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Weakness in legs now arms?

Hi, I'm 32 years old with mild scoliosis. For the last month my legs have been feeling weak an jelly like with no pain , then a few days ago my arms started getting weak as well. I was really worried I was developing ms or something major until I did a google search and discovered that it could be caused by my spine. I took prednisone for my first time ever the other day and my limb weakness disappeared, I was able to twist and turn like never before, I could even touch my toes for the fist time in my life even as a child I never could, I felt so good I could have ran a mile and my back pain vanished. Does this sound like spinal stenosis? My limb weakness is symmetrical both sides are equally weak, I'm still able to walk and do normal task but they feel weaker and not normal almost tingly.. I have been for blood tests and nothing showed, so would my next step be a neurologist or an orthopedic specialist? Opinions would be appreciated. Thanks


  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 08/25/2013 - 11:52 AM
    Welcome to Spine Health.

    Please be aware that none of us here are doctors and are not able to advise you about what your problem is.
    You need to go and see your own medically trained doctor to discuss this and for advice as to what type of doctor would be best to see.
    Can you go back to the doctor who diagnosed your mild scoliosis?
    You do need to actually be seen and examined by a doctor to know what your problem is.

    I hope that you will be advised as to which type of doctor you should see and that they will carefully examine you and take your medical history. Then they can decide what further tests are required to reach a diagnosis.

    Good luck and I hope you will find out what is causing your problems.
    Please come back and let us know how you get on and then, if you have any questions about what you are dealing with, we can share our experiences with you.

  • Thank you for your reply, I have an another appointment next Thursday with my family doctor and will hopefully get more answers then. I was just wondering if symmetric muscle weakness in both arms and legs was a common symptom to try to put my mind at ease until I find out the cause. Im not sure if it is related to the muscle weakness. But when I wake up from sleeping on my back I have bad back pain in the middle of my spine that feels like it is in the back of my lungs as well. The lung pain going away a few minutes after I change positions but the back pain lingers for a few hours later. Im this has been happening for the last 6 months or so, I usually sleep on my side which doesn't hurt my back, it only happens if I wake up laying on my back.
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 08/26/2013 - 7:23 AM

    I'm glad that you will be seeing your doctor on Thursday.

    I have symptoms in both my legs and arms. I have problems at all levels of my spine; neck, thoracic and lumbar so it is not easy to really know what is causing it.

    After several MRI scans my neurosurgeon felt that it was probably all being caused by quite tight cord compression high up in my neck. I had a 2 level ACDF for that last Novemebr. Before that I had had a fusion and laminectomy in my lumbar spined. I do know that I have 3 herniated discs in my thoracic spine, two of which are slightly compressing my cord.

    I do still have symptoms in my arms and legs which I have been told could be permanent cord damage because I was left for over two years by the first neurosurgeon that I saw. I have had a full spine MRI scan with contrast since my neck fusion and it shows that my cord in my neck now has fluid around it. The only place in my spine that has compression of my cord now is in the thoracic spine, but he doesn't think it is enough to be causing all these symptoms. Also symptoms generally show at levels below where the problem is, so my arms should be coming from my neck. I have been told that I may remain like this now as it is 9 months since my surgery.

    My spine doesn't like me lying on my back for long anymore either. :-)
    I woke up from my ACDF surgery in awful pain. The anaesthetist asked where the pain was and it was in my lower back! I am almost certain it was because I had been lying on my back for too long during the surgery.

    I hope that your appointment will prove useful on Thursday. :-)
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

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