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low back pain with both legs numb to the feet!! Lumbar MRI revealed no impingemen!!??

Hello folks,

My injury started when I was playing basketball and my back did not feel "right", it felt as though my back was aligned.  After playing for about five minutes I felt my back to seize up on me and getting stiff.  I immediately stopped playing and sat down when my lower back started to spasm to a point where I could not stand straight up without severe pain.  I got home and laid on the carpet floor in a fetal position for about three hours due to the intense pain and the fetal position was the only relief.  I finally got up when my legs started to tremble in pain and legs were very weak to stand on.  That night I had back spasms and started to have numbness to both my legs.  The next morning the spasms were gone however still had terrible low back pain and legs were very weak and numb to my feet!! 

To fast forward to 8 weeks later and having an MRI and X-rays done I still have both legs numb with little improvement however I'm able to walk very gingerly and a little off balance.  I cannot run or do lunges or jump due to leg weakness and fatigue.  My legs are very very slowing gaining strength back and the back pain has improved a lot faster than my legs!!  The MRI did not reveal any impingement on the nerve but did show spinal stenosis which does not explain the leg numbness and weakness...  I did go to the spine specialist who did not provide any answers due to ordering more testing which takes a month to perform!! He ordered an MRI to the Thoracic spine and an EMG test which I will have done in two weeks...  Any thoughts or someone have a similar experience???  Thank you    



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • The EMG test will definitely see what's going on with your nerves. I have leg tightness even though my MRI showed no impingement either, and my EMG was normal too. It's very odd, indeed. I'd really refrain from physical effort right now if I was you

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