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Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

If muscle weakness: You should be evaluated by spine specialist. Either neurosurgery or orthopedic spine fellowship trained doctor who can relieve the pressure on the nerve by that disc. Assuming you have had conservative care, including physical therapy, possible injections by pain management, adjustment by chiropractor very briefly. ...Read more

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more


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My daughter 4 yrs old still had muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflex, positive babinski reflex affected only left leg.?

My daughter 4 yrs old still had muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflex, positive babinski reflex affected only left leg.?

Neurologist: Not sure what workup has been done, and what diagnoses have been made, but I would highly suggest getting a neurologist involved to investigate. This constellation of symptoms suggests an issue at the spinal cord level, or a nerve degeneration issue, and requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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My mother is having sudden left-sided muscle weakness with double vision and tingling in her arm and leg? What could this possibly be?

My mother is having sudden left-sided muscle weakness with double vision and tingling in her arm and leg? What could this possibly be?

Call MD asap: People with sudden onset of weakness and numbness on one side of the body raise a strong concern for possible stroke, particularly when associated with possible brainstem signs of double vision. Early evaluation and/or treatment is very important to prevent worsening of deficits and/or possible treatment. ...Read more

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What specialist would I need to see if I have muscle weakness in one leg?

What specialist would I need to see if I have muscle weakness in one leg?

PMD: Typically this would first be evaluated by your primary medical doctor and then a neurologist. ...Read more

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Why would a person get muscle weakness in the leg?

Why would a person get muscle weakness in the leg?

Nerve&muscle damage: Any type of nerve injury in your lower spine or in your leg can cause muscle weakness. Muscle diseases can lead to weakness. Sometimes brain conditions lead to muscle weakness, too. A detailed neurological exam can identify the likely area of damage. ...Read more

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Muscle weakness and strange feelings in my legs.

Muscle weakness and strange feelings in my legs.

Get diagnosis: Weakness and altered sensations could be due to back problems, such as cauda equine, but also, peripheral nerve disease, and this likely would benefit from timely attention. ...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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Muscle weakness in legs while taking walk. Do I sit and rest?

Muscle weakness in legs while taking walk. Do I sit and rest?

See a doc: It is not generally normal to have muscle weakness when you walk unless you are going way beyond your physical capabilities. It would be advisable to see your doctor and tell him/her your symptoms. There may be a solution for it. ...Read more

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Neuro suspects remnants of mild gbs after nerve study. What can I do to help recover and reduce muscle weakness in legs that has mostly stabilized.

Neuro suspects remnants of mild gbs after nerve study. What can I do to help recover and reduce muscle weakness in legs that has mostly stabilized.

Physical therapy: Usage of motor systems through physical therapy and exercise is the best known way to recover nerve function. Keep up the patience and hard work. Nerves can grow back at a rate of 1mm per month. ...Read more

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All of a sudden had muscle weakness in leg and can't walk/run/drive (6mnths) for long time. CPK is 184IU/L and sr cr which used to be 0.9 is now 1.2.

All of a sudden had muscle weakness in leg and can't walk/run/drive (6mnths) for long time. CPK is 184IU/L and sr cr which used to be 0.9 is now 1.2.

You need and exam: Clearly, something has changed in you at least with respect with the strength in one limb and since it hasn't gotten any better over a long period of time you should have it looked it by a doctor. I am also concerned about the increased serum creatinine....but have you tried drinking water in generous amounts? Sometimes, a person gets a bit dehyrated and those numbers bump a bit. ...Read more

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If I have herniated disc-no pain, will riding bike in the "aero" position lead to worse leg muscle weakness?

If I have herniated disc-no pain, will riding bike in the "aero" position lead to worse leg muscle weakness?

Herniated Disc: Not necessarily. It depends on whether there is any nerve compression and where, anatomically, the compression is located. Your doctor can provide better advice by performing an MRI of the spine, if he hasn't already. Unless you have had sciatica or a previous history of leg weakness, you can always try a bicycle run and see if it affects you. ...Read more

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Does any part in the thoracic spine region cause muscle weakness in both arm and leg?

Does any part in the thoracic spine region cause muscle weakness in both arm and leg?

No: The nerves to the arms arise from the cervical region. The nerves to the legs arise from the lumbar region. I would go see a neurologist for ongoing problems ...Read more

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Acl reconstruction, 6 days out (hamstring). Muscle weakness, swelling, wobble when weight put on leg. Normal? Dr said I should be walking 1 week out.

Acl reconstruction, 6 days out (hamstring). Muscle weakness, swelling, wobble when weight put on leg. Normal? Dr said I should be walking 1 week out.

NOT AS PREDICTED: Your recovery is slow at best, but not necessarily an area of worry, unless there is a problem with your femoral nerve. Strongly urge followup visit in next few days with your surgeon, and find out if this is just a slow recovery or a post-operative complication which needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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Dr saysgbs began 1/17 newsympt: legs givingout, dropping larger things than before, inc muscle weakness-limbs, typical? Other conditions? Brainmri-clean

Dr saysgbs began 1/17 newsympt: legs givingout, dropping larger things than before, inc muscle weakness-limbs, typical? Other conditions? Brainmri-clean

Ascending disease: Your gbs may have been brought on by a viral illness, a flu shot or a side effect of other medicationthe disease usually begins in the lower limbs and is ascending in nature. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I injured my back 2 weeks ago. I have had muscle weakness, pain, numbness and tingling, and swelling in my right leg ever since. Is this normal?

I injured my back 2 weeks ago. I have had muscle weakness, pain, numbness and tingling, and swelling in my right leg ever since. Is this normal?

Seek medical care: You are describing a radiculopathy.U may have a herniated disc that caused the back pain and is pressing on the nerves that go to the leg. Weakness/ numbness is evidence of neurologic compromise and needs immediate attention before damage is permanent. Go in to ur doc. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Weak Muscles (Definition)

Muscle weakness can be described as either a perceived or measurable loss in muscle strength. This loss can be due to host of conditions, including but not limited to, age, ...Read more