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Calf and Hamstring Atrophe

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  • Posted By: stevefig3
  • August 22, 2007
  • 09:11 PM

Hey guys, I finally did something useful with all the time I spend online and came across this site in search of answers to a problem I've had for about 14 years. My legs. I'm now 28 and I just kinda gave up on finding an answer as to why one day my legs just got really weak. As a kid I played JV football, I ran, I skateboarded, biked, and I was pretty powerful. Then my legs got weak so I all I could do was powerlift as my upper body could take the brunt of the abuse.

My calves now are just slim as can be. My hamstrings are pretty weak. my quads for some reason retained a reasonable amounth of strength so I can walk around pretty much ok. I was kinda a poor kid so I didn't have insurance and the doctors I saw didn't really listen to what I was saying I guess.

Now I'd like some direction in how to at least get an official diagnosis, maybe even a cure for whatever is causing my legs to be this weak. So if anyone can chime and feel free to ask questions. Anything that'll lead me in the right direction is ok.

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  • Have you seen a rheumatologist to see if it is some kind of muscle degenerative condition? Maybe a trip to see a podiatrist could shed some light on this
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2007
    • 04:37 PM
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  • hey sort of sounds like me..... i am 28 too.... when i am sitting for a long time i cant like walk right away..... or when going up stairs..... i have to go like slowly or give my muscles time to adjust to climbing stairs or something..... i dont know what i have but maybe it is steinert's or thomsens... i read about them on the internet... but they seemed too severe for what i have,, i dont know... have you found anything yet on what you have>?
    julie obeid 12 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 06:17 PM
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  • Hi Steve i think you are probably suffering from some kind of neurological condition some of the nerves that control both hamstrings and calves exit from the S1 and S2 level and i think symptoms like yours are pretty common, have you ever injured your sacrum this is the bone in between the 2 pelvic bones at the back of your pelvis. i would ask a doctor to refer you to a neurologist but you might want to slap the doctor first so he listens to you:)
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