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Dr. Andres Katz
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Intermittent Claudication (Definition)

Claudication is pain in the legs. Intermittent is not constant. It usually occurs after walking short distances. Walk = pain. Rest and the pain goes away. Walk and the pain returns. This indicates a blockage of the blood flow into the legs so when you need more blood / oxygen with walking or activity, you don't get it because of the ...Read more


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Leg heaviness sensation intermittent and ice pick headaches associated with MS?

Leg heaviness sensation intermittent and ice pick headaches  associated with MS?

MS symptoms?: Leg heaviness can be related to MS, if the MS caused leg weakness once, sometimes the adaptation is to develop increased muscle tone, which can feel like heaviness. You would remember the onset of this symptom very clearly though, it would affect walking. Ice pick headaches are not normally associated with MS, but there is some overlap with trigeminal neuralgia, which can cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Neurological symptoms in legs and arms experiencing hyperesthesia(NOT painful) and sometimes numbness and erratic mild muscle pain. Fibromyalgia?

Neurological symptoms in legs and arms experiencing hyperesthesia(NOT painful) and sometimes numbness and erratic mild muscle pain. Fibromyalgia?

Probably not: Fibromyalgia is a specific condition that should only be diagnosed by an expert. FMG is associated with specific trigger points not general numbness & hyperesthesia. Unfortunately even health care professionals toss around the term Fibromyalgia leading to many missed diagnosis & 'therapeutic misadventures' (which can be deadly). See a neurologist, & then a FMG specialist if a diagnosis isn't made. ...Read more

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Lumbar scoliosis. Experiencing sciatica pain. Recently accompanied by muscle spasms in buttocks and calf. Tingling and numbness in arms and hands ?

Lumbar scoliosis. Experiencing sciatica pain. Recently accompanied by muscle spasms in buttocks and calf. Tingling and numbness in arms and hands ?

Lumbar scoliosis: Where you diagnosed by a physician. While the tingling and numbness in the arms may result from cervical radiculopathy, The spasms in the buttocks and legs may be related to the lumbar scoliosis. An evaluation and possible radiological studies will be helpful. Your age and full medical history ...Read more

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Are achy legs a sign of neurogenic claudication?

Are achy legs a sign of neurogenic claudication?

probably not: Neurogenic claudication, usually a result of spinal stenosis, causes aching and cramping pain, mainly when standing. If pain occurs during exercise or when resting, there may be another cause. ...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 permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

L5 nerve damage: Hello. Did you have a nerve conduction test (electrodes placed on skin to test problems with nerves) with muscle test part (We call "EMG") where a needle is placed in the muscle to listen for new or old changes in the muscles? If L5 related, pain & cramps should be outer hip, side of thigh & calf & top of foot to big toe. IF S1 nerve is involved, then butt, back of leg, outer foot 4th & 5th toe ...Read more

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Causes of severe bilateral calf pain while standing (relieved by rest or walking) in 58 yr old female with no DVT, no neuro, no arterial issues?

Causes of severe bilateral calf pain while standing (relieved by rest or walking) in 58 yr old female with no DVT, no neuro, no arterial issues?

Tight and strained: The calf muscles become quite sore when they are tight. Dorsiflexion at the ankle should be 5-10 degrees. Passive stretching is advised for such a condition. Active stretching may cause more injury to the muscle and tendon. Passive means off-weightbearing. Just sit and use a towel, belt or elastic band. ...Read more

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How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?

How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?

Need more specifics: First you need to see a doctor and get a specific diagnosis then the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Can a blood clot in the leg cause involuntary muscle movements in the leg and ankle pain?

Can a blood clot in the leg cause involuntary muscle movements in the leg and ankle pain?

It's possible: As poor venous outflow from the muscles in the lower(distal) leg due to a blood clot(DVT) could lead to spasms, but it's not the most common symptom. The swelling often associated can lead to ankle pain. ...Read more

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Can l4-5 spinal stenosis + left sided herniation cause muscle spasm in both legs? Why do I feel weakness in leg as it twitches?

Yes : Spinal stenosis generally causes diffuse weakness in both lower extremities and get aggravated with activity. Leaning forward as you would on a bike or sleeping in a fetal position flexes the spine and generally alleviates the pain from stenosis. You appear to have a one level disc herniation which would cause numbness, weakness, spasm in the muscles that are innervated by that nerve root. ...Read more

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Intermittent pain on top of foot near ankle when walking. Cramping severe pain with foot elevated. Female, moderate exerciser, non-smoker. Thoughts?

Intermittent pain on top of foot near ankle when walking. Cramping severe pain with foot elevated. Female, moderate exerciser, non-smoker. Thoughts?

Positional.: Where is the cramping and severe pain located when the foot id elevated. Elevation should relieve most problems. The fact that pain and cramping increase with elevation could indicate a problem with under perfusion of tissues with blood. To remove all doubt, have you foot evaluated to consider all possibilities. ...Read more

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What blood flow problems can cause right leg muscle pain after short exercise?

Peripheral vascular : Peripheral vascular disease is a serious condition that can cause pain and cramping in the legs after a short course of exercise. This should be evaluated by your primary care physician or by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Other causes of severe nerve pain in both legs, feet, pelvis and groin with tingling, numbness. Mri shows no compression in spine, no diabetes. Help?

Other causes of severe nerve pain in both legs, feet, pelvis and groin with tingling, numbness. Mri shows no compression in spine, no diabetes. Help?

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more