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Clinical vs Perceived Weakness

PostPosted: September 1st, 2014, 7:02 am
by misterjuanperalta
For those who are in doubt:

"To put it simply, the difference between perceived and true clinical weakness is that if you have perceived weakness, then it is felt by you only. However, if you are asked to do a task requiring you to use the weak arm (for example) and you put your mind and effort into it, you will be able to perform the task. For example, if a friend holds your hand palm to palm and exerts force trying to push your hand back, you will be able to return the force. The effort may be weak or require more strength for the task than required, but you will be able to do it. In true clinical weakness, the weak muscle will not respond to any such stimulus. So, even if you want to push back and use all your force and strength, you will not be able to do so. So, in short, perceived weakness can be overcome by will power but you cannot overcome true weakness. Needless to say, clinical examination by a doctor and tests like EMG/NCV can also distinguish between the two." - Dr. Kokil Mathur

Re: Clinical vs Perceived Weakness

PostPosted: September 1st, 2014, 7:46 am
by Yuliasir
yepp, that is what ALS people call "failing not feeling"