I am a 53 year old black male experiencing issues with my legs. This started about 5 days ago. My legs feel week in my quadriceps. I went walking on the trails with my wife and felt like a child. My legs have no strength. What next?
You need to see a neurologist. I am assuming you’ve been diagnosed with MS. If this is the case, the onset of weakness in both legs persisting for more than 5 days is probably caused by an MS relapse involving the spinal cord. A neurologist can confirm if this is the cause of your weakness (there are many other possible causes depending on the circumstances) and determine if you would benefit from treatment with high dose corticosteroids to accelerate your recovery.
If you do not have a known diagnosis of MS, the possible causes of your weakness are too numerous to mention and an evaluation by a neurologist is more urgently required.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego