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Anyone's leg ever give out and you fell? Fell again!

charryccharry Posts: 5,660
I've had weakness from getting up from a crouching position but two days ago my leg from the hip just gave out and I was on the ground. Anyone ever had leg weakness like that? I was able to get up and then had normal strength after but afraid it will happen again.
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN


  • This probably isn't spine related but I've been getting that a few times a year for probably 10 years. If usually happens when I am on my knees and moving around. Suddenly my leg seems like it is out of the socket or my whole hip feels like it is disjointed.

    It isn't really painful but does make me freak out. And in a few seconds it is fine without me really doing anything. I never really persued it since it happens so rarely and has always happened at home.
  • Yep, I've had what sounds like the same thing happen a bunch. I don't know that its relate to the knee's or not. Mine just gives out. I have fallen a few times when it happens. It usually happens on uneven ground, or stairs. I do not do stairs without a handrail or two just for this reason.

    I was shown a couple of things regarding the knees at PT. The major one was not to hyper-extend the leg. The only way I can describe this would be while your standing you would try to make your leg like a pole, or lock the knee. Apparently this is not good for the knees. I pay attention to not doing this when I'm doing deep knee bends to try to strenghten my leg muscles.

    My read on leg muscles is that it doesn't take a long time to get out of shape, from either protecting your back, or lack of use from your back, but boy does it take a long, long time to get them back into shape. I have been working on leg exercises for 4 months and am starting to wonder when I'm going to see the results. Seen very little so far. Walking helps but it doesn't really strenghten the legs all that much.

    Be aware of the fact that you might fall at all times and be ready for it. I actually have not fallen since doing all the leg exercises.

    As usual this is just my experience and I am not a doctor so use this info at your own risk.

    Good luck.

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  • Charry, I just got home from hospital today.. Sunday my legs gave out and had no feeling in them either of them felt like two logs of concrete.. I was told by a family doc that it was from my lumbar which I don't even really have issues with .. but yes I couldnt lift them move them side to side or wiggle my toes nothing.. it was called temp. paralysis since they cant find out what caused mine.. my left leg first came out of it monday right leg took 2 days to come out this morning was finally able to flex my foot up and down. I am having alot of muscle pain and my joints feel like i broke all of them on the wall down on the floor.. I feel 2x in the same night within an hour.. Sat. night my right foot wouldnt flex so i could drive or push gas peddle.. friday night i lost my balance putting clothes in front loader washer and fell against our back door..and almost out the door.. I am sooo p.o. trying to find out what did this and i am stuck to using a walker until we know what happened or caused it for 100%.. would love to hear if anyone else had or has this too.. Thanks Lori..omg. I feel for you and anyone else like us.
  • When this happened all I did was walking in my kitchen to get my meds and go lay down for the evening.. Fell first time then got up only R leg first then sat for an hour decided to go to bed again and walked down hallway and both legs went out i was on wooden floors nothing to trip or slip on.
  • Charry,

    I am not sure if my experience is close to what you experienced. It could be so many things. Before my fusion I was having a lot of problems with Sciatica. I would be walking around just fine and then out of the blue the leg would just totally collapse, and of course, me with it.

    At the time I was working on conservative treatments and also seeing a Chiro. As soon as I reported this to my Chiro he said the gig was up. His opinion was that the nerve was impinged (is that the right word?) so it would just quit sending the signals to the muscles in the leg. He recommended I go see an Ortho .

    I did go see an Ortho and he immediately recommended a fusion. During the fusion they found the L4 nerve was stuck down to the vertebra with scar tissue from a previous surgery and had to be freed up. It was obviously not sending the signals to the muscles in my leg.

    Again that was just my experience and it did not start out as weakness it just went. Your fall could be from any number of things as other posters have already stated. Of course it should go without saying, it would be best to bring it up with your doctor.

    Do keep us posted.
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  • Wow sorry to hear that must've been scary. I hope the Drs find out what's going on. What were the results of you head and neck MRI? or your lumbar? Keep us posted or write a new post and maybe it's happened to someone else and could relate. I'm hoping mine is muscle fatigue or some reaction to the hip injections I had recently. TC. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

  • As you know, my knee gave way the other day as I was coming downstairs. I was holding on to the banister, so managed to stop myself falling.
    I know how scarey it feels - especially as I am recovering from lumbar fusion. I definately don't want to fall down stairs! :SS

    I would advise that you contact your doctor to let him know about your fall. He is the best person to decide what caused it and if anything needs to be done about it.

    Take care, and hold on when using the stairs!
    Hoping that your pain is getting better and better since your injections. :-)
  • The hospital just did xrays of my lumbar and then did an MRI of lumbar the next day. The doc said nothing really had changed from the one I had in May of this year. So he thinks it more neurological. They knew I had issues with my neck and never looked into it didnt even do CT of my head which they knew I hit both times on the floor when I fell. Right now we are trying to get ahold of a Neuro that looks into things like MS and other issues. Will keep you posted. This is different from when I had the sciatic nerve pinched some years ago when my L5-S1 ruptured,that I do know what it feels like. Today I have off and on numbness in my feet and my leg muscles from top to bottom are hurting like they would if you exercised and didnt stretch. I will keep you posted and you do the same on what you find out. Good luck hun :)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,365
    but the everlasting effects of those and other spinal problems have made an impact.

    I know that when I sit for any long period of time, I need to get up slowly and then stand for a while (10-30 seconds) before walking.

    If I try to walk to soon after getting up, my right leg can easily buckle or that I just lost my balance.

    From what my doctors have told me and what my deep tissue person believes, is scar tissue problems and some permanent nerve damage in my leg.

    Nothing is for sure, but I do know how to avoid the problem (most of the time)
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I had my leg go out at work a couple months ago. Thought nothing of it, till tonight for no reason it went out while going down the steps at our house. Twisted my ankle and very painful. Hoping this is not related to lumbar issues. I felt very helpless. Very painful, and yes I was sober. lol
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