A 43-year-old female asked:
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symmetrical legs & feet; numb, weak & tingly. painful to walk @rest, both feet throb til they both go "numb". is this due to my chronic back pain?

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
Maybe: May be your back but also may be diabetes, blood supply to feet (though not likely).
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
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Dr. Douglas Linville II
29 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Doubtful : Pain that is symmetric suggests other causes especially when only involving the feet. Possibilities include poor circulation, neuropathy (abnormal nerve function from diabetes, medicines, chemical exposures). Peripheral nerve entrapment (like carpal tunnel in the wrist) can also occur. Spinal problems possible, but less likely in my judgement.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
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