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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago.  Disuse atrophy to lower leg.  Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf.  Suggestions?

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 to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...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 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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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Wear support stockings
Daily
Check cholesterol medications
Once
Exercise
30 Min, Daily, forever
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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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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

Have your iron level checked
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Take medication as prescribed
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Reduce caffeine intake
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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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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

Take a hot bath
once every night
Exercise
daily
Massage
weekly
Avoid caffeine
daily
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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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