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Rachel B. Show full post »
Rachel my dad is 91 too. I am very worried about him also. He has always been independent . He has a lady friend that stays with him. But all day he is mostly alone. Always sitting in his recliner covered up to his neck. He has really been complaining about his legs .thinking about seeing a neurologist.. He and his lady friend dances often and lately he can't. When he is not dancing I know something is bad wrong. I read all of your messages and will really mention all to his doctor! Good luck with your dad
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Peggy touchet, 

BC here. I first answered this post in 2009. Thanks for bringing it back up. I am more curious and concerned about unexplained leg weakness now than ever. My DH became to stumble occasionally and seem to not know exactly where his feet were placed when he was 60 about 4 years ago. He got progressively worse and it was happening fast. Within a few months he went from walking freely, to a cane, and then a walker. THEN a chiropractor asked him how long he had been taking statin drugs for cholesterol and suggested he talk to his PCP about taking a medication vacation.. right..Hubby stopped that day and has not gotten worse since. Sad to say he also hasn't improved.

From the time this began, he has seen two different neurologists (one was a movement disorder specialist) had CTs, MRIs and lab work testing all the basics, tests for Lyme's, infections, auto immune diseases, and even syphilis  and they found NOTHING but continue to consider his experience with stopping the statin drugs to be anecdotal.

We think it is a lot more than coincidence. This article published in the UK last spring summarizing  the  work of doctors Chand and Huang who investigated a link between parkinson's like symptoms and long term statin use.

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/562600/Parkinsons-link-statins-mass-use-drug-risk-thousands-developing-nerve-disease

For a brief time, Doctors thought there might be a benefit to statins for Parkinson's patients but that has been debunked.

 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289752.php

It is alarming to me that research has shown such a link since 2009 and it is still being dismissed. 

https://nwpf.org/stay-informed/news/2009/09/statin-drugs-and-parkinson%E2%80%99s-disease-oops%E2%80%A6/

If your father has been on cholesterol controlling drugs for any length of time I urge you to talk to his doc and see if it is OK to stop for a while.. I he has active heart disease, has stents or has had heart attacks, it may not be OK at all. but if it is just about the numbers, please see if taking a break may help. My husband has too much nerve damage now to be reversed it would seem. Docs still don't admit this link in this country but I would be willing to bet within the year they will sing another tune. 




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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289752.php

is it clickable now?
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joan wrote:
My Dad has been having progressive leg weakness for several months.  He had a thorough work-up through his doctor just 2 weeks ago, including an MRI of the spine, check of medications, muscle enzymes, and ruled out infection.  At that point they just said "move around more", but he's gotten worse & tonight my sister couldn't get him up, so they're now at the ER.  He is diabetic, but that seems to be under good control.  We're puzzled, & at this point have no idea what else might be looked at (the progression seems relatively fast). 
 
Just wondering if any of you have had similar experiences, & if so what was found?  (It seems vague to search Web MD for "leg weakness", and I think you all know more!)  Thanks for any input.
 
Rachel B. ]
since you mentioned diabetic, you should read up on PAD, Peripheral artery disease.

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Rachael sounds familiar. Have you found out anything ?
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Rachel B. wrote:
My Dad has been having progressive leg weakness for several months.  He had a thorough work-up through his doctor just 2 weeks ago, including an MRI of the spine, check of medications, muscle enzymes, and ruled out infection.  At that point they just said "move around more", but he's gotten worse & tonight my sister couldn't get him up, so they're now at the ER.  He is diabetic, but that seems to be under good control.  We're puzzled, & at this point have no idea what else might be looked at (the progression seems relatively fast). 
 
Just wondering if any of you have had similar experiences, & if so what was found?  (It seems vague to search Web MD for "leg weakness", and I think you all know more!)  Thanks for any input.
 
Rachel B. 
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I started stretching, calf raises, thrusts along with other exercises and my legs are sore but do not have the wobbly any more.
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Hi
Please get your father checked for gbs syndrome
My father had same problem and his symptoms were same as your fathers
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 My dad is 92 and was active until a stroke a year and a half ago. Since the he has lost mom and he just seems to have given up. I dont know if there are other pains that push him to just sit in his comfy chair all day. he has refused exercise and PT since his stroke and refused to do any rehab. I have suggested and preached that he needs exercise. 

As we slow down our muscles etc start going, which makes it harder to move so we dont want to move. Its a vicious circle which ends up with bad balance, no strength and a myriad of troubles. I'm afraid my dad doesnt care that if he keeps going this way he wont be able to walk. 

Personally, I left a job where I was on my feet all day and initiated studies for a new career. So i'm not getting much exercise and I feel it in my legs if I dont workout. just trying to get to the point of making gains and it's tough...so i understand. But find that point where is not too much and just push a little. 

My dad thinks he knows better than anyone and refuses exercise and refuses to go to the doctor. he sadly has created his own issues and I fear they are about to haunt him. he cant afford inhome help and im not nearly strong enough to help him. guess we will see.
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