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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello everyone, I am new to the forum. Here is my story. I've been having back pains both upper and lower for a long time. I went to the chiro, who said I had arthritis in my lower spine and some stenosis. A few week ago, I started having burning pains in my legs and muscle cramps. The burning pain were worse at night. I also feel occasional burning pains in my lower and upper back, and pain in my upper back. The doctor sent me to the neuro, who had a MRI done on my lower lumbar region only. It came back "ok" as he put it. I am now awaiting results on blood tests to seen if there is a problem anywhere else. Now my arm and hand is starting to feel funny, and the burning in my upper back continues. My question is, can problems with your upper back or neck cause leg problems? Shouldn't my entire spine have been looked at? I am going back to my primary doctor in a few days, and I want to know what I should be asking....perhaps another MRI on the upper back this time? Thanks for any help!


  • I am not familiar with any condition that would make your neck and upper back that causes symptoms in your legs. I'm no doctor, but it would be a good idea to have an MRI of your thoracic spine to see if anything is causing the funny sensation in your arms. Only with some imaging and exam can they determine what's going on with your upper back. Have you seen a back specialist because they are better qualified than a chiropractor to give you a diagnosis of arthritis or stenosis. I hope you find the answers you seek and get to feeling better. :)
  • I am no doctor, but I have thoracic and cervial issues, and to my knowledge, the upper thoracic and cervical can cause upper burning in the back, and cervical in the arms. Lumbar problems if on certain nerves, can cause leg problems. Sometimes MRI's can't explain everything, and it does not hurt to have more then one opinion. Please keep us updated.
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