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Possible continued back problem?
An_239454 posted:
I had disc surgery in 2001. After the surgery my lower left leg has always numb. On occasion since the surgery I would awaken with what feels like the start of a Charlie Horse but much much deeper. Last night I woke up 4 times with this pain ( very severe) - you could see the nerve moving in my leg - you could see a nerve or something on the front/top of my foot - you could see that pulsing as well. This time my veins were popping out in my foot and going up my leg. The pain is very severe but only for about 15 minutes. I am not sure if this has to do with my back? And should I be concerned?
davedsel57 responded:

I'm sorry to read of the problems you are having. The only way to really know what is going on is to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. There is a Tip I created at the top of this community that lists the recommended steps for diagnosing and treating back pain.

You should start with your primary doctor and see if h/she feels you need to see a spine specialist again or another type of specialist.

Please update us after you have seen your doctor.

I pray you can get the relief you need soon.
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sue0665 replied to davedsel57's response:
Thanks Dave - I have learned to live with it but last night scared more a little - you can still see the veins that had popped out - not like last night but faintly
Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
You should have a repeat MRI of your back with gadolinium (contrast) to see whats going on.
Dr Ben-Yishay
jessrasm responded:
have the exact same time going on in my calf and foot.....did the dr. ever find out whats causing it?
hopingtoheal responded:
just had L4 fusion with bolts and braces on both side ever since the surgery my right leg is swollen and kinda numb its been 2 months

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