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Lumbar spinal stenosis and numbness in the front of the thighs

The neurosurgeon has told me that the tingling and numbness in the front of my legs was not caused by lumbar spinal stenosis which only caused the pain in the back of the thighs and calves.
Therefore, the surgery was not likely to improve my paresthesia in the front of my thighs.
Was he right or can lumbar spinal stenosis cause numbness in the front of the thighs?
Thank you for your help.
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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 661
    edited 02/02/2016 - 8:02 AM
    It is my understanding that sciatic pain can be felt in many ways and places. Lower back, back of the leg, front of the leg, hip, side of the leg, all the down to the toes. Fix, or correct, the muscle imbalances causing your pelvic and lumbar issues [edit], and your pain should go away. Again, in my opinion as someone who's been through it, an xray is much better at helping you get to recovery. The xray can tell you what shape your spine and pelvis are in. Know that and you can then make a plan to get better.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I found reviewing a dermatome map to be very helpful in understanding my pains.
    Of course, I didn't use it as any kind of trying to diagnosis....but supplemental to trying to understand my issues as explained by my doctor.

    You could find map by using search on this site, upper right on page.
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  • MarWin said:
    It is my understanding that sciatic pain can be felt in many ways and places. Lower back, back of the leg, front of the leg, hip, side of the leg, all the down to the toes. Fix, or correct, the muscle imbalances causing your pelvic and lumbar issues [edit], and your pain should go away. Again, in my opinion as someone who's been through it, an xray is much better at helping you get to recovery. The xray can tell you what shape your spine and pelvis are in. Know that and you can then make a plan to get better.
    Thank you. Your reply gives me hope that my symptoms will improve.
    The neurosurgeon has prescribed a mri and a electromyogram. I hope they can give the informations that are needed.

  • Savage said:
    I found reviewing a dermatome map to be very helpful in understanding my pains.
    Of course, I didn't use it as any kind of trying to diagnosis....but supplemental to trying to understand my issues as explained by my doctor.

    You could find map by using search on this site, upper right on page.
    The dermatome map is a new concept for me. Do you know where could I find one that explains the relationships between L4 and L5 stenosis and numbness and tingling in the front of the thighs?
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,518

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 661
    Just want to make sure that all on this thread know that I am not a medical professional or doctor of any kind. I speak strictly from personal experiences of my own pain/numbness/tingling/etc as well as the experiences that led to my recovery. Only in an effort to help other's think outside of what they've learned. Sorry for any confusion, if any.
    MarWin said:
    It is my understanding that sciatic pain can be felt in many ways and places. Lower back, back of the leg, front of the leg, hip, side of the leg, all the down to the toes. Fix, or correct, the muscle imbalances causing your pelvic and lumbar issues [edit], and your pain should go away. Again, in my opinion as someone who's been through it, an xray is much better at helping you get to recovery. The xray can tell you what shape your spine and pelvis are in. Know that and you can then make a plan to get better.

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    there are no medical professionals on this site, so therefore any comments are solely opinions based on personal experiences.
    They should never been taken as medical fact.
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