A 32-year-old member asked:
is foot numbness and lower leg weakness a nerve problem or a muscle problem?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Nerves: Typically numbness points to nerves. Numbness associated with weakness is concerning for spine disease (pinched nerves). You should consult a physician for evaluation sooner rather than later.
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Podiatry 41 years experience
Depends: It could be either.
Only an examination will determine what is causing the problem.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
I have a weak grip, tingling in my fingers and pain in my neck. Do I have thoracic outlet syndrome?
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Family Medicine 60 years experience
Thoracic Outlet: You may or you may not. There are numerous conditions that can cause these symptoms. You should consult with your doctor about this problem.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
How long will I need to use crutches after a left knee arthroscopy to remove bone spurs?
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Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
A few days: Most patients use crutches for 1 to 7 days.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?
3 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: Also to the top of the foot or sole of the foot.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
I had a nerve block in my neck during and after shoulder surgery it was causing ringing in the ears so I discontinued it the ringing has never stopped what can I do?
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Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Tinnitus: Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from a wide range of underlying causes. Sometimes spontaneous, Aspirin toxicity or in your case, possibly related to your surgery and something as simple as a potassium imbalance. This explains the many home remedies you .
It might be best to consult with an ENT for a complete workup as this may or may not have been related to your surgery.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Is surgery helpful for sciatic nerve damage. Burning in leg, numbness, tingling & stumbling?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes: You describe symptoms of radiculopathy which is when a nerve malfunctions due to some type of pressure on the nerve.
You should see your family md for evaluation and they can do an MRI for evaluation. Of course, before surgery, you should try physical therapy and epidural steroid injections if possible.
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Last updated Mar 21, 2017
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