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Left medial gastrocnemius (side leg)looks smaller than right. Doc says atrophy but both legs measure the same size. How is this possible? I have CVI..

Left medial gastrocnemius (side leg)looks smaller than right. Doc says atrophy but both legs measure the same size. How is this possible? I have CVI..

Other muscles: There are other muscles besides the gastroc's that contribute to the shape and size of the calf. If only the medial gastrocnemius is shrunken, then the measured diameter of the calves might be the same. If by CVI, you're referring to chronic venous insufficiency, the amount of swelling of the veins may also distort the apparent size of your calf muscles. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with pls. I do have muscle atrophy in both legs. What's the diff between upper motor neuron dominant ALS and pls?

I was diagnosed with pls. I do have muscle atrophy in both legs. What's the diff between upper motor neuron dominant ALS and pls?

PLS versus ALS: Primary lateral sclerosis (pls) is a rare cause of spasticity without muscle atrophy (no loss of spinal motor neurons). Extensive atrophy should not occur with pls, but reduced activity by itself can cause some atrophy. Als involves both upper motor neurons (causing spasticity) and lower motor neurons, causing atrophy. Pls has little effect on life span, hereditary spastic paraparesis can mimic. ...Read more

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Spinall cord injury atrophy both legs spasticity and lowe lumbar pain which is making my rehabilitation slow and frustrating. Incomplete para?

Spinall cord injury atrophy both legs spasticity and lowe lumbar pain which is making my rehabilitation slow and frustrating. Incomplete para?

Understand needs: You hve been doing the right hting. The physical is very important long term. You may need re-evaluation by your neurologist to be certain you are on the correct pathway. Persistence is the key to your success. ...Read more

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PMR says that I have "atrophy of the left medial gastrocnemius" yet both legs measure the same size. How could I have atrophy?

PMR says that I have "atrophy of the left medial gastrocnemius" yet both legs measure the same size. How could I have atrophy?

Reports can err: But, either you do or do not yet have externally discernable atrophy. If you have CRPS, the chances that you do or will are not insignificant. As I've urged - work closely and well w/ your doctor to obtain the best possible outcome. Try to find a good Health Psychologist to support you through mgmt of this chronic degenerative condition. Better is good compared to worse. ...Read more

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What are some causes of pain in both legs?

What are some causes of pain in both legs?

Depends...: Many problems can cause leg pain:
consider discussing with your family doctor first as many chronic illnesses can cause leg pain (i.e. Poor circulation, diabetes, lumbar spinal disc disease/spinal stenosis, etc.) testing nerve function, blood flow, examining the skin for infections, etc can also help determine the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Don't know why am I having so much pain in both legs?

See your doctor: Leg pain can be coming from numerous sources. It can be anything from a pinched nerve in the spine to a circulation problem to arthritis. A good history and physical examination by a primary doctor is the best place to start. ...Read more

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What causes pain in butt that radiates down both legs?

What causes pain in butt that radiates down both legs?

Several things: Including a disc herniation. There are other possibilities. Peripheral vascular disease & spinal stenosis both can cause pain into a leg mimicking sciatic pain as can other issues like hip & knee arthritis. Other causes of nerve compression in the spine due to a tumor, infection or fracture can cause this pain. Pyriformis syndrome can also cause radiating leg pain as can sacroiliac joint issues. ...Read more

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Stabbing pains in legs both legs?

Stabbing pains in legs both legs?

Pain in leg: We need to have more information, such as where in your leg, length of time it has occurred, type of pain, any injury, what makes it better or worse, symptoms that occur with it. ...Read more

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Can atrophy be why my legs hurt so much?

Can atrophy be why my legs hurt so much?

Yes: The general use or lose it phenomenon is quite true at any age. Regardless of injury or surgery, weakness is a process of nerve injury. Nervous tissue takes a very long time to heal, however if the nerve does not get any signals to move a muscle from you then that muscle will atrophy. That is difficult to overcome but not impossible. Keep activating those muscles to preserve your strength! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have sciatica in both legs?

Is it possible to have sciatica in both legs?

Yes: There is a bowling analogy but I know too little about bowling to get it right so I' won't even try. Some sort of split. ...Read more

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Is it common to have sciatic pain in both legs?

Is it common to have sciatic pain in both legs?

Yes: If you have severe stenosis or a large disc herniation, it can cause symptoms to both legs. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lymphedema in both legs. Any advice?

What to do if I have lymphedema in both legs. Any advice?

Reduce Swelling: Lymphedema is due to increased back pressure in either the lymphatic or venous systems or a combination of both. It can occur in any extremity and most commonly in the legs. The goal of treatment is to reduce the pressure by several modalities-elevation, compression stockings or bandages, lymphedema massage and sequential segmental pumps. Unfortunately, lymphedema is a chronic condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have sciatic pain in both legs at one time?

Is it possible to have sciatic pain in both legs at one time?

Yes: Nerve compression in the lumbar spine can affect both sciatic nerves in the same time. This is more often independent problems but a major disk prolapse could affect both nerves at once. ...Read more

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How long does it take to clog an ivc filter so that both legs swell?

How long does it take to clog an ivc filter so that both legs swell?

Ivc filters: Typically do not clot. If it catches a clot that migrated from your legs, then it can thrombose. Leg swelling can result. Tpa and or mechanical devices can be used to restore flow. Also you can be maintained on Aspirin or low dose Coumadin (warfarin) to help keep the filter patent. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What would cause strange sensations in the bottom half of both legs and feet?

What would cause strange sensations in the bottom half of both legs and feet?

Could be a number..: ..of things. "Strange sensations" for most people mean some type of tingling or numbness. A significant cause of lower leg symptoms is due to nerve compression in the back, but usually this would involve only one leg/foot. Peripheral neuropathy, dysfunction of the nerves in the feet/legs, is common with many causes including diabetes, etc. Symptoms at night suggest Restless Leg Syndrome. NEED EVAL ...Read more

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Would atrophy be why my legs hurt so much after not exercising for a few weeks?

Would atrophy be why my legs hurt so much after not exercising for a few weeks?

Possibly, but. .....: Atrophy suggests loss of muscle mass which could result in muscle weakness--muscle that are weak can be painful when used--OF MORE CONCERN-is why do you have atrophy-disuse can be a cause, but neurological, muscular, Or spinal abnormalities can also cause atrophy. You should see a physician to be evaluated ...Read more

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Sir I have a icehing between my both legs and rashes please recomand some think?

Sir I have a icehing between my both legs and rashes please recomand some think?

Tinea cruris: Fungal infections may occur in damp/moist areas. Also known as "jock itch" can usually be treated by over the counter anti-fungal creams. ...Read more

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Having leg pain in both legs. Worse in left accompanied by pinching and itching.?

Having leg pain in both legs. Worse in left accompanied by pinching and itching.?

Nonspecific: Your symptoms are nonspecific and more description is needed. Are the Pains in the muscles or joints? Are they aches, cramps, occur at rest or with use? Any tenderness, swelling, discoloration, rash, weakness? I recommend that you be examined by a physician who will take a thorough history and examine you. Appropriate tests will be ordered in order to make a diagnosis. You may be referred to a sp ...Read more

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I have pain that radiates down both legs from the sciatic nerve. Should I be worried?

I have pain that radiates down both legs from the sciatic nerve. Should I be worried?

Potentially yes.: Visit with your doctor to determine how much you should worry. If the pain is caused from a spinal disc problem, then it can get worse. Rarely it can cause paralysis and other types of permanent damage. ...Read more

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I have edema both legs and catching my breath when I do simple household chores. What is it?

I have edema both legs and catching my breath when I do simple household chores. What is it?

See specialist: To young for heart problems, but sometimes a cardiomyopathy (malfunction) heart can occur. Right sided failute or dysfunction, liver problems or circulatory insufficiency.
See a doctor. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in both butt cheeks and down both legs when I sit, stand or move. Why? I need help desperately

I have severe pain in both butt cheeks and down both legs when I sit, stand or move. Why? I need help desperately

Sciatica: We know it is a nerve as there is a distribution you can tell from the buttocks down the legs. It is the sciatic nerve. Where it starts is the question. See your doctor to determine as if the source is the lower back, they can determine ways to treat you. ...Read more

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Sir 20 yr male facing problem of spondlytis and having severe pain in both legs. Pls suggest best medicine for his pain.

Sir 20 yr male facing problem of spondlytis and having severe pain in both legs. Pls suggest best medicine for his pain.

Do you mean sciatica: For a 20 yo with back pain, first you must make sure it is not something more serious. As long as there is no associated weakness, loss of bladder control, or evidence of a spinal infection, or tumor, it can be treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications.

If there is no improvement despite medications, stretching and ice, please see a doctor. ...Read more