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legs vibrate after running

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Chronic Pain
14 weeks ago I fractured my C2 and C6 vertebrae in a bicycle accident. They were stable fractures. I had a neck brace for 6 weeks. I had no symptoms other than neck pain.
6 weeks ago I was allowed to resume running. I only did easy runs of less than a mile for the first 4 weeks. When I increased the intensity about 2 weeks ago I noticed a vibration at the top of my calfs immediatly after running. The vibration occurs only when I bend my neck down to look at my feet. The vibrations are strong for the first few minutes and then subside. They go away after about 2 hours.

I have no other pain in my legs and they feel stong.

What's causing the vibration? Is it caused by the vertebrae healing and putting pressure on the spinal cord?

Will this go away with time?


  • Hi Mike,

    Welcome to Spine Health. I think that your question is one that needs to be asked of your surgeon or whomever treated your fractures. Cervical issues can create problems for the legs and it's not something to dork around with. I feel that it's always better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this.

    Glad that you are able to run again!

  • June 6th I had a bicycle accident. I have no memory of the crash. I also have been released to ride my bicycle. My legs have the same pain. I refer to the pain as touching an electrical fence. When I look down the pain shoots down through both legs to my feet. I am having chronic pain in my right hip and leg. I have not regained temperature sensation in my right leg since the crash. I'm hoping to find a pain management doctor. I am at a loss

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  • i had my c1 c2 fused on i still get some warmness that runs downs my back and into my left leg. it is gettign better every day. i am 8 weeks post op. just taking a long time to heal.

    i had these symptoms before my surgery too.

    i would investigate your c spine a bit further. as mentioned above it really is no area to second guess.

    ps u will get great support here from personal experiences.
  • Not trying to make a joke here, but my legs vibrate all the time and it is due to having a spinal cord stimulator inside my neck. It is there to target my neck, shoulders, arms and hand, but due to the complexity of the c-spine it also stimulates my legs and feet.

    Please consider speaking to your doc.

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