Unable to raise legs when laying flat

Morning all, I went to PIP assessment yesterday and during physical exam the lady asked me to lay flat on the examination table . She asked me to raise each leg as far as I could before pain,I could only lift a few inches on each leg but not painful just that is all I could manage . Does anyone else have this problem ?

Thanks

Butterfly72

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  • Hello butterfly 72

    I think she assessing you muscle strength in your quadriceps ( which are muscles at top of you thigh ) did she ask you to bring your feet to point up well towards you ? That makes leg raises easier .

    I find it very difficult and I'm 43 but it because of my reduced mobility

    Maybe this will help you

    I hope it does

    Nice to meet you butterfly72

    Must be a very worrying time for you im dreading that envelope for pip dropping through my letterbox!!

    Take cake

    Love Squeák 🐷🐭xxxx

  • Thanks Squeak, I am coming up to 43 in May and it knocks you off your feet this fibro. My thigh muscles have been very painful and cramps of late , walking more difficult to point of using walking stick, so I suppose it makes sense. But also feel tugging in the lower back when I lift legs aswell, does this happen to you ?

    AnnMarie

  • Hello Ann Marie

    I just tried to SLR ( what the PHYSIO call straight leg raise ) I pointed my toes towards me and ooooooooooouuuucccchhhhhh the muscle etc did not like it at all manage about 2 inches but in pain. No it did nt pull on my back but FIBRO is so strange it hurts in different places every day .

    Do you have a back problem ?

    My walking stick stayed in the laundry basket for a good 3 months but I find my stick ( mick the stick ) helps no end it now like he's part of me although I still am very conscious of looks other people give me

    Also just a thought a lot of people with Fibro suffer with restless leg syndrome it may be worth talking to Gp about the problems you having or be referred to pain clinic but think you should mention all the problems your having to a healthcare professional, even if it's to just document the changes in you .

    Take care

    Love Squeák 🐷🐭xx

  • Hi squeak, have you thought of customising your stick to make it more personal to you?

    I bought some sticky back butterflys from the pound shop and stuck them all over my stick, then wrapped clear tape round to protect them.

    Now i like to see them do a double take.

    I had decided that if i had to use it at least i could make it pretty.

    Hugs sue xx

  • Great idea sue

    I'm a dotty person yes I'm sure you all know that

    I mean I love spotty things so yes urm I could do that maybe ha ha fun to try anyway

    Love squeák 🐷🐭

  • My hubby has drawn the line when it comes to butterflys on my Wheelchair. :O

    I was only joking but the look of sheer panic on his face was priceless, :P :D

    Hugs sue

  • I discovered that i couldnt lift my legs more that a couple of inches when i went to see a rumatologist.

    It wasnt a surprise as the apparent weight of my legs stop me from walking more then a few feet without support.

    Because of this i was awarded enhanced rate mobility.

    Good luck its a worrying time.

    Sue x

  • Thanks for your reply Sue, I am only two and half years into this crazy fibro and so many things have changed already. Having the chance to talk to others and find this is what others experience is somehow reassuring.

    Thanks

    Ann-Marie

  • I am so sorry to read that you experiened this, and I genuinely hope that it did not upset you as it can come as a shock if you are not expecting this to happen?

    I have had a similar problem but I do physiotherapy to try and help alleviate the problem.

    I want to genuinely wish you all the best

    Ken.

  • Thanks for your reply Ken, I was wondering if your physio told you why this happens.

    Ann-Marie

  • She said to me that it was due to muscle weakness caused by my Fibro but she did not elaborate.

    Ken

  • I think i have read that it is oxygen deprivation that causes it and that our muscles are not converting oxygen into energy.

    pinterest.com/pin/484207397...

    You may find this interesting.

  • Thanks for the link sue, really interesting as I had not heard of this before.

    Take care

    Ken x

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