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Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male

Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male

This : This sounds like a serious issue that should be evaluated in-person by a qualified physician! if your weakness was sudden, there are numerous possible causes, most importantly associated with your nervous system. It does not sound like you had a trauma, so muscle-or-tendon ruptures are unlikely. The most common reason for this problem is an acute disc herniation in the lumbar spine, that can occur without back pain or even any kind of bending/lifting injury. This causes nerve compression that gives patients typically radiating leg pain, numbness and weakness. The muscles that are associated with each lumbar spine level need to be tested individually during a good physical examination, and the distribution of your numbness should be traced. That can often lead to a pretty good diagnosis, even before imaging studies are done. You will probably need a set of standing lumbar x-rays and then possibly an MRI of your back to determine the real cause of the problem. There could be an inflammatory problem with onevof your nerves in the buttock or leg, although that is not as common as nerve root compression in the lower spine. Very rarely can individual nerve roots be affected with a disease inside of the cauda equina, the lower part of your nervous system inside of the lumbar spine, so that is unlikely. Even more rare would be a spinal cord problem higher up in the spine, or some kind of stroke inside of your brain, so that would not be the first thing your doctor will be looking for. Make sure you tell your physician as clear as you can when the problem started, where you feel weak, and where the numbness is (front, side, back of the lower leg?). Associated fever, chills, recent weight loss and problems with urination are important to convey to your doctor also. Do not wait too long to go see someone. Hopefully you can be treated with a course of anti-inflammatory medicines (similar to ibuprofen) and maybe physical therapy to see if things improve. Even with weakness, there is no good evidence for early surgery, as most patients -even if they were weak for a long time from nerve-root compression- eventually regain their strength just fine. Depending on the evaluation and possible MRI scan, do not let yourself get scared into surgery right away; try non-operative treatments first. If things do not improve, and there is indeed a significant amount of nerve compression in the lumbar spine, surgery might be the answer, and it is often very successful for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have severe muscle spasms in my left leg. Weakness in both legs. Both hands fall asleep and I have a loss of sensitivity in my fingers?

I have severe muscle spasms in my left leg. Weakness in both legs. Both hands fall asleep and I have a loss of sensitivity in my fingers?

See Neurologist now: Your symptoms are very concerning, urgent that you see Neurologist asap. Comprehensive workup is indicated including blood tests, MRI of spine and brain. If these symptoms just started, call 911 or go to nearest ER. You did not give any history, but it will be important to determine if you have had recent injury, trauma or involved in Motor vehicle accident. Please see Neurologist now, ...Read more

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What to do if I am a 20 year old male ive realized my whole left leg is getting smaller muscle wise?

What to do if I am a 20 year old male ive realized my whole left leg is getting smaller muscle wise?

Go see your doctor: Regardless if you're 20yo as stated or 39yo as listed, if you notice a size discrepancy in your muscles, go see your family doc for confirmation & referral for EMG/NCV +/- muscle biopsy. This testing, performed by your Neurologist or Physiatrist, will help pinpoint cause/location leading to atrophy. It's important to tell your doc how size discrepancy affects function eg falls/injuries etc. ...Read more

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My muscles of the left leg have became very hard and very swollen for no reason. No workout, no injury, nothing. Little pain... What's wrong?

My muscles of the left leg have became very hard and very swollen for no reason. No workout, no injury, nothing. Little pain...  What's wrong?

Always a Reason.: There a several reasonable explanations for your complaints. Unfortunately, they all revolve around some form of injury, overuse or activity involvement. You best answer is to be found by being evaluated first your family doctor. He (she) may then decide to send you to a specialist. ...Read more

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I can hardly contract my left leg's muscles, and when i sit on my knees, i can feel sever pain. It's been happening since a month. What can this be?

I can hardly contract my left leg's muscles, and when i sit on my knees, i can feel sever pain. It's been happening since a month. What can this be?

? muscle tear: Your description does not give any information regarding the onset of these symptoms about a month ago. Were you involved in a sport at time of onset, was there an impact to the area, was there initial ecchymosis(black and blue) swelling, increase in temperature to the involved area. Given the info available, my best guess is a calf muscle tear. Ibuprofen may be helpful with healing. ...Read more

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Recurring back pains with the muscle connected to the left leg. Should i consult a physiotherapist? Tried applying creams but to no avail.Suggestions?

Recurring back pains with the muscle connected to the left leg. Should i consult a physiotherapist? Tried applying creams but to no avail.Suggestions?

See answer: Nearly everyone has low back pain sometime. Low back pain may reflect nerve or muscle irritation or bone lesions. Occurs most often between ages 30 and 50 related to aging, sedentary lifestyles, increasing risk of disc disease (pain down the leg), and spinal degenerative disease. Generally, always best to see an md first for proper evaluation and examination and then discuss best rx options. ...Read more

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What can cause a muscle twitch in upper left leg?

What can cause a muscle twitch in upper left leg?

Many things: Muscle twitches are involuntary spasms that in the great majority of people are benign. Stay hydrated, stretch before exercising, and eat a balanced diet. If other symptoms like weakness or numbness also develop, then you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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The left half of my quad muscle on my left leg is numb. It does not hurt and I can still do all functions. It's been numb for 3 days now. suggestions?

Numb And Number: There's a sensory nerve that travels in that area that can get numb if it is compressed up by the groin.Like, from tight underwear or jeans or a heavy tool belt or a seat belt injury or from Diabetes or getting stuck in a chimney too long.It's called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (so what).It could get worse (burning pain) or get better.Time will tell.And take off those nylon lace underwear! ...Read more