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What is the relationship between leg pain and your lumbar spine?

What is the relationship between leg pain and your lumbar spine?

Nerves: The nerves that intervate your legs for both senation and motor originate at the lumbar spine from the spinal cord. Each lumbar segment has a nerve that exits and runs down into the lower portion of your body. So pain in the legs could be from the lumbar spine nerves. Having an physician examine you would be your first step in determining your leg pain origin. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Had MRI on lumbar spine, tarlov cyst found. Severe lower back and r leg pain. What q should I ask the doctor tomorrow?

Had MRI on lumbar spine, tarlov cyst found. Severe lower back and r leg pain. What q should I ask the doctor tomorrow?

Leg pain: Tarlov cysts a commonly seen on mris. They often do not cause pain. Typically there is something else going on that causes pain such as a disc or arthritis pinching a nerve-which is a good question for your doc. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Not at all: Localized swelling in a limb implies that there is a local inflammatory reaction going on or possibly a vascular block a pinched nerve, however, will cause pain, numbness, and tingling. Some people describe a feeling as if they were swollen but swelling does not actually occur in a localized area as you are describing. ...Read more

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Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible ?

Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible ?

Yes: Chronic sciatica can cause not only numbess but also weakness and with time atrophy. Unfortunately, sometimes even with surgery to decompress the nerve, the weakness and atrophy may still persist. These type of findings may be a good indication for surgery. ...Read more

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I have pain on running & anterior tilted pelvis & lordosis.Leg laterally rotated & no lumbar spine reversal on forward flexion.What could be the cause?

Back pain: You may need to adjust your exercise regimen to low impact exercises such as a recumbent bicycle or elliptical machines. See a physiatrist or spine surgeon for guidance on the best exercises for your back problems. ...Read more

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What is a "mildly thick-walled fluid collection involving the dorsal paaraspinal soft tissue (MRI of lumbar spine) Can this cause pain in leg, buttock?

Can cause pain: however what it is is another matter. What you describe could be an abscess. Dorsal places it at a location of synovial cyst. It is best to discuss the findings with your doctor to plan your next step in treatment. ...Read more

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Several herniated discs in lumbar spine causing numbness in both legs, buttocks and back. Will pt correct this? Tried pt 3yrs ago. Do again?

Several herniated discs in lumbar spine causing numbness in both legs, buttocks and back. Will pt correct this?  Tried pt 3yrs ago. Do again?

Ortho or Neuro: Get an ortho or neuro consult and follow their directives. Best of luck to you. Your case is too complex to handle in this's forum. ...Read more

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Suffering frm back pain since 2 yrs - which goes down to legs shivering, MRI done - result- STRAIGHTENING OF LUMBAR SPINE, SACROILITIS plz help?

Suffering frm back pain since 2 yrs - which goes down to legs shivering, MRI done - result- STRAIGHTENING OF LUMBAR SPINE, SACROILITIS plz help?

You are going 2 need: A complete medical analysis for this one, I'm afraid the internet won't be much help. The first thing that I think of when I hear your imaging findings is an inflammatory auto immune disorder. I suggest that you see a general internist to begin your evaluation. A pain specialist will also be very helpful. Once you know what is causing this, then you can set about treating the cause. Best to you ! ...Read more

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Is severe nerve root with paralysis of the inner left leg, and big toe paraylis surgicaly repairable. L4 L5 lumbar spine?

Is severe nerve root with paralysis of the inner left leg, and big toe paraylis surgicaly repairable. L4 L5 lumbar spine?

Radiculopathy: You don't mention what surgical procedure you've had previously, but an l4-5 entrapment would effect the lower extremity and not the thigh. That level would be l2-3. Assuming you've had the MRI you need of the lumbar spine, i'm surprised you haven't had an implanted stimulator to address the pain. Paralysis of muscle groups can become permanent if the entrapment persists long enough. ...Read more

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Got suspected spondylolythesis in lumbar spine. Pain in back of legs and bottom. What will they do for this? And I am now experiencing aching in hips?

Got suspected spondylolythesis in lumbar spine. Pain in back of legs and bottom. What will they do for this? And I am now experiencing aching in hips?

Spondylolisthesis: Means slippage of the spine, and often occurs at l4-5. That level can give you 'referred pain' to your hips; we call it 'referred pain' as there is no real nerve connection, but an unstable l4-5 seems to give many patients 'peri-pelvic tenderness'. Have yourself evaluated by an ortho-spine doc with upright xrays and a good exam, and go from there. ...Read more

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Dr. Nolan Segal
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Leg Pain (Definition)

Leg pain is a clinical finding that can occur with exercise, injury, arthritis, infection, ...Read more