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Leg weakness with slurred speech

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  • Posted By: Sandyb
  • November 2, 2006
  • 10:30 PM

My mother has been experiencing leg weakness (not weak muscles) and exhibits slurred speech on occasion. The symptoms are episodic and she staggers as if drinking, balance is impaired.

She has had many tests and nothing has been detected except minor nerve damage in the lower extremeties. Can anyone shed some light on other causes.

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  • Hello there, I suffer from something similar- weakness in my legs (and less in my arms). I also have my jaw stiffen every now and again and this causes me to speak with difficulty. It is episodic, just like you described. the legs have gotten very weak though and I feel real dizzy at times. I did an MRI of brain and neck and it came back normal, with the exception that I have some exostosis on my C4/C5 in my neck. They do pressure a nerve in the spine and this causes to weaken the signal that the brain sends to the different parts of the body. I would recommend you do an MRI if you haven't done one recently and focus on the neck to see if there is a similar problem (some times disc protrusions of the discs of the spine can cause a similar condition, I was told). I wish you goo luck. I am undergoing therapy at the moment, but it's not helping much. I hope you do feel better. Cheers: Jeneta (e-mail: jenetanenkova@yahoo.com).
    Jeneta 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 00:10 PM
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  • My dad is having sorta of the same symptoms. His began with him shufflling his feet while walking and now he has to have a walker to assist him walking. He has had all the major test MRI, Cat Scan, etc. he recently was reccommed to Emory U. medical facility where a lot of blood work and general review by the doctor. The results of this was a vitamin B-12 deficency and therapy recomended. He has been doing the B-12 and thearpy now for 4 weeks and does not show any improvements. He said he is still having back pain. Hopefully the B-12 will help. Maybe the B-12 will help others also.Terry
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
    • 00:48 PM
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  • You should look up 'Ataxia' on google ;] I think you'll find it intresting.
    the_one 39 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 04:35 AM
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  • i herniated 2 lumbar discs and was referred to a neurologist for severe leg weakness and hyperreflexia, which the assumed came from a pinched nerve. Evoked potentials came back with in range and the let me go.... 3 years later i was diagnosed with narcolepsy with catapletxy. leg weakness and slured speeck are symptoms of narcolepsy, but i am only one person, just keep it in the back of your head and maybe ask your doctor about it.:)
    Sarah Lynn 2 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 11:04 PM
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  • After a year of intermitent double vision, muscle weakeness, difficulty in keeping my neck up, weakness in my arms and slurred speech with every available test performed including CAT Scan, muscle biopsy, and blood work, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. This was in 1979 and since that time, I have learned that there are over 100 different types of myasthenia gravis and it is an elusive disease to diagnose. Ask your doctor to perform a tensilon test for this condition. At the time, all my tests were coming out negative and I was misdiagnosed as being psychosomatic. I know the frustration and difficulty in getting people to believe in you. One thing I learned is that if you feel weakness or have symptoms that are elusive (that come and go), visit the dr. at the end of the day instead of the morning, when you are generally feeling stronger. Good luck everybody.
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