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Leg Weakness After Back Surgery
R. Leg weakness and severe pain l4, L5 fusion L3 herniation 3 years since 1st surgery back pops when I get up doc says xray looks good. Leg getting wors?
Second opinion: At this point I would get a second surgical opinion. ...Read more
Would anyone please advice any physical exercises for improvement in leg weakness that occur after parasaggital frontoparietal meningioma surgery?
PT and Time: Weakness that occurs from removal of brain tumors can take several months to improve and improvement may be incomplete. The best thing to do is pt and exercise to build muscles and prevent contractures of the muscles and ligaments that can occur from disuse. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?
Good advice: If you have leg weakness in the setting of a herniated disc, urgent surgical intervention is usually warranted to prevent long term neurologic damage. ...Read more
What is the best course of action after failed back surgery (lumbar laminectomy). Persistent burning pain along outside of leg and back weakness.
Re-eval: You need to be re-evaluated, preferably by your surgeon. Alternatively, you could consider seeing a non-surgical spine specialist, usually a physiatrist. There may be more simple solutions to your pain. ...Read more
This is somewhat: Dependent on what your diagnosis was and indications for the surgery as well as what type of surgery was performed. Other factors include how much time has past since the surgery, smoking history, medical history and has anything happened since the surgery such as an injury that may have caused onset of these symptoms. This is best reviewed with your surgeon to decide any actions needed. ...Read more
My husband now has a numb area in his leg after back surgery, and is scared to death! Is this normal?
It is not the norm: But it can happen in a small percentage of patients with some recovering and others being permanent. It is a known risk of the surgery in terms of neurologic ones. If that is the only symptom after his operation there is no real need for oncern and it may improve over time. ...Read more
I have leg weakness/pain and a little back pain with prolonged standing. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?
Find the reason: You have to find the reason for it before anybody could suggest treatment for you, check it out. ...Read more
Multiple: See a doctor and or a chiropractor. ...Read more
Talk to MD: The nerves may have been damaged or bruised by either the operation or the disease that caused you to seek surgery. These nerves can take a long time to recover, and sometimes do not. The best judge of this is your surgeon. Talk to them about your concerns. If needed get a second opinion if not satisfied. ...Read more
From immediate to...: There can be immediate complete or partial relief to within hours, days months, years to never with most if going to recover, within 6 months. ...Read more
I'm 22weeka pragnet I have a pain in my back I'm feeling shoulder and leg weakness sometimes I feel cold and have a headaches what I di?
Not likely.: While pain is certainly a symptom of shingles, which can be present before the rash appears, it is not usual for it to cause weakness. See a neurologist and/or get a second opinion. ...Read more
Check with pain doc: Leg weakness after epidural injections is alwasy concerning and may indicate some injury to a nerve or surrounding area. You must get this checked out with your pain doctor. It may be the that the epdidural steroids unmasked an underlying nerve injury that was present before the injection or it may be new. ...Read more
Get follow up: Epidural steroid ("cortisone") shots in the low back are commonly performed for pain and and leg complaints. If a leg becomes weaker this may mean that a nerve is being compressed, and it is important to have that evaluated by an expert. You have several choices, including returning to the doctor who did your epidural, your primary doctor, a physiatrist, or a spine surgeon (ortho or neuro). ...Read more
Can be the cause: Injury to the cervical spine (or neck) can result in spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury can cause leg weakness. It is paramount that a diagnosis be made so that the proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more
I have a pain in the right side of my leg that developed after back surgery. What can I do to stop the pain?
Depends on what is: Causing the pain. This oain could be due to a recurrent disc herniation or do to scar tissue formation which a contrast MRI can help to determine. Most of either reason will get better with time & non op care while the recurrent disc may require surgery the scar tissue reason does not & will most likely fail unless it is spinal cord stimulation. Otherwise, medications are indicated & epidurals. ...Read more
Could be referred: Low back pain with radiation down one side of the leg could be due to a pinched nerve. If you injured your back, strained muscles of the back and hip can irritate a nerve or cause a herniated disc which pinches the nerve. Fortunately this can be resolved non-operatively in most cases. Moist heat, light stretching and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may help. Persists? See you doctor. ...Read more
Acid buildup: While under anesthesia, the legs are bent and there is a decrease in blood return from the legs. Waste products like Lactic Acid build up. There is a decrease in blood supply and oxygen levels are lower, compounding the problem. After surgery, the legs are straightened, and blood and lymph fluids begin moving. Muscle cramping occurs during this time, when the local pH is low. ...Read more
Possibly: Pain directly at the lumbar puncture injection site should only last a few days. Injection of contrast material for imaging study or medication for therapeutic reasons can create temporary irritation of the nerves. This will result in weakness. Don't wait on this, please consult with your doctor. ...Read more
No: Call the physician who performed your lumbar injection imediately. There is concern accross america for those who received steroid injections without preservative from a compounding pharmacy in mass. After may 12, 2012. For complications (fungal infections.). ...Read more
I contracted Mono last year, now I'm having problems with dizziness and leg weakness. And my last blood test came back normal.
Likely unrelated: Years ago there was some talk about a chronic mono but the CDC has debunked that speculation. Your symptoms are very non-specific and could be related to dozens of differing diagnoses. I would work with your PCP over time to sort it out. Many of these take time to show their true form before they can be labeled and treated. ...Read more
I've had back surgery and still have pain down my legs. I recieve steroid shots and nerve blockers but nothing helps. What is the next step?
The short term and long term effects of back surgery can be hard to predict. Important in knowing the outcome is knowing the kind and duration of symptoms that were present prior to surgery.
Answers to these require consultation with your surgeon. That said, persistent pain is not uncommon, and may respond to additional therapy and attention to back posture. ...Read more
How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?
Depends: The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more
LEG WEAKNESS: Cervical spine trauma involves the neck and brachial plexus? While the leg weakness is associated with the sciatic nerve injury. ...Read more
Is it okay to have severe pain at the injection site of a lumbar puncture followed by leg weakness?
No, get evaluated: While the symptoms you describe may simply be a result of nerve root irritation, they may represent a hematoma- bleeding from the lumbar puncture site can put pressure on the nerve root or the spine itself. This can be extremely dangerous, and you should definitely get checked to rule out the possibility. ...Read more
I have pain going down the front of my right leg after having back surgery. It goes from my hip down to my knee and I can't stand it. Please help?
Need more info: Pain in top of thigh can be L2, L3, or L4 nerve root. If you had surgery for any of those nerves, continued compression may be the reason for this pain. You need to have your surgeon work you up for this. If your surgery did not involve these nerves, then you may be experiencing lateral femoral cutaneous nerve injury that can occur from laying on your belly for long periods of time. ...Read more
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