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Hi Dr. Corenman,

I was wondering if you could shed some light on one of my symptoms. When I’m getting up from laying down on the couch, getting out of the car, or trying to get out of bed, my left leg will lock up. I have to reposition myself and sometimes i have to call for my husband to help move me or use a cane for assistance. These severe episodes of muscle tightness also result in a pronounced limp when I walk. Sometimes I can walk normal, but then other times I have a very severe limp and can barely walk.

I am scheduled to have a redo discectomy surgery in a few weeks, but in the meantime I am wondering what exactly is causing this issue? Is it the way I’m lying down or sitting which is putting too much pressure on the L5 nerve root and causing severe compression? Is it that severe compression that causes my leg to “lock up”? Have you come across something like this before?

Also, would a severe limp like this classify as weakness?

Look forward to hearing back from you.