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Increasingly weak legs

Answered on February 25, 2014
Created February 22, 2014 at 5:55 AM

HI all,

Over the past year I've noticed my legs becoming increasingly weak when, say, walking up stairs or up a hill, to the point that I feel a bit puffed and tired when I get to the top. I'm not unfit and my leg muscles are strong, I can do squats fine.

I started GAPS/paleo a bit over a month ago now. Many of my digestive symptoms have improved but my weak legs have become worse. Anyone have any idea what's going on? My functional medicine doc has suggested a whole lot of blood tests that I'm yet to do and next week I'll ask my chiro/kinesiologist if he can figure it out.

According to a traditional Chinese medicine doctor last year and more recently my chiro, my liver has been having a bit of a hard time (not sure why, I don't don't drink alcohol and prior to paleo was not eating a lot of fat/meat/dairy). I thought I'd read somewhere about a connection between liver health and lower extremity strength/weakness. But really I'm stumped. Curious if any of you have any idea as to what might be going on.

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:12 AM

Thank you! That's something I will indeed mention to my doc.

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:12 AM

That makes a lot of sense! Thanks. I have started to cut back a bit on fat (starting GAPS/paleo was a real jump in the deep end of fat for me considering what I'd been eating prior) and have a bit more carbs. My stomach feels better but no difference in the legs yet.

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:08 AM

You may be right. I've checked with my functional doc and she's suggested I modify GAPS. Will see if that changes anything. Thanks :)

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:07 AM

Oh I will, just wanted to put it out there to see if anyone had any insight :)

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:08 PM

How are you with minerals? Could you try supplementing magnesium, potassium, selenium, and the like?

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:18 AM

I really appreciate all these answers! Today I had a whole lot of blood tests done, yet to get results, and I saw my chiro who said he could identify a nerve related reason for it and was able to increase the strength in my legs by doing fiddly chiro things. Although that change didn't last. He also said it may not be the only cause. Otherwise I'm feeling really good, which is great :D Am hopeful I'll sort this out. Will be most curious to find out what it is!

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on February 23, 2014
at 01:08 PM

Hi, consider that you have a DVT. The weakness and aerobic issues you're having could be symptoms; if you think this could be the case, I urge you to seek attention of a doctor and ask to be referred for a dopplar ultrasound...

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:12 AM

Thank you! That's something I will indeed mention to my doc.

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on February 22, 2014
at 11:45 PM

When I had weak leg issues from liver problems, minimizing environmental toxins (getting away from places with perfumes/smoke/car fumes/plastic fumes/etc., using plain soap for everything, etc.) made the biggest impact. Also, eating a lot of fat may put more stress on the liver if it's already inflamed and/or dealing with a lot. I normally eat high fat, but when my liver was overloaded I temporarily cut back a little.

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:12 AM

That makes a lot of sense! Thanks. I have started to cut back a bit on fat (starting GAPS/paleo was a real jump in the deep end of fat for me considering what I'd been eating prior) and have a bit more carbs. My stomach feels better but no difference in the legs yet.

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on February 22, 2014
at 07:57 PM

This may sound daft, but I wonder if you are simply not eating enough? I suffered from an eating disorder for a little under 10 years, and I know that I could tell I wasn't quite eating enough (which I aimed for, to be "safe") as I wouldn't necessarily be hungry and I could function but I would feel very drained by things like climbing stairs or walking up steep hills. I wouldn't necessarily be losing weight btw...

Another reason i bring this up is because GAPs is rather restrictive, many people lose weight/ fail to eat enough on it.

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:08 AM

You may be right. I've checked with my functional doc and she's suggested I modify GAPS. Will see if that changes anything. Thanks :)

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on February 22, 2014
at 05:40 PM

Honestly, this sounds way outside the realm of most users on this forum including myself. If it was me, I'd be getting the blood tests done and following up with my doctor.

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on February 25, 2014
at 10:07 AM

Oh I will, just wanted to put it out there to see if anyone had any insight :)

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