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I would love any help that anyone could provide or answers. 2 and a half months ago I woke up with a slightly numb foot. Not dramatic, but slight numbing. This was after a strenuous hike that was very difficult for me to do. I was very active and always running and climbing and mountain biking. Usually daily. I decided to take it easy and not run, but kept biking and climbing. A week later I got numb fingers after a mountain bike ride and still had the numb foot. Later that day I got numbness on the right side of my face and I was in a panic and went to the emergency room. The emergency room did a lot of tests including a brain MRI with contrast and found nothing. They sent me on a way to visit a neurologist. I went to the neurologists a few days later to tell him about the slight numb in my fingers and my feet and sometimes calves. It had started to show up at both sides this time. I was petrified that I had MS. He looked at my MRI and did some neuro tests and said it was just probably a sports injury and give it time....
So I took everything easy and started going to a physcial therapists. I was always getting tingly, numb, or burning sensations from head to toe again. He also thought that there could be something wrong like inflammation or spine disc issues. I also started to take some steroids to see if it would help. After a few weeks things started to seem to get better, I didn't seem to be numb very often, once in awhile in my pinkies. Also during this time I find that I can get back pain after sitting a long time, or standing a long time. I also get neck pain and shoulder pain. It's not intense, it isn't often, but I get it. If I bend backwards my lower back hurts and has a lot of pressure. Anyway I thought maybe I was doing better and did a couple very intense hikes that required rappelling, climbing, and having to be very physical. Four days after doing this I started noticing twitching in my legs and feet and the numbness getting bad again. At this point I started to notice very slow radiating pain and burning working down my limbs. My wrists and ankles would hurt for a point of time as things went through there. I have been dealing with these symptoms for about a week now. I am so so scared that it is something really bad like MS. I want to know if this sounds like this kind of stuff could be created by spine issues like disc issues, or whatever. Does this seem possible to have foot tingles, slight numb, burning. Have pain in lower back and neck and shoulders and upper back. Then pain that goes around and have some numb up into face, and have burning and more tingling and twitching. Does this seem like it could be back or neck issues. Please help and answer anything you can. I would appreciate anything you could help with.


  • Hi
    So you only had an MRI of the brain?

    Maybe one should be done of your cervical and lumbar spine.
  • I only had one of my brain. Would I want to get one of my lumbar and cervical to check for spinal issues, like disc issues? Is taht what you mean?
  • It seems that you have symptoms of cervical and lumbar spine problems.
    An MRI is what you need to rule out possible injuries.

    Just my two cents worth

    God bless
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  • I agree with Rosé. You need an MRI of your spine. These are definitely symptoms but you need to have a Dr confirm. Best of luck. Keep us posted.
    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
  • I am baffled that spine problems can cause all these issues. I figured it was more sciatica, shooting pains. Thanks for responses thus far
  • I would certainly get an MRI of your cervical and lumbar spine. I am under the impression that spinal issues can cause just about any neurological symptom out there. Keep us posted as to what you find out!
    C3-C6 herniated causing severe foraminal stenosis pressing against the left ventral aspect of the spinal cord.
  • davrunnerddavrunner Posts: 478
    edited 11/11/2013 - 2:26 AM
    it shows the nerves and at what level from the spine goes to what part of the body. Looking at that you can see how it is possible for all your symptoms coming from your back. I would get both cervical and lumbar mri.
    When you see the Dr tell him about how you bend slightly back and you get pain in lower back. I have the same symptoms and am told that it is from facet joints, they can give you facet injections which for me relieves that particular pain for months at a time. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • I had similar symptoms from a fall I had 2 years ago. I let it go to the point of no return. I did the PT, chiro, massage and acupuncture. The last thing I did was steroid injections. By the time I got to see a surgeon I had a big mess on my hands. The nerve was crushed on my right side and I had Double ACDF in Feb. I still have terrible symptoms and new ones as well. I wish I didn't wait so long but kept on working thinking things would get better. By the time I had surgery, they were doing it on the basis of stopping any further damage and paralysation. I still have the symptoms and it's been 8 months.

    Don't let things go thinking they will get better! Nerve damage is very hard to correct and treat.

    Good Luck!
  • Thanks so much for more information. I got a Cervical MRI with contrast and am just scared to death waiting for the results. It is supposed to come back today or tomorrow. I am hoping to nip this in the bud. I will get a lumbar MRI at a later time when I have the money. Can you have pain in the front of your thigh from low back problems also? Anyone. It also feels a bit weak. I always hear about sciatica and it going down the back of my leg, but mine has always been the front of my thigh pain. Is that a possibility? I'll let you know when I get my results.
  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 142
    If you look at a dermatome chart you can see that the nerve roots also affect the front of the leg. I injured my back shoveling snow last December and my disc ruptured putting a piece of disc material lodged in my L4 nerve root, pain in thigh, knee, shin, no typical sciatica. It took until may for a neurosurgeon to discover this and I had excruciating pain in different places than others. Look at that chart and it might help you see which nerve is affected.
    Good luck
  • Doctor would not tell me what he found on the MRI until I made an appointment. I am getting the radiologist report in the meantime. The doctor did tell me that there is no lesions on brain or spine and it is not MS, but spinal issues. I don't know why he can't tell me on the phone what kind of spine issues he sees. I will post here what the radiologist found when I get the report, but at least no MS, so that's a huge relief.
  • on my nervesoon my nerves Posts: 116
    edited 11/13/2013 - 10:48 AM
    Please let us know how your appointment goes. I know the waiting is very frustrating.
    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
  • Thank God that you do not have MS
    Hang in there, most of us know how the waiting is very difficult and then you finally get the news, and then in shock

    Its your SPINE for goodness sakes, no matter what.level has the problems

    Sending you hugs and hershey kisses

  • I got the radiologist report and it said I had a small posterior disc bulge at c5/c6. Could a bulging disc cause issues in shoulders and down arms into.hands?
  • Yep in my case I had a herniation at c5 c6 and I had shoulder pain, numbness in my fingers and back pain. I had a fusion done it took away my arm pain and numbness. The back pain didn't go away but I had a herniation at l5 s1 as well.
    When you get in with the doctor he will be able to tell you if your symptoms are being caused by the herniation or something else. Wishing you good luck and a speedy recovery!
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • I have the same thing with my c5-c6 herniation. I hope your appointment goes well and he is able to shed some light on the situation!
    C3-C6 herniated causing severe foraminal stenosis pressing against the left ventral aspect of the spinal cord.
  • inquisitive32iinquisitive32 Posts: 1
    edited 03/10/2014 - 12:16 AM
    utahguy058 : My heart started racing when the moment I started reading your symptoms and worry for MS. After a strenuous efforts, I could finally relate my symptoms 100% with you. I am happy that you do not have MS.

    Can you pls update us on the recovery of your spinal issues progress and wellbeing. Please!

    My symptoms are exactly the same you mentioned. Initially it all started with Tingling and random mild burning below the hip level mostly in the thigh and calf in 1st week of Jan, Tingling got disappeared but the random Burning is still there. Feel some weakness in legs near knees while left one is comparatively more. I get occasional muscle twitches and a Back pain (middle of spine tending little downward) when bending downward of taking a start to move. The pain is very mild and not much worring. It only gets increased when I sit down on my feet with stomach touching hips .

    I am really worried and confused where to start with. Neurologist or a Spine specialist. Trying to get appointment for both. Your inputs will help me a lot and will give some peace to my continuous thinking 24/7.

    Please also let me know if I can reach you one-to one communication. Thanks in advance

    This blog is really amazing with such good people around providing helpful information. Wish all of you a very speedy recovery and good health.

    Baffled with symptoms
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