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Cold feet and hurt back

steve22ssteve22 Posts: 1
edited 08/06/2015 - 5:02 AM in Lower Back Pain

For the last few weeks I have been having trouble with my lower back. At first the pain was pretty bad, but as the weeks go on the back pain is gradually decreasing. What is troubling though is that I have been getting cold feet along with the back pain. When I sit or lay down in a bad position, my feet feel as if they are freezing cold, but when I feel them they feel completely normal temperature wise.

The cold feet more or less only happens when I sit and gets almost instantaneously relieved when I stand. When I stand in the same position for too long the cold feet comes back. I have a desk job, so I am in pain at work almost all day long. I have considered a standing desk but I don't know if it is right for me or if my boss will even allow it.

I will see my primary care doctor asap, but in the meantime are there any ideas as to what this could be and how to ease the pain on my own? I'm thinking it could be a herniated disk compressing a nerve (past MRIs for an unrelated condition have shown slight herniation at L4, L5, S1). But why would the pain be only in my feet, doesn't it usually travel down the leg if it's a nerve issue? At first I thought it was bad circulation, but the pain is almost immediately relieved by standing so I'm unsure. Thanks for your help.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I think it very good you are seeing your doctor re your bothersome cold feet.

    Doctor best to assess you.
    Just because we have spinal issues, it doesn't mean that we do not have other health issues at play, also.

    You stated concern about your circulation. But unsure since relieved when standing. Seems that standing could also open vascular system that may be hindered by sitting. That is why there is no substitute for seeing your doctor.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!

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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,802
    Savage is right thyroid, neurapathy, circulation and so many other things could cause that feeling. I would not hesitate cause if it's neurapathy the earlier the better.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • I've been colder lately myself. I've always had poor circulation (naturally cold), but this has gotten worse with worsening nerve pain. I put on a jacket, feel better stepping out into the warm air, and my hands are physically cold to the touch.

    My coldness, though, is different from what you describe. I get some relief but not instantaneous relief when I stand. I also feel the pain and cold water feeling down my entire leg. It could very well be a disc-related nerve issue. You mention a slight herniation, but don't be fooled by the words "slight" or "subtle" on MRI reports. What appears slight to a radiologist could feel like a raging fire in your body.
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