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Whenever I run my legs quit on me. I literally fall down, its like I am paralized. I broke two ribs the last fall. I am 46 years old, male. I was in the Army for eight years and ran everyday. I can jog, but when I run fast I will fall. My legs are ok afterwards though.


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replied November 27th, 2010
Neurological Disorders Answer A17363
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

There is a chance that you have compression of the spinal nerves in the lumbo-sacral spine region. This can happen due to overuse of the lower back as in work requiring too much of bending, lifting weight, fall on the back, overweight, canal stenosis, bone disease, spondylosis, poor posture etc. A MRI of the spine will be definitely required and nerve conduction studies may also be needed.

The treatment is to remove the compression. You have to discuss the best treatment option with a neurologist, which can range from medication to physiotherapy to traction, lumbar belts, lumbar corsets or even surgery. Hope this helps. Take care!



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