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Leg weakness

Also known as Lower Extremity Weakness

Leg weakness is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What causes it?

The most common causes of leg weakness are spinal stenosis, stroke, and chronic back pain. Other possible causes, such as lumbago, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with leg weakness often receive radiographic imaging procedure, hematologic tests, complete blood count, plain x-ray, glucose measurement, magnetic resonance imaging, electrocardiogram and electrolytes panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with leg weakness include glatiramer (copaxone), azathioprine, modafinil (provigil), riluzole, carbidopa / entacapone / levodopa, chondroitin, diclofenac / misoprostol, interferon beta-1a (avonex), megestrol (megace), calcium hydroxide topical, amikacin, castor oil (purge) and creatine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for leg weakness include age 75+ years age 60-74 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get leg weakness.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.6x
5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.7x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
1.5x
75+ years
2.7x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
0.6x
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