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Paralyzed after stroke. Severe pain in the leg. Cause?

My 80 yr old MIL who stays w/us on & off had a stroke over 10+ yrs. ago. She is paralyzed on her left side. As of the last week or 10 days she can hardly walk & she says her left leg feel like "lead". Every once in a while she will have pain shooting thru it, like a muscle cramp. She use to ride her stationary bike to keep her legs active. But now, she can barely get 2 steps. What can cause this? Can you help?

Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

There are two possibilities:

1. Recurrence of stroke- this can lead to increased weakness and difficulty in walking,

2. Stiffness and spasticity, which can occur in old strokes, causing pain, cramps and weakness.

Please take the help of physiotherapists for exercises. A repeat CT scan may be helpful in excluding a new stroke.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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