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Dr. Bob, Neurologist (MD)
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Experience:  Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience
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Over the past 4 years my left leg has gotten progressive

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Over the past 4 years my left leg has gotten progressive weak and drags. Have problem walking
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. What did your MRIs show?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing just protruded spine
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Have you suffered any trauma to the brain, spinal cord or leg?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I sprang my left ankle November 2011
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Are you in pretty good health otherwise? any diabetes? any meds? any problems in past with alcohol intake? any history of polio as child?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
High blood pressure. Diovan
Hypothyroid. Synthroid
Overweight
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

If your thyroid levels are within normal limits, there should be no problems here. I would suggest that you ask your GP or neurologist for nerve conduction testing (i.e. NCV/EMG) on your lower extremities. This will tell you if you have nerve damage in the leg, how severe it is, and where it is likely coming from.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can stress cause
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Stress would not normally be a cause of leg weakness, though it could make it worse. So can fatigue.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome. Take care of yourself. Follow up with your doctors if you don't get better.

Hope all works out for the best.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
From trying to google I thought maybe I was suffering from functional weakness
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

"Functional" disorders are usually diagnoses of exclusion...when everything else has been ruled out.

It's possible, but you should have the nerve conduction tests to make sure it is not from nerve damage.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dr. Bob,
You have been a big help, thanks, Anne
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome, Anne. Hope all works out for the best for you.

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Did you have any further questions, Anne? Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.