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  • Reemizzle
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    Hi Dr. Corenman,

    I’m writing to you for my friend- who suffers back pain a lot, and due to the back pain- his whole right leg gets numb and he can’t feel his right leg. The back pain is severe, and he suffers from this often. When he visited an orthopedic, the doctor said that its probably a lumbar herniated disc. But only an MRI will make it clear.

    My friend is worried that he might have to do surgery, and he’s scared that the outcome might not be a good one. Also, is there any clear indicators that this is not spine cancer, because thats another thing he’s worried about. That it might not be a lumbar herniated disc, but spine cancer. As he’s googled a lot, and the symptoms for spine cancer says numbness in the legs and severe back pain.

    We would greatly appreciate your help!
    Hope to hear back from you soon!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The chance of cancer causing your friends symptoms is very remote. I see about 1100 new patients a year and only two to three have cancer so you can see the odds of cancer are very low.

    Pain and numbness in the legs is generally not related to cancer but to nerve compression. The MRI will answer a lot of your questions.

    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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