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Sudden onset of leg weakness


I have hernations with annular tears at L4-L5 and L5-S1. Over the past few days, I have noticed some slight weakness in my legs that was not present before when walking up the stairs in my home. Today, when I stepped up a curb, my right knee gave out on me completely. I am having a lot of trouble getting up my stairs now and just standing up in general. Both legs feel weak and the muscles feel as if I have had a strenuous workout, in my muscles, knees, and ankles. In the 12 years I have been dealing with my back issues, this is a first for me. I am currently medication free by choice and have been using holistic treatments to manage my symptoms. How significant is this change in symptoms and how urgent is it that I be seen by my doctor?

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  • Hi. When was your last MRI? I've been shocked in the past how fast my spine can change. If you don't have recent diagnostics I'd start there. What you're experiencing is frightening! The problem with going 100% holistic is you miss out on the regular appointments to track your pain & possible deterioration. There are lots of different kinds of procedures & therapies that ou can try not just prescription meds. Do you have an exercise programme?

    I used to be an all natural, diet, exercise, aromatherapy & massage patient. I REALLY gave it all I had. In the end I realized that my 'Blend' needed to include modern medicine. I hope it's just a flare & nothing to worry about but the last thing you want is permanent damage that could of been avoided if treated earlier. Best of luck.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • My last MRI was 3 weeks ago and I had a nerve conduction and EMI study last week. I see my acupuncturist twice a week, PT twice a week, chiropractor 1-2 times a week, and use a combo of extremely high quality essential oils, herbs, vitamins, and a clean diet to manage my pain and inflammation. I called my doc and the want me to get epidural steroid injections as soon as possible to see if it helps alleviate my symptoms. If not, they said they will run more tests to see if the surgery I've been avoiding for over 10 years is finally inevitable.
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