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.
The most common causes of leg weakness are spinal stenosis, stroke, and chronic back pain. Other possible causes, such as lumbago, are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with leg weakness, 59% report having leg pain, 46% report having arm weakness, and 42% report having back pain.
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 .
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 .
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.