How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr Brims Your Own Question

Dr Brims
Dr Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 9161
Experience:  MD
14307416
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr Brims is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My legs feel as though they are very weak---like rubber. I

Customer Question

My legs feel as though they are very weak---like rubber. I just had arthriscopic knee surgery, however this problem was bothering me prior to the surgery. I also have numbness in my feet (toe area) and recently saw a podiatrist; he indicated it could be from cholesterol meds. I have stopped those (advised by my physician's nurse), but it hasn't subsided. Within the last couple of days, I am feeling a slight tremor in my hands.
This continues to bother me.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Brims replied 4 years ago.
Chat Conversation Started
Dr B :

Hello

Dr B :

is your primary doctor aware of these problems?

Customer :

have had recent physicals and, yes, I have informed him----first began while playing tennis some time ago

Dr B :

I see, any pain or swelling in your legs?

Customer :

only the knee area that just had the surgical procedure----other knee is to be done as well

Customer :

can't really say that legs are "weak" just tired---as though I've run 20 miles after doing any activity---feel as though I can hardly wait to sit

Dr B :

Have you had any doppler ultrasounds of your legs to evaluate your arterial blood supply, or an angiogram?

Customer :

yes for circulation---no indication of a problem I was considering regular muscular therapy/massage; do you feel that would help?

Dr B :

A massage will not likely help the weakness.have you started physical therapy?

Customer :

-have completed all suggested sessions; this problem was existing prior to the knee surgery I do have scores from a calcium test (over 400) dr. has suggested a stress test, but I don't know if I can do that with my knee current condition----could this problem be heart related?

Dr B :

It is unlikely to be heart related if it is just your legs that are weak

Dr B :

Have you had a CT scan of your spine?

Customer :

no would that just show nerve damage or ????

Dr B :

If you have any type of nerve compression, then it can lead to loss of nerve supply to the muscles in your legs, which may lead to weakness

Customer :

this sounds strange, but the description would be that my legs are strong, but tired---not weak

Dr B :

I think you will benefit from a Ct scan of your lumbar and sacral spine, and possibly an MRI as well

Customer :

have had MRI of both knees-but not of spine

Customer :

were that the case, is there medication for nerve compression

Dr B :

No, there is no medicine, only surgery

Customer :

spinal surgery?

Dr B :

Yes, spinal surgery

Dr B :

It may also be due to an electrolyte abnormality, but I assume they would have checked those before your surgery

Customer :

is there a chance it would ever correct with physical therapy? when I say massage, I am referencing therapuetic or dare I mention a chiropractor to a medical doctor?

Customer :

which of the lab test would indicate electrolyte abnormality?

Dr B :

A complete metabolic profile will show any electrolyte abnormality

Dr B :

If it is spinal cord compression it will only be rectified with surgery, some nerve compression can be improved upon with physical therapy

Customer :

I have in front of me my last 14 Panel Metabolic Lab Comp. What should I view to indicate a possible elec. abnorm.?

Dr B :

It has your electrolytes on it

Dr B :

I don't advise you to try a chiropractor again

Customer :

Oh, I haven't

Customer :

I see glucose---BUN---creatinine serum---eGFR---Sodium, Serum---potassium serum----chloride, serum----carbon diox. total---globulin total---ast---alt---alkaline phos. A/G ratio---calcium---protein---billirubin and several other listings---all are within normal range except gluose (102) and hemoglobin A1c 5.6 (4.8-5.6%) and of course, the chol/hdl ratio

Dr B :

This means your electrolytes are normal

Dr B :

Do you have any other questions you would like me to answer?

Customer :

ok ---well it sounds as though a non invasive approach (physical therapy) should be the first choice---but you don't think it's heart blockage related?

Dr B :

No, I don't think it is related to heart blockage

Customer :

I suppose I needed to stay away from pounding the tennis courts

Dr B :

We don't know that for sure.I think you should have the CT scan of your spine before concluding anything

Customer :

ok --- I'll suggest that to my physician---thank you

Dr B :

You're welcome

Dr B :

let me know if you have more questions or concerns,
if you are satisfied, please click ACCEPT

Dr Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 9161
Experience: MD
Dr Brims and 7 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions

Chat Now With A Doctor
Dr Brims
Dr Brims
Doctor
9161 Satisfied Customers
MD