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Don't know what I have: muscle spasms, tightness all on one side of body

Hello, I have this issue that's been bugging me for three years now.

I've seen several doctors, tried physical therapy--hoping someone here may have more insight.

Several years ago, I probably injured my foot somewhere by running (new to it). Initially the pain was limited to my left foot (bottom of foot + ankle) where I'd limp for a few weeks. It would be painful to stand on that one feet for a long period of time.

Eventually the pain did go away. However, I would experience weird symptoms. When sitting down in the car driving for an hour, my left leg would feel numb. I would get twitchy spasms on the upper-left body from neck, to arms, hands, fingers, sometimes even face. Did MRI scans on neck, torso, docs didn't see anything weird. The numbness issue did eventually go away on its own after 6 months or so. I started wearing foot-arch inserts which I think helped a bit. If I walk too long without them know, my left foot + calf would feel really tight.

Occasionally, I still get some twitching on the left side when I sit in the upper body. 

Doctors first guess is sciatica, piriformis syndrome--but they can't link that to the upper-body issues so I'm puzzled.



  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 877

    @OldRide - I had right side issues that took many years to get diagnosed (right side of face, right side of neck, right shoulder and right arm/hand).  After many years, I got access to a complex issues spine neurosurgeon who actually listened to me and performed extensive tests beyond the standard spine imaging.  This neurosurgeon was able to confirm that I actually had multiple issues on the right side of my neck that were caused by whiplash decades earlier. 

    You have to determine how much of quality you have lost and does it appear that your symptoms are getting worse.  Sometimes a second opinion helps, sometimes getting a work-up/opinion from a hospital associated with a medical school that is highly rated in spine issues helps.

    Sometimes spine type issues are not triggered by spine issues or spine injuries.  Years ago, I had a rheumatologist consult that helped identify one of my the causes of spine related symptoms.

    I hope for your sake you can find an explanation(s) of your symptoms.

    Do your due diligence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit.  Advocate for yourself and you will be surprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.

  • sometimes these symptoms are also infections....seek and find is the only game we can play--ruling out the worst as Nutcase007 said, second opinions are good

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  • oldride

    welcome to spine-health

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    your symptoms could be from many causes, you mentioned you had been seen by several doctor's, but not what type of specialist, my thought would be a neurologist, i would think that would be the best to try and trace your symptoms down.


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