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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I just went online and narrowed down my symptoms to Spinal Stenosis. Let me describe them to you and see if they correspond with what any of you have.

I'm an acvtive birdwatcher, age 70. Two days a month, I do an all-day bird survey with two friends. For the past year or so, after walking a short disance (a block or two), I get a burning sensation down the back of my left leg, and the sole of my foot feels numb. However, I also walk about a mile almost every day at home, and this symptom never occurs then. I alwo went on a birdwatching trip last spring, and walked a lot in the field every day, and had no symptoms. They seem to occur only in one geographic locality. Here are the variables.

I don't drive, but on the birding trips, I ride in a car for about an hour. I wear a one-pound pair of binoculars around my neck. I walk, when birding, slowly, with frequent stops, and frequently look up above me.

When I get the leg pain, it goes away after sitting or lying down for a couple of minutes, and does not recur until after quite a bit more walking, maybe a mile or so. If I walk at a normal quick walking speed, the symptoms are much less likely to occur. Once I get the pain, it persists, whether I am moving or standing still, but quick walking relieves it somewhat.

I have begun to take one ibuprofin before beginning, and another one at midday, which seems to help quite a lot. I have no way of guessing whether the Ibuprofin is working as a pain killer, or an anti-inflammatory.

I do not have any back pain associated with this. I did have some back pain at one time, but I switched to a different computer chair, and that went away.

In the past couple of weeks, for the first time, I began to experience the pain symptoms when I got out of bed in the morning, almost immediately. If I go back to bed, and lie there for a few minutes, the symptoms go away, and do not return anymore that day.

Aside from that recent morning exprience, it boils down to this: The only time I have the leg pain is when I walk slowly with frequent stops with certain companions at a certain wildlife refuge after riding in a car for an hour, with binoculars around my neck. Comparable quick walking in other places at other times without car-riding and without binoculars present no symptoms.

Does this connect with any of you?


  • I'm sorry you have been troubled by your leg. I can't tell you if it is certainly stenosis. You should get checked by a specialist, and your PCP should rule out PAD or other problems. I hope you find the answer you seek :)
  • I have had Plantar Fascitis , and mostly it starts slowly, especially burning and sharp pain in the heel and sole of foot immediately upon standing from lying down or sitting. I usually gets better after walking for awhile. After some time without treatment, it gets so you are in severe pain constantly while on your feet, and is only relieved while off your feet. I finally had custom orthotics made that took the pain away for many years.
    Maybe you should look more closely at this diagnosis, but don't take my word for it as Plantar Fascitis doesn't usually include pain in the back of the leg or buttocks. :)
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  • No, I never have pain in my foot. I get a soft numbness in the sole of my foot, which is similar to when your sock slips down and bunches up in your shoe. That foot numbness occurs only coincident with the leg pain---the two always occur together.
  • :S Well, I guess you should get it checked out for sure! I wish you well! I have had a lot of problems with those issues too, so anytime you want to talk feel free to PM me. >:D<
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