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Weakness and unsteadiness in legs - progressivley getting

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Weakness and unsteadiness in legs - progressivley getting worse
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry to hear that you are having weakness and unsteadiness in your legs.

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have you seen your doctor about this? you might need a neurological exam and MRI scan of the brain.

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are you able to do any physical therapy?

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have you been loosing weight?

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if you are loosing weight, you could be loosing muscle.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 years ago.
Hello from JA
You need to see a doctor immediately.
This can be Guillaine Barre, an autoimmune progressive neuropathy.
It could be a myositis but this is less likely.

IT sould be lower spine disease.

The progression is what is a major concern.

Go into the ER today.

Let me know if you have further questions.

Please don't forget a positive rating.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 years ago.
This is Dr. David

having Guillain Barre present at age 85 would be very very unlikely. the chances of this being Guillain Barre syndrome is about 4 out of 100,000 patients.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillain%E2%80%93Barr%C3%A9_syndrome#Epidemiology

Guillain Barre is a type of autoimmune neurological disorder.

when patients have weakness in their legs. there are much more common issues which must be looked at first including poor circulation, muscle atrophy, deconditioning, nerve compression causing lack of innervation of the legs.

only once these more common causes are looked at and ruled out then the more rare conditions such as the autoimmune neurological disorders are looked into with muscle and nerve biopsies and other evaluations.