Ask The Expert
May 15, 2013
I often suggest trying home remedies or exercise for many health issues ó then calling your doctor if they donít work. But this is not one of those situations. Your symptoms could be caused by a serious condition. You need to contact your doctor.
Youíre right: Mineral deficiencies, particularly not having enough magnesium, potassium and phosphate, can cause muscle weakness. But before you start treating yourself with magnesium or any other mineral, you should ask your doctor to check your levels. That can be done with a simple blood test.
There are two fairly common, but potentially serious, conditions that can cause the kind of leg weakness youíve described.
But both peripheral artery disease and spinal stenosis usually cause leg pain. And you donít mention pain. People with diabetes are more likely to develop arterial blockage with little or no pain. So if you have diabetes, this is even a greater reason to see your doctor.