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Can herniated disc in neck cause leg numbness?
I'm new here. I have had a really terrible month of pain, worry and fear. I've had some neck pain on the right side of my neck for some time. I'm 35 and have two small kids - I think I may have slowly injured my neck over time but then a rigorous day of pulling out these wicked vines in my backyard - I believe triggered a herniated disc in my neck. The curious thing has been the progression of symptoms. I first noticed weakness, twitching in my thumb and index finger with wrist pain, and some pain in my neck but those were the first syptoms. This seemed to get better for a few days, but then it was back two-fold - neck pain, wrist pain, feeling like my hands are clumbsy. I saw a chiro and had a few adjustments which did not help at all. I saw the dr. several times and had an EMG in late March which showed no pinched nerve in my neck and no carpel tunnel. I saw a neurologist last week - he scheduled an MRI for my neck and brain. Since seeing him, the pain in my neck has increased - my shoulders sometimes feel like they are being stabbed with a knife - and I have numbness and tingling down arms to hands (sometimes this goes away however)
But what has me the MOST concerned about all of this is that my LEGS have numbness radiating from my buttocks and down the backs of my legs - sometimes just one, sometimes just the other - and it freaks me out because everything I read says the C4-7 region is just upper body - so I am freaking out about cancer, tumors, MS etc.
Has anyone had a NECK herniated disc that impacted their legs? I just need to hear from anyone, I am at the end of my rope emotionally and physically from this.