Generalized weakness is one of the most common medical complaints of seniors in the US. It is characterized by muscle weakness throughout the body. Focal weakness, weakness in one part of the body, is usually related to the brain (stroke) or to the muscles that are affected (muscle fatigue). However, there are so many medical conditions can result in generalized weakness, so it is one of the hardest medical complaints to diagnose.
Causes of Generalized WeaknessGeneralized weakness is most often related to fatigue or low blood pressure. It can be also be related to endocrine problems. Here is a list of potential causes of generalized weakness:
- hypoglycemia (diabetic emergency)
- heat exhaustion
- shortness of breath
- anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
- kidney disease