Health Issues: Weakness

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Generalized weakness may be caused due to many complications. Complications can be severe or mild, if weakness is accompanied by other problems, do not take the condition lightly. Generalized weakness is one of the most common complaints in North America which is caused due to muscle fatigue or weakness in the whole body.

Focal weakness, on the other hand, affects a single region of the body—usually the brain and the muscles under tension resulting in muscle cramps or muscle fatigue. Weakness affecting the brain may be a sign of stroke and should be reported to the emergency room promptly.

There are many medical conditions that result in weakness, therefore, relying on this symptom alone to diagnose the condition is a very tough job. However, the problem is usually followed by other problems such as dizziness and confusion, in case the brain is affected.


  • Low blood pressure
  • Shock
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothermia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Poisons
  • Allergies and anaphylactic attacks
  • Kidney disease
  • Menstrual periods
  • Fainting
  • Asthma attacks


There is no general treatment for a generalized weakness. Therefore, it is ideal that you observe the signs and symptoms and check if they can be linked with the above mentioned conditions. If weakness is prolonged, recurring or accompanied with symptoms or major conditions such as heart attack, stroke, anaphylactic attack etc., make sure you seek emergency medical help immediately. Individuals with first aid training should be wary of any of the signs and symptoms associated with weakness as they may required immediate medical assistance.


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