... and calf were almost twice their normal size last night and it was very worrying. I read stenosis can cause this. I tried ice and also even taking a short walk to reduce the swelling. I am on a low salt diet and did not change anything. That same leg today is cramping and starting to swell again. Do any of you know about this? The swelling went down somewhat over night but is still there, in only ONE leg! Thanks for any answers! may relief find us all. I have to go the PT for the first time today and see what she says as well. hugs!
You need to see your doctor as soon as possible. Do not walk when a leg is swelled or swelling. You could be have a phlebitis or blood clot problem. Keep the leg raised above the heart level until you can get in to the doctor. If the pain is severe, go to the ER. I haven't read where stenosis can cause leg swelling. Infact, it can cause athropy (sp) of the leg muscles & make the leg smaller...
As a healthcare professional the fact that you have leg swelling and cramping on only one leg puts red flags up for me. This can only be caused by something circulatory. You might have a deep vein thrombosis which can be serious or fatal if it breaks loose. I am no doctor and you should consult with one but I would get it looked at quickly. usually if it is neurological in nature, unless it is caused by some sort of trauma, acute swelling with pain or cramping can signal a D.V.T. If you flex your foot up towards your head and get pain in your calf, that is what is called a positive homan's sign which could be a D.V.t. I would really go see you doctor if it is still there, no since playing around with it. It is easily treated. Let me know if I can be of any other help, Good luck, God bless, peace...
I have had 2 mri on legs, and xrays, that show nothing but swelling and a small cyst behind left knee but I also have very restricted movement in left leg with pain and swelling. Can't lift leg above about 5 inches and can't bend it enough to put socks on or wash feet. I have had shin split pain and lack of movement since taking antibiotic called levaquin. I have also been through 3 rounds of pt with 3 different specialists. Fingers and hands go to sleep all the time. Anyone have any answers?
When I first posted this I asked any information. Now the Emergency go to your dr hospital okay if its a first event of it . Its not not by any means. But I went no clots no high bp , perfectly fine in every aspect except swelling of my left foot ankle and calf. Now to add to this I tore my L3 and L4 also herniated both 6 yrs ago workers comp so never repaired. Pain is what your mind and body agree on and to what extent. Ive described it as being hit by a baseball bat full swing into the small of my back. Some days I can walk some is in a wheelchair. It varies. The swelling though happens in the spring routinely 1-2 months of it and then goes away almost over night. Its so routine my dr has dates marked as to when it starts and when it ends. No change in physical activity around these dates, just weather. This years attempt to alleviate the pain was nerve burning total waste of time and money. Then as the nerves grew back the pain was 100 fold worse than to begin with.
To explain nature of original injury I was using a gas leaf blower that virtually exploded mid waist. I landed on a concrete sidewalk, when I came to my legs both felt as if on fire but we not. Ive had permanent weakness in my left leg haven't felt my toes beyond pins and needles since but big toe I can maintain some balance. I walk with a cane, without it is a matter of feet , bad days its in a chair. sleep is 3-4 hrs in a group several times a day I can sit but only supported , prone is painful standing very pain full to the degree I pant to breath. Havent had one answer past the panicked its a blood clot .
This is late but I have left calf pain and swelling after my car accident in Sept, I had a herniated dish L5 L6 and had surgery, I been to many doctors and they all are lost to why I have the calf pain and swelling, I went to Mary free bed and got this diagnosis CRPS program, it stands for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. What used to be call RSD.
Yes I have the same problem in fact I've been trying to find out more about it. I'm so sorry you have the same problem I have but I'm so glad I found someo b e else has the same problem. I had Spinal Stenosis surgery a year ago and I'm actually worse right now. My left leg is swollen all the time and painful to. I can't go to a lot of places because I can't stand to long.
I have RA, COPD, SLeep APnea, Type II, Hashimotos. The last few weeks my right leg has been swelling, Ultrasound cleared of clots or blockages and sometiems rushing feeling
Just had MRI of back:
I have no idea what all this means but my upper back of the neck hurts ALL the time, my lowerback 70-90% of the time
This is all new to me
No idea what all this means, but if i can alleviate just a few things I would be happy: 1. Mild congenital central canal stenosis at L2-L3 and L3-L4.
2. Mild L4-L5 central canal stenosis.
MRI SPINE LUMBAR (CPT=72148)
CLINICAL INDICATION: Low back pain
TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar and multisequence MR imaging was performed through the lumbar spine using the
standard MR protocol.
FINDINGS: Vertebral bodies are normal in alignment. Vertebral body heights are well-maintained.
Conus medullaris ends at the inferior endplate of T12 with normal signal and morphology.
L2-L3: Mild congenital central canal stenosis. Patent neural foramina.
L3-L4: Mild congenital central canal stenosis. Patent neural foramina.
L4-L5: Severe bilateral facet joint hypertrophy and ligamentum flavum buckling. Diffuse posterior
disc bulge. Constellation of findings causes mild central canal stenosis. Mild bilateral neural from
L5-S1: Posterior/left paracentral annular fissure with mild protrusion. No central canal stenosis.
No neural foraminal stenosis. Mild bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.
I recently had swelling in my feet and ankles. And also had some low back issues. I went to my chiropractor about it, and he said swelling ankles and feet are common among people with lower back issues. So he had me lay on a foam wedge that was pressed against my L5 vertebrae. Along with 25lbs laid on my stomach. Within 2 minutes i had some very strange sensations moving all throughout my ankles and feet. And within 20 minutes, the swelling had gone down about 90%. One more treatment is all it took to get the feet back to normal. So yes, swelling feet and ankles can be a back issue.
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