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Dr. Reza Karimi Dr. Karimi
Neurosurgery
12 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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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.

Dr. Marcel Hungs
792 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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I have muscle weakness in my right leg below my knee to my ankle. I fall alot and no longer have the ability to walk a straight line.

I have muscle weakness in my right leg below my knee to my ankle. I fall alot and no longer have the ability to walk a straight line.

Visit a neurologist: And have Emg/NCV studies performed. It almost sounds like you may have a dropfoot. I would recommend intense physical therapy and if still having an issue you can be fitted with an ankle foot orthotic which hopefully would prevent further falling.

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Dr. Marcel Hungs Dr. Hungs
Neurology
22 years in practice
Rheinisch-Westfalische Technical Academy at Aachen
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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.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Thomas Duffy Dr. Duffy
Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
28 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Kevin Watson Dr. Watson
Orthopedic Surgery
15 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Can osteopenia cause muscle weakness in your arms and legs?

Can osteopenia cause muscle weakness in your arms and legs?

No.: Osteopenia is simply softening of the bones. It is not painful and does not affect the muscles.

Dr. Alon Seifan Dr. Seifan
Neurology
9 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dennis Giannini Dr. Giannini
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
32 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Muscle twitches muscle weakness in hands legs and feet, what to do?

Muscle twitches muscle weakness in hands legs and feet, what to do?

See your doctor: See your doctor. Many possibilities. Need examination and blood work.

Dr. Morton Levitt Dr. Levitt
Pathology
45 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Brian Siegel Dr. Siegel
Pain Management
25 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Olivia Liao Dr. Liao
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can a pinched spinal cord in the neck cause muscle weakness and astrophy on your whole arm and leg muscle. Can a pinch back spinal cause same.

Can a pinched spinal cord in the neck cause muscle weakness and astrophy on your whole arm and leg muscle. Can a pinch back spinal cause same.

To involve the leg: There would have to be spinal cord involvement or a second lesion below the cervical level. If you develop increased tone and reflexes to go along with weakness and atrophy the problem may be further upstream (eg stroke). If the issue is "where is the lesion? " the answer may need to come from a neurologist. That's a big part of what we do.

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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. Hamid Sajjadi
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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