Last reply 1 month ago
Weak legs

Hi I am Sarah.

Diagnosed with ms in 2012.

Over the past few weeks I seem to have got really weak legs that has starting going heavy and giving way after about 5 minutes of walking.
I was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best way to tackle this as I want to be able to live my normal life.


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1 month ago

i just keep trying to move around my legs feel weak, I brought a bike trike and that as really helped my legs to get stronger, at the moment my muscles in my legs are really tight just another joy of ms!

1 month ago

When I get moving a lot of morning pins and needles are reduced
When my legs feel heavy and I start to buckle at times when walking I use a cane .
When I feel sad I want to talk to others with MS

1 month ago

@sarah12 , it could be the weather. When the temperature rises, MSers can start wilting. We have to concentrate on our cooling to counteract.

If this is a new symptom to you, then contact your MS Nurse to discuss.

1 month ago

Thank you for your reply’s.

@carroyl do you find a cane helps a lot as this is something I could use? And I agree it’s nice to speak with other people who have this as people without it don’t full understand

@stumbler this has been going on for some time now so I wouldn’t say it’s the weather.
I have spoke to my nurse and she says just walk as far as I can and that’s that but I don’t think they understand I can not go far. Don’t get me wrong it’s even worse in hot weather but it’s still as bad in cold weather.

1 month ago

I replied the same to a similar thread. I also had a weak left leg after my last relapse. Got much better after the 5 days on corticoids in the hospital but still felt the weakness. What I have been doing since then is… first walk and walk and then run and then run larger distances and while I still feel that the left leg tires faster than the right one, I keep running and I keep getting better and stronger.

I might be wrong but I think that giving up because the weakness or pain is what really makes us feeling worse, as we get into a downwards spiral where you feel weak, so you don’t exercise so you feel weaker etc. Fighting against the numbness, weakness, etc is what makes us stronger.

Do not let MS beat you, and even if you feel it’s beating you, at least fight so it will be much slower than “it” wants and slowing it down also means we are partially winning the battle.

1 month ago

My issue with walking is primarily tied into my right hip and with foot drop on the right…could be the foot drop and weakness resulted in the hip failure over time. Need to watch that you don’t press on without a balanced gait and cause permanent damage as I may have ;-(

In recovering from the hip replacement I got a stationary bike I could set up in front of the TV in an exercise space. I make sure and use that on the front end of my workout time so loosen up and strengthen my legs without the fear of falling. I think that helps and then exercise doing things like squats (with as much weight as I can tolerate) and anything else to strengthen using resistance bands, etc.

I can make it about 30 minutes before the right leg just wants to quit and foot drop becomes worse. I just try to do as much as I can each day so that time doesn’t shrink and I keep a walking stick with me (more like a hiking stick than a cane) in case I start to lose my balance and feel wobbly.

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