and anti-inflammatory painkillers (such as naproxen and diclofenac).
Long-term use of prescribed oral steroids also causes muscle weakness and wasting.
What causes extreme muscle weakness?
Potential causes of muscle weakness
- chronic fatigue syndrome.
- muscular dystrophies.
- hypotonia, a lack of muscle tone that’s usually present at birth.
- myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune and muscular disorder.
- peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve damage.
- neuralgia, or sharp burning or pain in one or more of your nerves.
How do you treat muscle fatigue?
Be sure to stretch before and after strenuous activity. Warming up can loosen your muscles and protect against injury. If your muscle fatigue persists, hot and cold therapy are techniques that can reduce inflammation and discomfort. Other cases of muscle fatigue may require medical attention.
How do you treat weakness?
It may take a while for you to feel energetic again.
- Listen to your body.
- Limit medicines that might contribute to fatigue.
- Improve your diet.
- Reduce your use of alcohol or other drugs, such as caffeine or nicotine, which may contribute to fatigue.
- Cut back on watching television.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
How do you treat weak leg muscles?
5. RICE method
- Rest. Take a break and rest your legs. Let your body recover.
- Ice. You can ice your legs or soak them in ice water for 20 minutes at a time.
- Compression. Wrap your legs in a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
- Elevation. Keep your legs raised with some pillows to reduce any swelling or discomfort.