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left foot pain

hello. I went to the doctor in Feb. this year for left foot pain, burning, electric shocks, etc. The pain is not in the leg at all just the foot. The doctor was ordering a Lumbar MRI and I convinced him to do a Cervical MRI as well since I had left arm pain on and off for the past 3 years. It turns out the Lumbar did not look to bad. But the Cervical showed Myelomalacia and I needed surgery. ACDF was done March 9. My surgeon said prior to the surgery he did not think this would help my foot, but was necessary to halt any possible progression in other areas including gait difficulties.

I had a routine follow up yesterday and the surgeon noticed some tremors in my left hand and said there just happened to be a Neurologist in the office and he wanted him to to take a look. The neurologist said I had essential tremors of the hands, but during his exam he noticed the problems with the left foot - such as loss sensitivity, decreased strength, absent reflexes etc. and reordered the lumbar MRI and an EMG.

Any thoughts out there? Also not familiar with EMG. How specific is it in determining the origin of the problem such as L5 dorsal root or will it just determine if there is nerve damage or not.

Thank You


  • My back problems ( fracture at L5 S1 with compressed nerves ) manifested its self eventually with pain in my left foot.I do not have any reflexes in either leg or foot. I personally think the results of the EMG are determined by the operator as mine said my nerves are fine. I am awaiting a spine fusion its scheduled for tomorrow but the last two appointments have been cancelled . Good luck with obtaining a diagnosis.
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