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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: numb foot after 3yr old surgery


 lteberle - Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:33 pm

Hi I am a 37 year old male. 3 years ago I lost muscle and cordination in my right leg. Discectemy helped my leg (its still pretty weak), but I had extreme pain in my low back. Disc fusion of C5-C6, I think, has cured most of it.

My question -I get severe muscle cramps in my legs at night. My back hurts(bearable) most of the time, and now my left foot is numb on top. The numbness does not seem to affect anything, its just numb. Should I be concerned?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:06 pm

User avatar Hi Iteberle,

The numbness of your foot may be related to compression of a nerve at the spinal cord. Your past surgeries potentially have caused some scar tissue to begin to form that may now be pressing on the nerve.

It's probably a good idea to have this evaluated by your doctor. You may need some further imaging of your back like an MRI. This is not imminently dangerous but sometimes the numbness can progress.

Best wishes.

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