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Subject: RE: loss of coordination in leg
Miss Osage County,
I have had two EMG's done. There was no indication that I had denervation of the quads. These tests are very subjective, but as far as I know, this isn't a nerve problem.
I have an annular tear at L5-S1. The tear there would affect the back of my legs more than the quads. I doubt this is the problem since tears like this are common and my just happening to discover it does not mean very much in itself. For all I know I could have had this tear for 10 years. Of course, it is possible that it is causing the muscles in the back of the legs to underperform, which puts more pressure on the quads and hip flexors to work, but this seems far-fetched to me. Like you, I can temporarily, *and I mean very temporarily*, relieve my symptoms by stretching (basically any stretch will help: quads/rectus femoris, adductors, psoas), and almost all my doctors have denied the possibility that this is a bulging disc issue. They haven't been too helpful otherwise, but I need to rely on them for their experience and I take their word in this case.
A Couple of Questions:
1) What part of the quad was dead or fatigued on your friend? For me, my rectus femoris feels tight and weak (even if I do sit-ups and my feet are anchored under something the quads start to go on me) and my vastus medialus feel like there is a weird pressure in that compartment. Also, what are you doing for your labral tear?
2)Have you had any dopler vascular tests done? These would show blood flow deficiencies. What about a muscle biopsy? A muscle biopsy would show muscle dysfunction at the cellular level, possibly a result of over training. I don't know I believe in the idea of over-training, but if everything else is ruled out, then I'm open to getting my muscle cells tested.
3)Have you looked into polymyalgia? I was tipped off to this problem recently. It usually goes away after 2-4 years, so this might not be your problem, but also worth looking into.
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