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  • Battista85
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    Hello doctor. Last I spoke to you back in April I was recovering from a microdiscectomy and was fearful I had reherniated. Well, turns out I did,had cauda equina, and had emergency surgery. Fast forward to June when my pain did not approve at all and I had a subsequent spinal fusion. All at the L5-S1 level. I now have foot drop, which came on acutely right before the 3rd surgery.

    Recovery since hasn’t been bad. Foot drop has approved a lot. However, over the last month or so everytime I sit my feet would turn a deep purple. Eventually, this started to cause a mild burning pain. That pain has become more constant, whether I’m sitting or not, though the color change still only happens when sitting. I haven’t noticed any motor weakness with these new symptoms but the pain does make me less than enthused at staying in motion, which I know isn’t the best.

    I’ve had subsequent MRIs which apparently didn’t show anything of note but clearly something is up and I can only think it’s related to my back. Any idea what this can be? Thanks in advance

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    This color change associated with slight burning could be a mild case of CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) which previously named “RSD”. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-crps-reflex-sympathetic-dystrophy-rsd-causalgia-neck/

    This also could be some residual from the cauda equina syndrome.

    Dr. Corenman

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