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Should I see a doctor about my limb-girdle muscular dystrophy symptoms?

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, you should talk to your doctor. These symptoms may include weakness, difficulty walking or carrying things, or a waddling gait. It's especially important to talk to a doctor if you're experiencing symptoms and have a family history of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. Your doctor may refer you to another specialist such as a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in nerve and brain conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with limb-girdle musculay dystrophy (LGMD) you should regularly see a neurologist.  While there are no treatments available to cure or halt the progression of muscle weakness seen in LGMD, the neurologist can assist you in developing an exercise plan and assess the need for braces which can help maintain upright posture and the ability to walk.  In addition, certain LGMDs are associated with heart or lung involvement and the neurologist can refer you to the appropriate physicians to monitor your heart and lung function.  

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