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Lower back and leg symptoms???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have read here on a few posts of lower back and leg symptoms going away after ASDF surgery. If anyone has had this experience please describe to me your pre surgery lower symptoms. I have very lower back pain (Right side) and a pins and needle right leg for almost three weeks now. My time table is as follows:

3/5/09: Bad ER Visiting left upper back and arm pain.

Bunch of doctor visits, MRI, Pain doc, Surgeon, ect....

3/29/09: Minor umbness starts in right foot.

4/12/09: Start to feel the very lower back (top of butt) right side pain, Leg now kinda numb all day for two weeks. Also starting to feel some right arm heavyness and clumbsyness.

4/15/09: Surgeon does not understand the right arm feeling I am explaining but notes it and schedules surgery for 4/28/09.

Today: Exausted and have been awake for pretty much a month now with a few hours a night of pill induced sleep.

Has anyone had this many insane symptoms from just one cervical herniation? please let me know so I can have a little hope when I wake up on 4/28.

Thanks all!



  • Hi there,

    Your symptoms seem to be more indicative of a lower back disc problem.....have you had that area investigated ?? The arm pain can be a symptom of neck problems, but you say your surgeon can't understand why you have pain there, even though you say you have a herniated cervical disc ??.
    I think if I were you, I'd be getting a second opinion before surgery.
    Most surgeons want their patients to try a range of non invasive therapies such as physio, hydro etc and then maybe some sort of steroid injections into the area thats causing the trouble to try and reduce symptoms, for a few months (even 6 - 12 months) before they make a dash for the scalpel. Sometime these therapies actually make the pain go away and the disc can actually go back into place without the need for surgery. Looking at the history you given here, you've only been having symptoms for a few weeks and have only been given the option of surgery.....I'm no doctor, and this is my opinion BUT, I think you should really get another opinion from a spinal specialist if possible. Hope you get better soon

  • Have you tried physical therapy or injections?

    Before I finally decided to have surgery, I tried all kinds of conservative treatments. What kind of surgery will you be having?

    I had sharp pain in my right buttock and the pain radiated down the back of my leg and ended at my ankle. I also had tingling and cold feeling in my right foot.

    I had a herniated disc at L5 S1 and chose to have microdiscectomy.

    I hope that you have tried some physical therapy before you go under the knife.

    Best wishes!
  • My original problem, which still exists, is a broad based C6-7 herniation (Docs all agree it looks like it blew up in my neck). I had the original pains at first which went away in the left shoulder blade, shoulder and arm, but the weakness in my left arm has not gotten any better and I am now starting to lose strength in my right arm. Went from being able to do 75 – 80 pushups to about 5 – 10 in only a few days time. My triceps are pretty much done.

    I will be having C6-7 ACDF with cadaver bone. I have a slight herniation in the C5-6 area but the doc said he would not touch that one. As far as the cervical issue, I am 3 for 3 with surgeons saying I need to take care of it very soon as my strength has diminished a LOT in only six weeks and is only getting worse.

    I REALLY HOPE my lower issues are some sort of symptom of the cervical issue and will go away after they fix it. For goodness sake I am only 34 and an avid runner and cyclist. I do not want my triathlon dream to end! I also find it kind of crazy that I never had any lower issues until this happened. Wake up with massive pain, Listen to doc and lift NOTHING over 5-10 lbs, relax, and boom, My leg goes numb in 2 ½ to 3 weeks and is followed by lower back pain.

    I guess we will see after the surgery huh.
  • I would get a lumbar MRI ordered by the surgeon to address what's going on in your lower extremities. I suppose it is possible for a very large central cervical herniation to press on the spinal cord enough to cause issues in the lower half of the body (theoretically), but I would not just assume that to be the case. Is your surgeon assuming that? With all the diagnostic means available, he/she should really do some investigating in my opinion.

    Good Luck and if you get a second chance to live pain free, embrace it, consider yourself lucky and take care of your spine.

  • I know I have to get the C6-7 done soon because it is pretty massive. I hope it is the cause of the problem. I did not have any lower back pain at all today and very little tingling in the right leg??? I will be getting the cervical thing done tuesday morning at 9:00. I hope I awake to find no lower issues. Like I said, I have never even felt a tingle of pain or soreness in my lower back. It is kinda funny that after injuring my cervical spine playing with my son (I think that is how I did it) I get lower body symptoms three weeks later. I cannot imagine having this happen in two parts of my body at the same time.

    I have been doing a good amount of lower back and abb stuff and about 5-6 miles a day of walking in the last week in hopes of averting this lower back thing, Wishfull thinking.

    FYI, my surgeon wants to do the surgery and see how I feel before he does a lower MRI. It was discussed.

    I have read a few posts about lower issues going away after cervical surgerys and am HOPING I am one.

    Only God knows at this point!!!!
  • Ahhhh, that does make things clearer lol. I too have neck issues with bulges displacing the Thecal Sac and bone spurs pressing on the nerves,from C3 - C7, but none of those have caused the leg & lower back pain I suffer. That was caused by a shot disc at L5-S1 that fragmented a piece of disc matter that was 3cm x 2cm the 1st time then broke off another piece that really pinned the sciatic nerve. I have had 3 ops so far with the last being a ALIF of L5-S1 which cured my "bone" pain brilliantly, I still have nerve issues that are give me grief tho.
    I think you really need to get a MRI of your lumbar spine to see whats going on there.
    Best of luck with your upcoming op, fingers crossed your lower back pain will be gone along with the arm issues !!!

    I just read your surgery is this coming Tuesday, I'm having a Decompression of L5-S1 on Tuesday about the same time your are. Fingers crossed we both get the results we want !!
  • I wish you the best in your surgery!

    Thanks for the info.
  • When my lower extremity symptoms got worse my surgeon ordered a lumbar MRI just to be sure. It did not show any major problems. I think it was the degree of cord compression I had that caused it. In any case they are better. It's a good idea to get your lumbar spine checked out. I hope your surgery is as successful as mine.
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