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I want to know what causes leg weakness?

I want to know what causes leg weakness?

Many causes: Parasaggital brain lesion, compression of spinal cord at the neck or mid back, lumbar stenosis, peripheral neuropathy, muscle disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, endocrine disorders, vitamin deficiencies, etc. These are examples, and if you wish more information go to www. Aan. Com. ...Read more

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Leg Weakness (Definition)

Motor strength is usually graded from one to five with five being normal. Any motor grade of the lower extremity that is less than five would be classified ...Read more


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Having L5S1hemilaminectomy &disectomy. What can I expect for recovery and results? I do have leg weakness

Having L5S1hemilaminectomy &disectomy. What can I expect for recovery and results? I do have leg weakness

See details: You need to ask your surgeon not a doctor who cannot examine you or see your MRI. Figue 6-12 months to a complete recovery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Leg weakness?

What is the definition or description of: Leg weakness?

See below: Motor strength is usually graded from one to five with five being normal. Any motor grade of the lower extremity that is less than five would be classified as lower extremity weakness. ...Read more

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What can cause leg weakness and random sharp body pains?

Diabetes for one: No specific condition is responsible for this combination, if indeed they are related. But statistically in the us diabetes is probably the most common disorder capable of causing both complaints. Other possibilities are numerous including b vitamin deficiency, aids, guillain-barre, syphilis, etc. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What could be causing my strange feelings of leg weakness?

What could be causing my strange feelings of leg weakness?

Various causes: This could be vascular or neurological in origin. You really need to see your doctor. If you're having unsteadiness in the way you walk or weakness in your legs, it will require a formal medical workup. I would recommend you see a neurologist or an orthopedic spinal specialist. Pryor will require mris of your cervical thoracic and lumbar spine. ...Read more

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I still have some numbness and leg weakness two months post back fusion. Is it permanent?

I still have some numbness and leg weakness two months post back fusion. Is it permanent?

Back surgery: It may take several months to fully heal post spinal fusion if there was nerve impingement it may take longer to resolve or there may be some permanent damage depending on the severity of the impingement ...Read more

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What can cause me to have sudden leg weakness at martial arts class?

What can cause me to have sudden leg weakness at martial arts class?

See your Doctor: There can be a variety of causes, but what first comes to mind is a low back condition which can often be aggravated with high floors, high kicking, etc.


See your chiropractor to evaluate for neurological deficits due to disc bulge or herniation, as well as ruling out anything in the abdomen/pelvis. ...Read more

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What can cause bi lateral generalised leg weakness with difficulty to step up without grabbing pain in top of leg. R worse and calf mus hurts?

Get evaluated.: Please see your doctor about this. Unless you are having other symptoms you haven't mentioned, I wonder if you are having a nerve impingement in your lower spine area. Your doctor will likely perform a neurologic screening exam, and possibly recommend a ct or MRI to rule out spinal stenosis or other nerve impingement problems. You need to be seen about this. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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I get leg weakness and back pain with prolonged standing. Any options?

I get leg weakness and back pain with prolonged standing. Any options?

Chiropractr, lose wt?: Sounds like an anatomical issue-pinched nerves. I recommend seeing a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor. If overweight, losing weight may help. ...Read more

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I have leg weakness/pain and a little back pain with prolonged standing. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

I have leg weakness/pain and a little back pain with prolonged standing. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

Find the reason: You have to find the reason for it before anybody could suggest treatment for you, check it out. ...Read more

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Had cold for over week, past couple of days I've develop chest pain, headaches and progressive leg weakness. Is it time 2 see dr. Or let it pass?

Had cold for over week, past couple of days I've develop chest pain, headaches and progressive leg weakness. Is it time 2 see dr. Or let it pass?

See Doctor: Both chest pain and progressive leg weakness can be serious complications after a vital illness. Would get checked out right away to figure out if anything serious is going on. ...Read more

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What can cause leg weakness/tiredness?

What can cause leg weakness/tiredness?

Many causes: In your age group, may consider spinal stenosis, poor blood flow to legs, such as intermittent claudication, myasthenia gravis or muscle disease, peripheral nerve issues, spinal cord compression caused by neck degeneration. But could well be a benign problem, such as deconditioning, gaining weight, having thyroid issues, even depression your doctor can sort all of this out. ...Read more

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Could spinal/back problems cause leg weakness?

Could spinal/back problems cause leg weakness?

Yes,: If a ruptured disc compressing a spinal nerve going to the leg, weakness affecting those muscles could be acquired. Spinal stenosis, which is widespread might cause weakness in both legs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lower leg weakness?

What is the definition or description of: Lower leg weakness?

Foot to leg.: Described as a weakness in the muscle strength of the muscles located in the leg area, between the knee and the foot. These muscles have a primary purpose of influencing the foot's movement in relation to the leg. ...Read more

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(+) endometriosis, having a bad flare which includes leg pain (typical); however, recently developing leg weakness, could this be related?

(+) endometriosis, having a bad flare which includes leg pain (typical); however, recently developing leg weakness, could this be related?

Endometriosis sites: If the Endometriosis implants are located in the pelvic cavity above a nerve that goes to your legs, then yes, it can be related. Medical or surgical options should be discussed with your GYN MD to see if the symptoms can be alleviated. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cysts cause leg weakness?

Could ovarian cysts cause leg weakness?

If gigantic: Typical ovarian cysts are too small to compress nerves leaving the lower spinal cord to enter the leg. A super large cyst could conceivably affect the retro-peritoneal ilio-hypogastric or ilio-inguinal nerves, or even the femoral, but I have never encountered this. I have seen post-operative complications affecting all of these nerves however. ...Read more

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What could cause left arm and leg weakness?

What could cause left arm and leg weakness?

Multiple things: If your left arm and leg are both weak, you can be having or have had a stroke. Alternatively, brain tumors or seizures can lead to such weakness. Furthermore, high neck problems (discs, tumors, fractures) that are asymmetric to the left can cause these problems also. These are just a few causes by the way. See your md for a full workup. ...Read more

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Can low blood sugar cause strange leg weakness?

Can low blood sugar cause strange leg weakness?

It can: Absolutely, as cell function is primarily driven by glucose and if not available, will turn into alternative fuels (such as ketones) which in turn can cause discomfort (legs, stomach, etc). ...Read more

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Can nuvaring cause leg weakness/pain/restlessness?

Can nuvaring cause leg weakness/pain/restlessness?

Unlikely, but...: Probably not, but the eluting (drug) iud, can increase the likelyhood of phlebitis, albeit low. Restlessness, many causes-doubt related to your pain, per se! Need to discuss this with your doc! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Upper leg weakness?

Motor strength: There is a normal range of strength fro the muscle groups in the upper leg. Upper leg weakness is simply a strength that is below this normal range. There can be a variety of causes. ...Read more

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Can a compressed sciatic nerve cause leg weakness? Specifically the hamstring?

Can a compressed sciatic nerve cause leg weakness? Specifically the hamstring?

Possibly: A compressed sciatic nerve can cause leg weakness. Often pain down the leg is due to a lumbar radiculopathy or irritation to the lumbar nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve. The distribution of pain depends on which nerve is irritated although pain in the back or leg or "hamstring" is common. See your md if this pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it called leg weakness when your leg is so weak you can't stand on it and if u do you fall and it only last a min? Or is this temporary paralysis?

Is it called leg weakness when your leg is so weak you can't stand on it and if u do you fall and it only last a min? Or is this temporary paralysis?

Unclear: One leg or both? It is hard to say for sure based on your description which at the least sounds like severe weakness and at the most can be paralysis. Also, further information such as onset, duration, triggers, frequency, and other symptoms would be important as this is a concerning event. Please speak with your physician or you can make a virtual appointment with me for further discussion. ...Read more

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Canfoot nunbness and leg weakness be caused by shingles in chest?

Canfoot nunbness and leg weakness be caused by shingles in chest?

Vzv: Sshingles can cause separate neurologic manifestations (neuropathy, myelitis, etc) from the rash and pain. Would be very unlikely to occcur at same time. ...Read more

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Would l4-5 posterior &rt paracentral as forrminal herniation cause leg weakness?

Would l4-5 posterior &rt paracentral as forrminal herniation cause leg weakness?

Lumbar radiculopathy: In the lower back, a nerve can be "pinched" by a disc herniation, or by foraminal narrowing. Unilateral leg weakness, associated with pain and numbness might be seen. If at l-4, weakness of thigh muscles, l-5 weakness foot dorsiflexors, s-1 weakness of foot plantar flexors. ...Read more

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Having dizziness and leg weakness and some shortness of breath what could it be?

Having dizziness and leg weakness and some shortness of breath what could it be?

Dizziness: Dizziness could be low bp/ low sugar. If you have associated sob, you might need echocardiogram for heart evaluation, esp if u feel lower legs swollen. You might need TSH and electrolytes checked for leg weakness. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat fatigue, leg weakness, headaches?

What can I do to treat fatigue, leg weakness, headaches?

Find & Rx cause: Chronic fatigue syndrome is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impair the patient's ability to produce energy and they end up chronically fatigued. There are numerous internal & external stressors that can contribute to this syndrome. Find & rx. ...Read more

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I have mild leg weakness. I find when I'm tired it seems worse and becomes hard to do activities such as climbing stairs. Is this expected? Any advice

I have mild leg weakness. I find when I'm tired it seems worse and becomes hard to do activities such as climbing stairs. Is this expected? Any advice

Yes, with weakness -: Your symptoms will get worse.
One needs to determine why do you have weakness in the first place?
Se your pcp to be evaluated/investigated ; treated. Any infective condition (with viral being rather common) will give you generalized weakness; a back issue with pinched nerve will probably give a one-sided weakness; or it could be due to a local soft tissue or bony lesions. Might need an orthopod. ...Read more

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My drs are stumped so I thought to ask here, generally what causes several tiny focal lesions in brain with right body weakness w/ bilat leg weakness?

My drs are stumped so I thought to ask here, generally what causes several tiny focal lesions in brain with right body weakness w/ bilat leg weakness?

Brain: This needs to be reviewed by a neurologist. As you are in newjersey, perhaps a referral to princeton med center is in order. Mapquest says you are about 1.5 hours apart. Grab your phone and make the call ...Read more

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I have leg weakness and tremors since epidural cortisone shot in back. What should I do?

I have leg weakness and tremors since epidural cortisone shot in back. What should I do?

Get follow up: Epidural steroid ("cortisone") shots in the low back are commonly performed for pain and and leg complaints. If a leg becomes weaker this may mean that a nerve is being compressed, and it is important to have that evaluated by an expert. You have several choices, including returning to the doctor who did your epidural, your primary doctor, a physiatrist, or a spine surgeon (ortho or neuro). ...Read more

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I had a csection 2 weeks ago and ever since ive had leg weakness almost like my legs want to give out?

I had a csection 2 weeks ago and ever since ive had leg weakness almost like my legs want to give out?

Call your OB MD: Your previous OB GYN, who did the C/section, can give you more accurate advice based upon their previous care and examination. ...Read more

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I contracted Mono last year, now I'm having problems with dizziness and leg weakness. And my last blood test came back normal.

I contracted Mono last year, now I'm having problems with dizziness and leg weakness. And my last blood test came back normal.

Likely unrelated: Years ago there was some talk about a chronic mono but the CDC has debunked that speculation. Your symptoms are very non-specific and could be related to dozens of differing diagnoses. I would work with your PCP over time to sort it out. Many of these take time to show their true form before they can be labeled and treated. ...Read more

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Can ashtma/copd issues cause dizziness at times? I also have leg weakness, any connection? It's a progressive thing that's gotten worse over time.

Can ashtma/copd issues cause dizziness at times? I also have leg weakness, any connection? It's a progressive thing that's gotten worse over time.

If you are 24: ...And have been told you have copd, you might need a second opinion from a board certified pulmonologist. Asthma and COPD should not cause dizziness, and leg weakness is not at all a common manifestation of either. You need a good doctor, not a brief chat on the internet. ...Read more

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Why would a female have pelvic heaviness and leg weakness. I do not have a UTI (negative culture, no burning), but it feels similar to a UTI coming on.?

Why would a female have pelvic heaviness and leg weakness. I do not have a UTI (negative culture, no burning), but it feels similar to a UTI coming on.?

Uterine Enlargement?: You should see your gyn! A pelvic ultrasound is painless and provides invaluable information. Your symptoms may be coming from uterine enlargement of which there are many reasons. ...Read more

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Is leg weakness a symptom of fibromyalgia? I get pain throughout my entire body then I feel sick and then my legs become so weak that I can't walk on my own.

Is leg weakness a symptom of fibromyalgia? I get pain throughout my entire body then I feel sick and then my legs become so weak that I can't walk on my own.

Not really: The body doesn’t like to move through a painful area, but that is not weakness. This should be evaluated. Fibromyalgia is associated with other systemic condition such as RA, and you need to be certain that the fibro condition exists alone ...Read more