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I am having numbness and tingling in my hands, legs and feet. Also muscle atrophy in my lower legs. What's going on?

I am having numbness and tingling in my hands, legs and feet.  Also muscle atrophy in my lower legs.  What's going on?

See details: There are several causes of these symptoms in individuals your age including spinal cord or spinal nerve compression secondary to osteoarthritis. Have a neurologist evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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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 periferal neuropathy in my lower legs, but now I have muscular atrophy in my upper legs, what can I do about the atrophy?

I have periferal neuropathy in my lower legs, but now I have muscular atrophy in my upper legs, what can I do about the atrophy?

Some reasons:: Sounds like a fairly progressive problem which needs to be clearly diagnosed. You could possess an immune inflammatory neuropathy which could readily respond to ivig, or you might have a motor neuron disorder, or you might possess a cauda equine syndrome, instead of a neuropathy. In short, this needs concerted expert attention. See a neuromuscular specialist at your nearby medical school. ...Read more

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Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

CPRS has diff stages: CRPS is a very complex diagnosis with varied presentations.Typically it made w/complex tests/blocks meaning that you should be worked up for more common diagnoses such as sciatica with an EMG, muscle spasm & restless leg syndrome which are on the differential. That said,a triple phase bone scan or stellate block can help diagnose CRPS.I suggest you see a PMR or Neurologist to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more

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What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

Nerve damage: If you have unilateral muscle weakness and atrophy there has to be an injury or impingement of the nerve which innervates that part of your leg. A demyelinating process such as MS may also lead to muscle atrophy and weakness unilaterally. Other causes may be trauma to that muscle, prolonged immobilization in a cast, or not weight bearing on the leg can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerves in lower back cause asymmetry between lower legs?

Can pinched nerves in lower back cause asymmetry between lower legs?

Yes but: The asymm. may have actually preceded nerve injury.Asymm. in length is common & often leads to scoliosis &/or vertebral malalignment,chronic pain,& nerve injury.Nerve injury can lead to asymmetric muscle balance, unilateral atrophy, abnormal gait, etc.Seeing a good osteopathic dr. well-versed in treating nerve injury & leg-length discrepancy is a start.PT may be needed to re-educate/rebuild muscle ...Read more

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Do wounds on lower legs heal more slowly?

Do wounds on lower legs heal more slowly?

That depends.: If there is any problem with arterial or venous circulation wounds may heal slower. That is why it is important to understand the blood flow and confounding factors that may affect wound healing. ...Read more

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What causes a brown discoloration on my wife's lower legs?

What causes a brown discoloration on my wife's lower legs?

Pigmentary changes: Difficult to say without seeing. Commonly brown discoloration can occur over the skin after inflammation has subsided and healing is occuring in areas of previous rashes. This phenomenon is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih). On lower legs this can occur after developing chronic stasis dermatitis. Pih usually improves with time. ...Read more

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How do you put weight on your lower legs fast?

How do you put weight on your lower legs fast?

Why hurry: Hey you are talking to somebody with skinny legs :) real answer is there is no healthy "fast way". But any body muscle with exercise and stretching can be developed. ...Read more

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Lately I've been feeling a pulling sensation in my lower legs, often on the sides of legs, when I lie down or wake up. What could possibly cause that?

Lately I've been feeling a pulling sensation in my lower legs, often on the sides of legs, when I lie down or wake up. What could possibly cause that?

See sleep specialist: Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The episodes may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. See a sleep specialist for consultation and a sleep study (PSG test). ...Read more

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Why might it be that I have pain in my lower legs while jogging, but it stops when i do?

Why might it be that I have pain in my lower legs while jogging, but it stops when i do?

Compartment syndrome: Exercise induced exertional compartment syndrome is on the top of the list. The pain would get worse with the impact and increased blood flow of running then predictably resolve after running stops. The pain would center over the anterior and lateral muscle compartments of your leg feeling exceptionally firm when painful. Sometimes a surgical release is indicated. Talk to an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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