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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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I have been unsteady on my legs for a little while specially

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I have been unsteady on my legs for a little while specially after a short walk.Last time I was so unsteady after a 20 min walk that my legs gave away and I fell Over.It happened again last week.I have been told my legs were shaking a lot when I fell over.Very worried...can you help?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--how long has this been going on and are you saying that your legs are weak or is this more of a balance problem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I became aware of it last october. I thinks the legs are weak and become shaky after a short..20-30min walk

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Shiraz--do you have any other medical conditions and did your doctor run any blood work or other studies? Any problems like this with your arms?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Had a heart attack 3 yrs ago..have 3 stents in my heart .have moderately high BP...border line diabetes and ET..essential thrombocythemia

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
And did your doctor, say, get any studies for this like MRI's? And he had no idea what the problem is?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He has no idea what the problem is.Has referred me to a neurologist

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK--Shiraz--just one more question that I asked before--any problems like this with your arms too?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No problems with my arms....I wonder if its PAD...peripheral arterial disease ?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Well, then--one more question--any muscle pain in your legs associated with this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No pain

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Then it isn't PAD Shiraz. It sounds as though there could be two possibilities here. I would get an MRI of both your brain and your spine to check for these. Most likely this is from a spine problem like spinal stenosis or a disk problem--either a narrowing of the canal that the spinal cord passes through, or a disk that is pressing on the cord. Less likely but I have to mention it would be Parkinson's disease. Hopefully the neurologist will check for all of this and find which disorder is causing your problem
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