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What does it mean when your leg buckles in pain when walking up and down the stairs?

What does it mean when your leg buckles in pain when walking up and down the stairs?

Muscle inhibition: Sometimes, when pain is perceived in an area, the body inhibits the muscles in the region to try to avoid activity. Your symptoms could be coming from anywhere- from the knee, hip, ankle, or back. See your primary care doc so they can start the appropriate work up and you to a physiatrist or orthopedist, if necessary. ...Read more

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My legs buckled and couldn't get up. What was the cause of that?

My legs buckled and couldn't get up. What was the cause of that?

Legs buckled: At your age degenerative joint disease (DJDI, commonly known as arthritis is the most important cause. ...Read more

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What can case me to feel like my legs are going to buckle out from underneath me?

What can case me to feel like my legs are going to buckle out from underneath me?

Knee or back problem: Can represent a mensical or ligament injury in the knee which can cause buckling.
Also lower spine (stenosis) can cause sudden weakness in the legs.
Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have MS and my leg buckles when I'm trying to walk or exercise. How do I stop this.

I have MS and my leg buckles when I'm trying to walk or exercise. How do I stop this.

Assessment: Need to be assessed to determine what and why this is happening. It depends on whether this is a new problem or an old problem, the results of the neurologic exam and MR imaging, and what therapy you are on already. There are medicines that can improve MS symptoms and some that can "modify" the disease. You may also benefit from physical therapy. Happy to see you for a virtual consult to address. ...Read more

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My leg randomly buckles when I am walking. This often causes lengthy periods of pain where I struggle to walk. What can you do to help?

My leg randomly buckles when I am walking. This often causes lengthy periods of pain where I struggle to walk. What can you do to help?

Pain when leg buckle: My leg randomly buckles when I am walking. This often causes lengthy periods of pain where I struggle to walk. What can you do to help? ANS: I recommend you go to a Dr., give them your detailed story and answer all of his questions as you see. He will examine knees and maybe get X-rays And should be able to figure out. Then you will know what to about them. ...Read more

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Legs numb & tingly every morning when I wake up & buckle if I walk. No pain, just numb. Legs also go "off" if I flip over in bed then come "on" again?

Legs numb & tingly every morning when I wake up & buckle if I walk. No pain, just numb. Legs also go "off" if I flip over in bed then come "on" again?

See physician: What you describe could indicate a neurological problem in the spine that could present a problem. You need a thorough exam to check into this and will probably need some xray studies also. The lack of pain is a concerning issue. You may try taking an anti-inflammatory if not allergic to them, and do see your physician soon. Avoid any heavy lifting or athletic moves until seen. ...Read more

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I am having severe sciatica pain & also in the groin area making it is difficult to walk & sometimes my leg buckles?

Sounds sciatic: It sounds like you have been having pain due to a disc problem that has likely herniated causing pain more localized to the side it herniated pinching a nerve creating pain down the leg. 90% get better non operatively. Medication, physical therapy & epidural injections may help with only 10% needing surgery. Other possibilities include a hip joint problem, pyriformis syndrome & si joint issue. ...Read more

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Why do my legs buckle when I am tired? Worse on awalening. See my med history pls. I am 49. Wt 160 ht 64in, work on my feet 9hrs day

Working too hard: Your bmi likely is above 30. Excess weight will put more pressure on your extremities and back causing pain. Losing weight would definitely help. Have a comprehensive blood work to include test for sugar lipids and tsh, ekg etc go see your dr for a comprehensive check up. Take care! ...Read more

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Feel off balance while standing & moving around (twisting, taking photos etc) Feels like ground is shifting and legs almost buckle. Is this MS?

Feel off balance while standing & moving around (twisting, taking photos etc) Feels like ground is shifting and legs almost buckle. Is this MS?

There are many: Possible diagnoses for the symptoms you are experiencing. MS is possible but not very high on the list. It would be advisable to be evaluated by a health care professional and be examined as well as have some testing performed to exclude more common and less serious diagnoses. ...Read more

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3 days ago got new acl and bucket handle meniscus repaired. Masturbated and leg buckled and stretched. Could that retore meniscus and stitches?

3 days ago got new acl and bucket handle meniscus repaired. Masturbated and leg buckled and stretched. Could that retore meniscus and stitches?

Sorry, I miss read-: -the question. I read retore as restore, so my comment was out of line. If U had just omitted the masturbation part it made more sense. Yes the fact that Ur knee buckled could very well have caused a disruption of the repair. U should get back 2 Ur operating surgeon & tell him/her about the buckling, & leave out the other part. ...Read more

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I recently started to gain back extreme pain In my lower back that does come sometimes a the worse times out of nowhere. Its very severe sometimes and buckles me down to one knee when it radiates down through one of my legs? What is wrong?

Don't know but. ..: If the pain that you have starts in your lower back and radiates down thru your buttocks and down the back of your leg you are describing the classic pain pattern of sciatica or slipped disc or pinched nerve. You and 40 million other Americans suffer from it. Most will get better with bed rest. Mild analgesics help too. Speak to your doc and try to avoid the surgeons scalpel. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain in groin area when I raise knee or squat to stand. Feels like a pop and leg buckles. Only on rt side. Wakes me up! Possible cause?

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Sharp shooting pain in groin area when I raise knee or squat to stand. Feels like a pop and leg buckles. Only on rt side. Wakes me up! Possible cause?

Need more info: Could be your hip. If acute onset-was there a precipitating accident. Could be hernia, high lumbar radiculopathy pain. How did it start. You should get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, or sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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I am 76 back legs, calves, & going up, is tight. Feels like I pulled/strained muscles. Worse in am. Even buckled 2x. I hv not done 1 thing strenuous?

I am 76 back legs, calves, & going up, is tight. Feels like I pulled/strained muscles. Worse in am. Even buckled 2x. I hv not done 1 thing strenuous?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis caused by degenerative changes in your spine may be the culprit. Your physician, orthopedic surgeon or neurologist can evaluate you and order a lumbosacral mri or other testing in order to diagnose your problem and advise you about treatment options. ...Read more

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? Pain/numb from my back, down my leg, & up to my neck. Pain in side. Hard to walk & my leg tries to buckle. Neck, back & hip feel out of place.?

? Pain/numb from my back, down my leg, & up to my neck. Pain in side. Hard to walk & my leg tries to buckle. Neck, back & hip feel out of place.?

Fibromyalgia: 35 yo female with "diabetes insipidus", chronic widespread pain, heart murmur, generalized weakness, & neck, back & "hip" pain might have fibromyalgia (FM); highly associated with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, which is associated with mitral valve prolapse, pelvic pain, low back pain & interstitial cystitis. FM includes chronic spasm/weakness of major muscles that maintain upright posture. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain on each leg where the thigh and pelvic bone connect. It does not hasten on both legs at the same time. The pain makes my leg buckle?

I get a sharp pain on each leg where the thigh and pelvic bone connect. It does not hasten on both legs at the same time. The pain makes my leg buckle?

Meniscus: Damage to the meniscus of the knee can cause leg buckling and referred pain to the joint above. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I was jogging when I felt breathless & fatigued, so I slowed down. As I did, my legs buckled and I fell in the road. Should I speak to my cardio?

I was jogging when I felt breathless & fatigued, so I slowed down. As I did, my legs buckled and I fell in the road. Should I speak to my cardio?

Doubtful: I know nothing of your hx so can't answer, but I see you had a heart catheterization and stress test. Since you were jogging, I'll make a bet that they were both normal. If I'm correct, you'll gain nothing talking to your cardiologist. Look for another cause. Was it warm? Were you dehydrated? Did you overdo it? ...Read more

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After a vigorous exercise, my quads are extremely sore, causing my legs to buckle when I walk. What steps do I take to heal, and prevent more injury?

After a vigorous exercise, my quads are extremely sore, causing my legs to buckle when I walk. What steps do I take to heal, and prevent more injury?

Don't push so hard!: 1st drink plenty of water to rehydrate. Then take it easy ie no exercise for next several days until you're better. Next time, don't push so far, so fast, so hard. Yes, you still need to exercise but not to that extent. In meantime, do stretch all your muscles, especially the sore ones. And keep exercising those muscles that don't involve the sore ones. ...Read more

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Hi I am 58, I'm not sure what is happening to me but can't see dr till 27th. My hands shake/jerk, legs buckle, have swallowing issues, tingling all over?

Hi I am 58, I'm not sure what is happening to me but can't see dr till 27th. My hands shake/jerk, legs buckle, have swallowing issues, tingling all over?

Urgent Care or ER: How long have you had these symptoms? Hours? Days? Weeks? Do you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, diabetes? or family history of the above? Are you under stress or have emotional issues when this happened? If in doubt best you go to an urgent care or emergency center and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Strange, fleeting but increasing uncomfortable leg sensations causing leg (s) to buckle. What might be causing this? History of disc fractures, sciatic pain, mostly on one side, born breach, wore braces for first 3 years of life, had a serious back injury

My: My biggest concern, especially considering your history of disc problems and sciatica as well as previous serious back injury would be that the buckling and strange painful leg sensations are due to ongoing and perhaps progressive nerve irritation/entrapment from your lower spine. While nonspecific, numbness or tingling may also be present with nerve damage. More serious signs of problems, necessitating immediate evaluation would include loss of bowel or bladder control. You really should be evaluated by at least your primary care physician if not an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Hello, 10 months ago had surgery on acl meniscus and fx fibula now my legs are swollen tingling and buckle keeping me up at night? Pain from hip-toes.

Hello, 10 months ago had surgery on acl meniscus and fx fibula now my legs are swollen tingling and buckle keeping me up at night? Pain from hip-toes.

Get evaluated: That is not normal. Have evaluated. nerve on the outside of the knee (peroneal) is nearby. Depending on how things were repaired all of the nerves and circulation around the knee need to be thoroghly evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes the knee to buckle?

What causes the knee to buckle?

Many things: Several things can cause the knee to buckle. Sometimes, tears of the meniscus or loose bodies within the knee can cause buckling. Other times, pain secondary to irritation of the cartilage behind the knee cap can cause transient shutdown of the quadriceps and cause the knee to give way. Consult a physician and he/she should be able to help. ...Read more

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I am a 51 yr old woman active. Good weight...Every now and again my knee will buckle up on me. Why?

I am a 51 yr old woman active. Good weight...Every now and again my knee will buckle up on me. Why?

I agree: This could be for a variety of reasons. Acl deficiency, meniscus tear (acute vs. Chronic arthitis) or weakness can cause this. If this is inhibiting your activities of daily living you should see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My knee buckles sideways, and I have pain on the outside and top of my knee. Sometimes it gives way. What could this be?

My knee buckles sideways, and I have pain on the outside and top of my knee. Sometimes it gives way. What could this be?

Sprained ligament: You may have sustained an injury to one of the important stabilizing ligaments of your knee. The most likely injured ligaments that protect against buckling and sideward looseness are the acl and lcl (anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments). You should be evaluated expeditiously by an orthopaedic surgeon. Avoid running, jumping, pivoting and deep knee bending until you are evaluated. ...Read more

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My left knee always buckles up and I'm in pain i?

My left knee always buckles up and I'm in pain i?

Probable ACL tear: The acl is an important stabilizer of the knee. It prevents forward translation of the tibia bone. If torn, it may result in knee instability (buckling). Depending on age and athletic activity of patient it may need to be surgically reconstructed. Surgery is technically demanding and is usually performed by sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons. ...Read more

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Tranverse non-displaced patella fx on 11/27/13. Conservative non-surg tx with pt since 3rd week. Wbat but knee buckles, crackles and pops? What now?

Tranverse non-displaced patella fx on 11/27/13. Conservative non-surg tx with pt since 3rd week. Wbat but knee buckles, crackles and pops? What now?

Uneven articular.. .: ...Surface under the knee cap (patella), even though the fraction was not displaced there is trauma 2 the cartilage under the patella. Changes in the structure of the surface takes a while 2 develop as there's no blood supply 2 it. If trouble descending stairs, squatting increase the trouble, an mr may b needed as well as an arthroscopic procedure, . ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my knee buckles when I run, but there is no pain?

Could you tell me why my knee buckles when I run, but there is no pain?

Pain and weakness...: ...as well as instability are not always directly related. Some patients have a high tolerance for pain, and still have weakness or instability about the joint. Assuming that your problem is in the knee (and not related to other problems like the nerves, muscles, low back or brain), then you most likely have an old injury such as an ACL or meniscal tear. See you Doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more