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Buzzing in leg???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373

I was wondering if anyone has managed to discover what causes this buzzing feeling in legs.

It feels like I have a mobile phone on vibrate somewhere in my right leg. I particularly notice it when I am sitting down. It buzzes for a couple of seconds, then stops for a couple of seconds before going again. It will continue for hours.

I have found other threads on this topic, but haven't been able to find out what causes it. I suspect it is a nerve thing, but what does it mean?

At least it isn't painful, but I wonder if it means that the nerve compression has got worse.

I also get a feeling of wetness, almost as if I have been splashed with cold water.

I hope someone else out there shares this, and perhaps you have been told what it is.




  • I get this too. For the longest time I thought it was my work pager going off. I also have bugs crawling across my foot and cold water dripping on my foot and leg. All of these symptoms were before my spinal cord stimulator so it is not related to that. The dr. just said, "It's probably related to your arachnoiditis."

    The buzzing is weird but doesn't hurt me either.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I get this too sometimes, the first time it happened I was standing on the pavement over a basement I asked my husband what the buzzing was under our feet, he looked at me blankly, I moved him where I was standing and expected him to know what I meant, he said there is nothing there, then I realised it was still happening and it was me, as you say no pain just something I have to put up with.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery

  • I know just what you mean about the bugs crawling on me. I don't get that nearly so often since my lumbar fusion.
    I used to get it particularly up my left leg on the outer calf. One day I was in a friend's garden having coffee and she told me I had a spider crawling on my right leg. I laughed! I could feel it, but just thought it was a nerve symptom!
  • I get buzzing in my feet from time to time as well. I think you are all right in that it has something to do with nerve pain, though I am not sure what. Perhaps compression somewhere or irritation?
  • your description of the mobile phone vibrating was exactly as i described it to my friend!

    it is most often at the bottom of spine, so i think my phone is on chair behind me...vibrations inside but really numb to touch, like i have been to dentist numb,

    i also get the feeling of water splashes on my leg, am getting used to that now, only get the bug feeling in bed... so have been to great lengths to make sure there are no crawleys in there!

    these symptoms were there before my surgery and are still there, but still hoping to get some relief yet, despite the myleopathy!

    hope your symptoms settle too and you have a good day/evening :-)
  • Are you still getting these symptoms as much since your surgery?
    Have you ever been told what they mean?
    I wonder if it is a symptom of cord damage or just nerve compression.

    Luckily they are not painful, so if it stays, you can cope with it.

    How is your recovery going?

  • Hi, recovery is going good, i am just far too impatient and always push too hard and pay the price... a slow learner i think!

    i am just beginning to wonder if they will be permenant, the surgeon said i have to wait a year to know how much, if any, improvement there is going to be.

    i can cope with the pain from neck down, even though sometimes pain in lower back is such it stops me midwalk and i have to stand or sit until i get a handle on the pain before continuing.

    its still the headpain, i think its occitipal ? between the two boney bits at base of head anyway. that pain is crippling me, at times my sentences are coming out muddled, i cant think of the word i want, and i just want to lie down and be very very still. the pain is there always just the intensity that changes. i am praying sooo hard that this will settle as it will prevent me doing my work (with vulnerable children, so need to be able to focus on them 100%).

    my right hand is still weak and sometimes just goes and does its own thing! but not quite as bad as preop.

    this has turned into a prize whinge hasnt it.... sorry for that but thank you too for asking. i am doing my best not to mention how i feel to anyone thinking as they are expecting me to be recovered i will respond as if recovered... flawed thinking cos its not so simple!

    How are you doing? and yes i really want to know! hope you are having a good day :-)
  • I know just what you mean about those occitipal headaches. I have woken in the early hours of the day with awful pain the last couple of nights. Fortunately, the pain meds I take haave helped. Some days I have to layer them with another pain killer and then after a few hours they will go. It must be awful to have them all the time. I do often have a low level of headache, but not all the time.

    How long ago was your surgery? and what levels did you haave fused? Sorry, I read posts from so many people I can't remember who had what.

    My neurosurgeon also told me that it would take 6 months to a year to know how much relief I was going to get. He said if I was left with the headaches, we could try epidural steroid injections (or Botox). I have had my symptoms for quite a long time, so I do wonder how much I will be left with. I am always interested to hear others experiences and how much their surgery has helped. I know that it is done to stop the progression of the cord problems, but to get some relief of symptoms too must be great.

    I think that anyone who hasn't had spinal surgery, doesn't really know how slow the recovery can be. I also think that others get bored hearing about my problems so try to just say I'm fine.

    Mostly today, I have felt pretty good and when out for my walk, I felt like I was walking better than usual.
    I work in a school and I finished today for the summer. What a wonderful sense of freedom!

    Take care xx

  • hi Jellyhall,

    hope your first day of freedom is a good one for you! glad to hear your walking felt improved!! :-)

    i have a congenital fusion of c3/4 and had a 2 tier corpectomy and 3 level fusion c5/6/7 on May 16th. so 2 cages (filled with synthetic bone) 1 top-plate, 6 screws and cement!

    so i am only 10 weeks post op but it seems like ages ago.

    i see the surgeon in september so will ask him about my head if not improved by then, at 5 weeks he didnt seemed worried about anything except my over optimistic hopes!

    i am off into town this morning, going to see if my hairdresser will be willing to cut my hair without me putting my head forward! it also gives a purpose to my walking, which although i am doing, doesnt seem to be getting easier yet.

    here's hoping for sunshine and a good day for us both! x
  • Hi there,
    It feels so good to have weeks of summer ahead of me. If only we could have real summer weather!
    Went with hubby for a hospital appointment today and he will have surgery next Wednesday. There was a cancellation so they have slotted him into it. I will be nurse jelly for a little while. He was brilliant at looking after me after my lumbar fusion, so I will be happy to try to be a good carer. He had his pre-op tests done while we were at the hospital today. Funny, I had asked what he would say if they said he could have it next week.

    Have a good weekend. xx
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 12/28/2012 - 12:07 PM

    As I am sitting here at the computer, I have the same 'buzzing' feeling in my right leg.
    I had a 2 level ACDF 7 weeks ago.
    I am interested to hear if anyone (especially you welshlady, as you were waiting to see) has had any improvement in this symptom.
    I saw my neurosurgeon last week and he thinks there is still every chance that I will experience relief of some of my symptoms. I have an appointment to see him again towards the end of March.
  • Yeah me too, left heel. also had an intermittent buzz in my left thigh and left butt cheek. Pretty sure I've had it on my scalp too.
  • My surgeon has told me that he thinks it is caused from the compression of my cord.
    I have now had a 2 level ACDF, so the cord is no longer compressed (hopefully), but I am still getting the buzzing!
  • I have this buzzing in both legs, it's annoying. My sister has it too, she has had a couple of strokes and the consultant asked her if she had buzzing in her legs, she told him yes and he said its when someone has a stroke. He said people have mini strokes and don't know they had them, its a brain thing apparently.
  • I too have had this leg buzzing in both lower legs, and now I do have the cold sprinkle of water feel now and then. The splash feeling gets me every time: it's like 'April Fool' you.
    I thought maybe it would be taken care of once the doc told me I had low ferritin levels and had placed me on 650mg of iron daily. No relief as of now, two months later. I believe the iron has had a chance to be absorbed.
    I was once very athletic with trail running and road running, and working out in the gym, but it has all come to a slow down. No one has been able to explain why the buzzing is going on. I feel as if my mind is just making it up. Who knows?
  • angievara57 said:
    I have this buzzing in both legs, it's annoying. My sister has it too, she has had a couple of strokes and the consultant asked her if she had buzzing in her legs, she told him yes and he said its when someone has a stroke. He said people have mini strokes and don't know they had them, its a brain thing apparently.
  • EaglesoarsEEaglesoars Posts: 3
    edited 04/23/2015 - 9:12 PM
    I have the buzzing going on now for nearly 2 years, and have had 2 MRI s done. I have no signs of stroke, nor any other disease such as MS. So I am stumped also. What could this be and what could be causing it? I am on heavy amounts of iron daily due to my ferritin levels being low, and have recently had a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer; I thought for sure I would be rid of this buzzing, but it has been stubborn and is still going strong.
    Need science to look into this. My calf muscles are moving while at rest , and my feet are feeling as if they are solid and cracking each time I walk on them. I am really beginning to hurt---horribly.
    Really need a smart doctor's help.

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