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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

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    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

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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