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Is it true that a spinal epidural can cause permanent weakness or numbness in the legs?

Is it true that a spinal epidural can cause permanent weakness or numbness in the legs?

It should not: Please consult immediately with your anesthesiologist if you have a problem. If this is an acute change, you should go to the er right away. ...Read more

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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

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Might a spinal epidural (for pain relief) can cause permanent weakness or numbness in the legs?

Yes: Depending on the level where it was injected and how it was performed it could, the higher the spinal, the more likely it could contact the spinal cord or a spinal nerve, trauma from the needle or from toxicity of the solution could do that, although it is fairly rare. ...Read more

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Diagnosed at 24 w/ bilateral formalin spinal stenosis.Now 30, with leg pain, weakness, vision, numb.Ms runs in family members.Can they cause similarities?

Diagnosed at 24 w/ bilateral formalin spinal stenosis.Now 30, with leg pain, weakness, vision, numb.Ms runs in family members.Can they cause similarities?

Dual problems: The numbness can be related to primal stenosis but not the visual problems which may be related to ms . The 2 conditions can coexist. You need evaluation with the neurologist as well as a specialist in rehabilitation medicine. ...Read more

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I have 14 spinal disks with problems and 2 lumbar surgeries 20 years ago. I have pain, numbness, & weakness in both legs, right arm. Please help?

I have 14 spinal disks with problems and 2 lumbar surgeries 20 years ago. I have pain, numbness, & weakness in both legs, right arm. Please help?

Difficult dilemma: Although you could be experiencing nerve compressions at several levels in your spine, you might also be suffering cervical stenosis, which is compressing spinal cord and nerve roots. Also, a co-morbidity, peripheral neuropathy, could be superimposed as a new problem. Need to sort out asap, and perhaps see a neurosurgeon, and maybe neurologist later. ...Read more

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What can cause numbness of the hands and legs and weakness all over?

What can cause numbness of the hands and legs and weakness all over?

Several potentials: Assuming this is bilateral and symmetrical, there may be a peripheral neuropathy. However, spinal cord compression in the neck can cause this. Rarely, ms might present in this fashion. Since there are multiple underlying causes, it is best to see your physician, and obtain a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain in my left leg from my knee down a lil numbness in my toes, I do have lower back problems can that be the cause? Also weakness in the am both legs sometimes

Pain in my left leg from my knee down a lil numbness in my toes, I do have lower back problems can that be the cause? Also weakness in the am both legs sometimes

See a back surgeon: You may well have spinal disc disease with consequent pressure on nerve roots exiting the spinal cord. Get this taken care of before you have permanent problems. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc in neck cause numbness in my face, arms, and legs as well as leg weakness and altered gait and trouble walking?

Can a slipped disc in neck cause numbness in my face, arms, and legs as well as leg weakness and altered gait and trouble walking?

See a physician: This sounds like something that needs to be looked at. You don't get facial numbness from a slipped disc or a herniated disc. Unlikely that symptoms would include the arms and legs as well as altered gait to the point of having trouble walking. This should be evaluated very soon by a physician. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause Numbness and weakness that comes and go on the right arm/hand and right leg/foot? Also, pain in the shoulder blade/bicep.

Can a pinched nerve cause Numbness and weakness that comes and go on the right arm/hand and right leg/foot?  Also, pain in the shoulder blade/bicep.

Yes: Numbness and weakness in the right upper and lower extremities may indicate nerve compression at the level of the spine. MRI and EMG could localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy and would give guidance to appropriate treatment options. Consult with a physical medicine and rehabilition specialist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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