Heavy, weak, sometimes achy legs
by ginger1252, Jun 24, 2010
My entire legs feel heavy (but not swollen).  They feel like I just ran a marathon and they ache at the same time.  Sometimes I have my good MOMENTS when I feel great and thoroughly enjoy it.  Most of the time when I walk, it also feels like its wearing on my hips; like its a real effort for my hips to bring my legs forward.  It mostly bothers my right hip.  When walking all I can think about is a place to sit down.  It gets to the point most of the time, to where it begins to make my lower back ache.   The weirdest thing about it.....sometimes it will suddenly go away for minutes or hours; but it always come back before the end of the day.     I don't know if this is FM or something worse.
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by ashu0657, Oct 22, 2010
i was bedridden for 4 months due to lung infection.during that time,a nurse gave me injection at the back of left leg due to which my left leg sole had become numb and started i find it difficult to walk and balance on my left has also become weak. can u plz help for this.
by ginger1252, Oct 29, 2010
The injection sounds like it might have been a cortisone shot.  You could have had either Bursitis, a neuropathic problem or possibly a sciatic nerve bothering you.  I have had both and had a cortisone shot in my hip.  It helped for about 5 glorious days and came back again.  It does help some people for a longer time.  Sometimes when people are bedridden for a week or more, can get a numb leg or just toes.  That is due to no movement or exercise. Like I said......if you had a sciatic nerve, which can come from laying in bed too can continue to hurt when up again.  Usually it will go away by itself by moving around or walking.  When I get a sciatic, I usuallly put the heat pad on it.  It will burn sort of, but at least it will leave after awhile.  These are just guess-timations.
by louis682, Oct 29, 2010
may i ask are you a smoker.....vascular problem could cause the heaviness in the legs because it decreases the blood supply to your leg muscles....if not then have you had an MRI done to your lower back if yes and it gave normal result have an EMG done if possible that will reveal the cause
by ginger1252, Oct 30, 2010
I guess another thing it could be is PAD.  Which is Periphrial Arterial Disease.  It means that the blood flow is slowed down into the lower extremeties due to a partial blockage of a clot or plaque buildup.  The major sign is heavy feeling legs and weak feeling.
by 4cat, Mar 30, 2012
I can appreciate that, thank you, however what is the resolution in addition what can this lead to.
by ginger1252, Mar 31, 2012
The PAD can lead to a stroke or heart attack.  The resolution would be, for you to have either a blood thinner medication (depending on the severity), or (I can't remember the medical term) where the surgeon will run a wire with a tiny camera on the tip, up the main artery (they enter thru either the thigh or the groin area) to where the blockage is located. Sometimes it can be lasered to destroy it, (if it is tiny enough) or sometimes on the end of the wire is what they call a stint.  Which is nothing but a tiny wire mesh tube. It is used to open up the exact location of the blockage by forcing the stint to stretch and open up that area of the artery so the blockage can pass through or they destroy it first.  The blockage is formed by way of too much cholesterol in the body that builds up in the walls of the arteries and causes the blockage. If left for it to enlarge through time, then you might would need open heart surgery, which is what they call a heart bypass depending on where the blockage is located.  Talk to your doctor right away.
by Leesy1973, Oct 21, 2014
My legs feel like lead and feel like I am going to fall I seem to lean back. Any ideas!!!!!!