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Numb leg... it's a heater

saltzworksssaltzworks Posts: 1,031
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Okay, something I have noticed that I think is really weird, and I guess I'm hoping that by talking to you all, I can be told that I am not the only one:

I've noticed that my right leg, the numb one is always very warm. It's a regular heater.

My left leg and toes can be freezing and all I have to do is put it against the right leg and it's nice and toasty.

Weird? Normal? Anyone?

Oh, and I know it's not a bloodclot. I know the nurse was curious about the pain/cramp feeling in the calf of my right leg and she freaked when I told her that the leg was warm to the touch along with the hurting. I've just come back from a Dr. ordered ultrasound to check.

I was actually proud of my pain there, I was thinking it was good news, that maybe my leg is coming back. The skin is still numb, but it's something that I can feel pain, isn't it?


  • that would be some good news im keeping fingers crossed,how long ago was either of your surgeries?
    my right leg and right arm are more numb then the left and they seem colder then the left side
  • Saltzy, have you had a third party check this phenomenon? Does it feel warmer to someone else as well :) ?
  • Paul - Good idea on the temperature - I have a thermometer that you just lay on the skin. I'll check it out.

    Patsy - I'm just 3 weeks post op today (3 weeks 2 days since the first one and 3 weeks today since the second one)

    Cali - I have had my daughter notice, she rubbed against my leg and immediately pulled away, saying 'Oh, you're hot there mom' - she rubbed the skin on my right leg with her hand to double check it and to point out where I was hot.

    Even right now I am warming up my cold left toes against my right toes. The A/C is cranked up and while my whole body is slightly chilled with my toes being the coldest, my right leg and toes are just warm as warm.

    Off to grab that temp. gage.... hold on a sec.

  • Not the best temperature gage, but...

    I get the color change up to 96 degrees on my calf on the right, but can't get a reading or any color change at all on the left.

    Hmmm, definitely a question to ask the doc tomorrow
  • it will be very interesting to hear what he says.
  • I will for sure post and let everyone know. Not that I expect any answers from him. I get most of my answers here ;)
  • Dont forget to post and tell us what he says. Ive never heard of something like that before.

    Christina :)
  • So I am a total dork.

    I FORGOT to ask!! I'm really beating myself up over this.


    I just feel it's stupid to call tomorrow and ask about, but I don't think I can wait 6 weeks to see if this is normal or what?

    Curiosity and the cat I guess. I'm sure I'll cave and call anyway.
  • I too have one leg that is warmer than the other. I don't feel touch temperature with it on the outside, but inside it is warm. If I were to put an ice pack or heating pad on it, I wouldn't feel it. however, touching that leg with a body part that actually works normally, lol, there is a difference in temperature of maybe 3-4 degrees. Just something strange I have learned to live with. Occasionally it changes to being freezing cold though. Seems it can't make up its mind. I prefer when it is warm over cold. It hurts more when it is cold. I hope this helps you to know you are not alone, but I wish I knew what to tell you to make it stop. When you discuss this with your doctor, let me know what he says.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Just be sure! They need to make sure that there isn't any infection in the area. I have never heard of this before, both of my legs from the knees down are always so cold that I've still been using hot water bottles even though it's summer!

    Let us know what they say.
  • Did you call and find out whats causing it yet?

    CHristina :)
  • I've had this for over 2 years now, so no need to worry. I think it is just all part of the nerve damage from my cord injury in surgery. No infection or anything like that. But thanks for your concern. I actually prefer it being warmer to when it hurts more and is cold. It is strange all the different neurological symptoms we all deal with. And if something abnormal is going to happen, you can bet it will be me that gets it.

    I do think that Saltz should call and report this though. My doctors are aware and it is always a good idea to report anything unusual.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • I have been doing some research. Mostly I get hits on Diabetes, but from what I can tell, there is a definite link from nerves to skin temperature control.

    I also read that if you are completely paralyzed there are a lot of body temp control issues, in a lot of those injuries you don't sweat from the affected parts.

    I can't tell if I am not sweating on my leg, I've not that I have noticed, but I don't know that I've had an occasion to have my legs sweat. But it would make sense that if I am not sweating on that leg, then that is why it is warmer, it can't cool itself down.

    Thanks for posting about your temp. control issues, it reassures me.

    And really, it's not bothersome, certainly not as much as the numbness is.
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