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what causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
1leg weakness: The most common cause of weakness and atrophy in 1 leg would be a chronic herniated disk in the spine, which has gone on long enough to damage the ner ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience in Diagnostic Radiology
Yes to both : That pinch or narrowing of the spinal canal causes you to have pain. Pain when you move it is a signal that if you don't move it it will not hurt. Lac ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Neurologist: Not sure what workup has been done, and what diagnoses have been made, but i would highly suggest getting a neurologist involved to investigate. This ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
17 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Nerve Compression: Nerve compression can cause weakness and muscle wasting in the extremities. The nerves coming out of your neck go down the arm. The nerves coming out ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience in Neurology
Symptom? : Without a good history one cannot be sure of the cause an L4 lesion, say a disc can cause it as well as conditions such as diabetic amyotrophy.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
See below: Several thing, some of them serious. See your doctor.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Get checked: I would certainly be checked, there are multiple potential causes and the numbness in the legs is particularly concerning in a 23 year old. An exam a ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. E. James Bodmer
43 years experience in Podiatry
Lots of things: Severe calf pain can be due to intermittant claudication which you must address due to poor circulation. Upper thigh pain can also be due to poor cir ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
33 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Muscle burning: Muscle burning pain may be muscle in origin or nerve in origin. If bilateral in biceps, thighs, and calves you would expect more of a systemic cause ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Cranial Nerves: Facial expression and movement are controlled by several of the cranial nerves (cn). Ocular motion by cn3, 4, 6. Eyebrow lift by cn3, eyelid closing ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samir Lapsiwala
22 years experience in Neurosurgery
It is possible: One can get sciatica as a result of herniated disk typically on same side as disk bulge but stenosis can give bilateral symptoms.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcel Hungs
25 years experience in Neurology
Narcolepsy?: Some patients have narcolepsy and cataplexy. It is characterized by sudden and transient episodes of bilateral loss of muscle tone without loss of con ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammad Homsi
32 years experience in Neurology
Facial palsy: Bell's palsy which is the injury of facial nerve that innervates the facial muscles can cause facial assymetry. You need to check with your doctor for ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience in Podiatry
If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vic Kalman
34 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Could be referred : Low back pain with radiation down one side of the leg could be due to a pinched nerve. If you injured your back, strained muscles of the back and hip ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Lack of fluids.: make sure you take in plenty of water through the day. Make sure that you have enough potassium in your system, bananas are a great source. Stretch yo ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
31 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See below: The polio virus attacks the nerves in the spinal cord that supply the muscles. Called motor nerves. Polio does not affect the nerves that deal with se ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience in Sports Medicine
Muscle spasm: Typically if muscles in the cervical and lumbar regions are injured they will go into spasm to protect themselves from further injury this will cre ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
20 years experience in Neurosurgery
Multiple things: If your left arm and leg are both weak, you can be having or have had a stroke. Alternatively, brain tumors or seizures can lead to such weakness. F ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience in Rheumatology
Hip pain: Your symptoms are not unique to one problem or disease. You should see a rheumatologist to get a diagnosis if your family doctor is unsure of the cau ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pierce
28 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
See your primary: Care doctor for evaluation.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
See below: These symptoms could be serious and need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor.

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