Significant artrophy left leg

Sizzi85

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I am norwegian, so my english may be a bit wierd.
I am a 33 year old woman. I was diagnosed with reumatoid arhritis in 2014. It has affected my left knee and ancle pretty bad. I have had multiple steroid injections, but the inflammation has been bad and ongoing for almost 5 year now. So I am limping around, due to pain, but also now, a severe muscle atrophy that has progressed true this years.

It may be stupid, but I started thinking about ALS and if the atrophy in my leg could relate to ALS. But I have no other symptoms.
The difference between right and left leg is 3,5 cm.

What do you think? Is it something I should get checked out, or is the muscle waste due to not beeing able to use to foot properly.

Best regards.
 
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Nikki J

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Disuse atrophy absolutely happens. An more extreme example is atrophy after being in a cast. However it can happen from decreased mobility. You may never have been completely symmetrical ( most people are not) and your limited function has compounded this so it is now apparent.

There have been reports of atrophy following steroid injections too though that is a less likely explanation.

No reason to fear ALS fortunately!
 
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