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Weakness in One Lower Leg Checker

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Your Weakness in One Lower Leg May Also be Known as:
Can't move my left calf
Can't move my one calf
Can't move my right calf
Hard to move left calf
Hard to move one calf
Hard to move right calf
Inability to move left calf
Inability to move one calf
Inability to move right calf
Left calf weakness

Top 3 Weakness in One Lower Leg Causes

  1. 1.Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back

    The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. Although people talk about a slipped disk, nothing actually slips out of place. The outer shell of the disk ruptures, and the jelly-like substance bulges out. It may be pressing on a nerve, which is what causes the pain.A slipped disk is more likely to happen due to strain on the back, such as during heavy lifting, and older individuals are at higher risk.

    For treatment of a slipped disk, you should consult with your primary care physician (PCP). Your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination to localize the slipped disk and rule out dangerous complications. Most people do not require surgery for a slipped disk. Treatment involves pain relief with an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol), using heat treatments, and keeping active. It is best to avoid sitting still for long periods. Walking or swimming may help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, moderate back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that gets worse when sitting, leg weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Non - Specific Neck Pain

    Neck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and the disks between the bones. This may not have an identifiable cause.

    Your neck pain looks like it is variation of normal, which does not require any treatment. You can take an over the counter pain medication like Tylenol.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck pain, mild neck pain, pain in the back of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific neck pain:
    neck pain
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific neck pain:
    severe neck pain, neck pain from an injury, fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Pinched Nerve in the Neck

    With age, disks separating the cervical vertebrae (which are the bones of your spine in your neck) lose height as well as lose water content, becoming stiffer. The vertebrae move closer together, and nerves that exit between these bones may be pinched, causing pain to travel down the nerve as it passes through the arm. The pain is usually sharp, and some people report a "pins and needles" sensation or even complete numbness.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Cervical radiculopathy is treated with pain medication, soft neck collars, and physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, pain that radiates down arm, pain in the back of the neck, severe shoulder pain
    Symptoms that always occur with pinched nerve in the neck:
    pain that radiates down arm
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Weakness in One Lower Leg

  • Q.Is your lower leg weakness getting better or worse?
  • Q.How weak does your lower leg feel?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall or car accident)?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our weakness in one lower leg symptom checker.

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Weakness in One Lower Leg Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced weakness in one lower leg have also experienced:

    • 16% Swollen Foot
    • 16% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 16% Tingling Foot
  • People who have experienced weakness in one lower leg had symptoms persist for:

    • 57% Over a Month
    • 14% Two Weeks to a Month
    • 14% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced weakness in one lower leg were most often matched with:

    • 10% Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back
    • 10% Non - Specific Neck Pain
    • 10% Pinched Nerve in the Neck

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