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Other than surgery what else an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Other than  surgery what else  an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Therapy: The best non-surgical option is therapy to work on muscle stengthening. You may want to be seen by a physiatrist (rahabilatation doctor) to determine any special modalities and/or medications that may be beneficial in recovery of the muscle atrophy. ...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 have never been able to get a diagnosis in the last 35 yrs. as to why my left leg has atrophied and weakened and now seems to have spread upward to ?

I have never been able to get a diagnosis in the last 35 yrs. as to why my left leg has atrophied and weakened and now seems to have spread upward to ?

Hi! I assume you: are interested in a second opinion of sorts. Because we would need much more information than you are able to provide in 400 characters or less, you would need to set up a virtual consult with one of our physicians. I wonder if polio was considered. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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My daughter 4 yrs old still had muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflex, positive babinski reflex affected only left leg..?

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 constellation of symptoms suggests an issue at the spinal cord level, or a nerve degeneration issue, and requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Ct aftr 18 mnths of tb meningitis shw diffuse atrophic changes in bilateral hemisphere wid large hypodensity in left internal capsule thn why she's facing spasm in her left leg if left brain effected?

Ct aftr 18 mnths of tb meningitis shw diffuse atrophic changes in bilateral hemisphere wid large hypodensity in left internal capsule thn why she's facing spasm in her left leg if left brain effected?

Brain Changes: you said there are changes in both sides of the brain. Also not knowing the extent of the damage and if there is damage to the motor cortex or in the spinal cord it is impossible to answer your question completely. You need to seek answers from your neurologist and a neuro radiologist who may be able to see more subtleties on an MRI of the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Left leg always seems cold?

Left leg always seems cold?

Interesting: Trauma to a joint can make the whole leg cold. You are a bit young to have a circulation problem. If you have had trauma, or if the skin or nails change color, seek help and examination. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of pain in my left leg only?

What could be the cause of pain in my left leg only?

More info needed: So many things can cause leg pain that more information is really needed to give you a good answer. Any redness-maybe infection; swelling-maybe bloodclot, or varicose veins; injury/trauma-maybe muscle or bone problem;warmth-maybe gout or other kind of arthritis. And i really haven't begun to list everything. So, if the pain is bad or limiting your function, be seen to get a better answer.Good luck. ...Read more

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Im having pain in my left leg like a pulling pain what could it be?

Im having pain in my left leg like a pulling pain what could it be?

Muscle cramp/strain : Your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) can become strained or partially torn from a single significant force/injury or from a cumulative effect from overuse. The muscles can cramp (contract), and feel tight. This would cause pain in the thicker area along the back of your leg. Rest, ice, ace wrap and decreased use should allow the tightness to subside. Stay hydrated to help prevent cramps. ...Read more

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I have pains from my waist throughtout my left leg?

I have pains from my waist throughtout my left leg?

Possible sciatica: Check with your doctor. He may want to order an MRI to see if you have a bulging disk that is impinging on your nerve. ...Read more

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What could be causing the pain in my left leg from my butt to my ankles?

What could be causing the pain in my left leg from my butt to my ankles?

Sevderal things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Left leg feels numb?

Left leg feels numb?

Lots of causes: Leg numbness is a non-specific symptom with many causes. A good history and exam, and sometimes full workup including imaging, and nerve studies are needed. The numbness could be due to impingement of a nerve in your back, buttock , leg, or foot, could be due to a metabolic disorder, or even a problem in the brain or spinal cord. Please see your doctor for a full work up! good luck! ...Read more

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Left leg knee area pain?

Left leg knee area pain?

Alittlepatella alta: Any more details injury patella alta your patella is a little high and knee hyperextended loose logenta high patella usually get you subluxation patella. ...Read more

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Why is my left leg tingling?

Why is my left leg tingling?

See your MD: These symptoms can be vascular or neurological. See your physician to figure out which and the best treatment. ...Read more

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Severe cramps in my left leg?

Severe cramps in my left leg?

Leg cramps: Do massage, do dorsiflex ( toes tip up) and take some pain medication such as Ibuprofen if you are not allergic.
To prevent it to happen again, never stretch your foot with toe tip downward. ...Read more

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Lower back tingling , left leg

What's your question: We need more info regarding your post. Low back pain from high velocity or energy injury & trauma is more worrisome. Numbness, tingling & weakness of a leg is worrisome. So is incontinence & inability to walk normally. Most low back pain from low energy injury will resolve in 6wks. Check out http://www.Choosingwisely.Org/doctor-patient-lists/american-academy-of-family-physicians/ re xrays/imaging. ...Read more

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Pain in left hip down to left leg?

That pattern: Is often sciatica or inflammation of the sciatic nerve starts in hip buttock area and radiates down. ...Read more

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What is mild hemiplegia of the left leg?

What is mild hemiplegia of the left leg?

Read on : Hemiplegia is the term applied to the weakness of an arm and leg on the same side although they may not be affected equally the weakness of an arm or leg is monoplegia and all 4 quadroplegia there are many causes for each condition. ...Read more

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Numbness from the waist to the left leg?

Numbness from the waist to the left leg?

Disconcerting: This is not to be taken lightly, and needs to be evaluated asap. You are describing a sign of spinal cord dysfnctn, which could be due to a host of disorders. Consider, a possible spinal cord avm, a tumor, multiple sclerosis, vasculitiis, even vitamin overdose toxicity (b-6). Get MRI images of thoracic spinal cord, see a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Round scar on my left leg that won't go away?

Needs to be seen: Wounds or scars like you are describing need to be seen in order to be properly evaluated. I would suggest going to see your family doc or a dermatologist for this. They should be able to help you or point you to folks who can. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as mild crps (left leg)?

Is there such a thing as mild crps (left leg)?

Yes: The signs and symptoms of crps can range from almost non-existent to completely disabling. ...Read more

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My left testicle been hurting also my left leg?

My left testicle been hurting also my left leg?

Testis pain = see Dr: Testicle pain means a trip to the doctor right away because the testicle's blood supply can be twisted off (called torsion). When that happens, the testicle can die. Other causes of testicle pain include trauma, infection, twisting off an appendix of a testicle (a small lump next to a testicle), etc... Since one usually cannot tell if his testicle is twisted, an exam by the doctor is needed. ...Read more

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Left leg feels numb and tingley and hot asfire?

Left leg feels numb and tingley and hot asfire?

Needs examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without history, physical examination and perhaps lab tests. One disorder that meets the symptoms you described is shingles. If it tuns out to be shingles there are precautions that you need to take to avoid exposing susceptible people to the virus. Please see this site for more info.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001861/. ...Read more

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What causes tingling and numbing in entire left leg?

What causes tingling and numbing in entire left leg?

Nerve impingement : It takes getting a good history and doing an examination to know but you may have nerve impingement. You should find a doctor to work through this with you. ...Read more

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My left leg have a very hard pain in below knee.Why.?

BELOW THE KNEE: In front?- tendon/knee cap
in back?- cyst, clot need ruled out. ...Read more

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Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

No: Most likely no. It would have to be a high grade slip to push against the blood vessels to and from your leg. If you have swelling of one foot/ankle, talk to your primary doctor. It can be a sign of a blood clot. ...Read more

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Pain left leg persistant jerky movement what could be?

Not enough info: At your age could be a benign problem or a nutritional problem or a neurological problem. See you family physician to help steer you to the right specialist. ...Read more

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Why do I have bad pain in my left leg every night at rest ?

Why do I have bad pain in my left leg every night at rest ?

Back or circulation : There are multiple causes for your leg pain. Could be wear and tear from increased activity, circulation problems like a blood clot or even a lumbar disk herniation. There are other reasons as well so speak to your doctor and good luck. ...Read more

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I get constant cramps in my left leg. What can I do for this?

I get constant cramps in my left leg. What can I do for this?

Hard to know: They say potassium and electrolyte imbalance causes this sometimes. I would try eating a banana which is a good source of potassium and see if this helps. You migt also try gatorade or any drink with salt and electrolytes in it. ...Read more