What diseases could possibly cause dramatic muscle deterioration in an 81 year old man? Deterioration started in hands and has progressed to all muscles in body. No difficulty swallowing or speech. No twitches.
Muscular Dystrophy comes to mind...simply because it runs in my family.
There are many forms of this degenerative disease. Some come on quite quickly, and don't show up until later in life.
( I encourage you to join the Muscular Dystrophy Forum for more information on that subject.)
Muscle Stimulation Disorders, Lou Gehrig's, and PostPolio syndrome also come to mind...although with postpolio syndrome , you must have had polio in the past, and the symptoms generally start after a trauma to the spine or with osteoarthritis.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease):
This progressive disorder begins with weakness, often in the hands. Weakness may progress more on one side of the body than on the other and usually proceeds up the arm or leg. Cramps are also common and may occur before the weakness, but no changes in sensation occur. People may lose weight and feel unusually tired.
There may be many possibilities, but these are the ones that come to mind because of the dramatic deterioration.
Let me know if you would like more information on any of the above.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.