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  • jayd10033
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    I’ve had left sided calf aching, with some pins and needles down lower leg for several months. This started following a microdiscectomy on L4-5 with resolved (I hope!) discitis in March/April.

    I am currently suffering from herniated discs at C5-6,C6-7 which is causing left sided arm weakness. Could these discs in any way also be contributing to left-sided calf ache/neuralgia?

    I have read conflicting things about whether C-spine issues can cause lower extremity pain.

    Thanks,

    jayd10033
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    I should clarify, I don’t know exactly when the calf pain started, but I believe it is closer to the onset of c spine issues (after them) than to the resolution of the discitis. Was just giving you the full history.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Cervical nerve root compression cannot cause leg symptoms unless the spinal cord is also significantly compressed. Even spinal cord compression typically does not cause pain in the legs. I would suspect problems in the lumbar spine.

    Dr. Corenman

    jayd10033
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    This may be a TOTAL coincidence or the result of anesthesia still in my system – but my calf pain (which was present for months) has been gone since yesterday after the C5-7 TDR.

    Will see if it returns.

    jayd10033
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    Ignore :) seems was transient. Still present.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    A TDR (ADR) in the cervical spine should not relieve leg symptoms. Pain medications you are on however will temporarily relieve leg pain after surgery.

    Dr. Corenman

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