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Up until recently I have had little trouble walking. Recently I have started having trouble getting up from a crouch position and have had to ask for assistance. I am puzzled as to what might be causing this. I recently spent a month in the hospital for a heart valve replacement and my exercise regimen was interrupted. Also I gained some weight which seemed to have increased edema I have in both feet and legs significantly. Could an increase in edema cause weakness in the legs? I am having a MRI just to rule out any other cord related issues.
05-27-2008, 11:53 PM
Edema can cause some weakness but another issue is that severe swelling can throw off your balance and coordination.
05-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Mike I hope you've taken this issue to your heart surgeon? Not sure what all is involved in a valve job, but please don't let it go with just asking here.
Thanks for the suggestion. After my valve surgery I was administered some drugs that gave me a real problem with walking. I worked with my cardiologist to continue reducing the dosage of these drugs and I presently don't appear to have any side effects. I will be seeing him again in two weeks for a follow up and will discuss this weakness issue with him again. Hopefully I will be able to totally get off the medicine.