It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board

  • 3 Weeks Post-Op & Foot Goes Numb

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 10-16-2004, 05:57 AM   #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date: Sep 2004
    Posts: 121
    wdmoor HB User
    3 Weeks Post-Op & Foot Goes Numb

    Is anyone having this experience? 3 weeks after ACDF my left foot goes numb and tingly whenever I sit upright. As I'm typing my foot is going numb right now; it's very disconcerting. I have ACDF on my neck and my foot goes. What's up with that?

    Bending over is still feels like a big hand is squeezing my throat shut. I can deal with that but the foot makes me nervous. Thanks.

    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 10-16-2004, 08:29 AM   #2
    Join Date: Oct 2003
    Location: canada
    Posts: 369
    nero HB User
    Re: 3 Weeks Post-Op & Foot Goes Numb

    If you had an ACDF you probably had it for the pain it was eliciting on a nerve and more than likely affecting the spinal cord with some kind of compression related to the disc herniation, spurs, or just by the fact that it inflates and deflates and some pictures would graphically show this.

    In other words, your foot is clearly (assuming you have no lumbar herniation with cord interference) responding to the cord damage it suffered.

    Question as to why this, why now is very complex. I too had so much leg and foot interference ie. numbness, tingling, lazy foot causing tripping up stairs, that it was clearly from the spinal cord compression. However, when mine went beyond that to muscle spasms, that seemed clearly familiar, like how my neck herniation acted on my chest muscles and shoulders so this led me to get an MRI of my lumbar; I had a disc herniation which was rectified with a microdiskectomy.

    My point being that much of what you feel is clearly correlated to your neck and its damage to the cord or the adjacent nerves. There is a condition called l'hermittia which is an old, old, term for the dr. who investigated and discovered that the electrical shock and tingling, numbness and pain you get in your feet can come from you neck problem simply because of the affects to the cords.

    So don't despair ... move around when it sets you up for a numb foot, try to change the mechanics of how you sit and how long you sit there and try to focus on the other good you feel as a result of the surgery.

    I am having recurring problems almost a year post op from two surgeries (acdf and lumbar microdisectomy) and I am NO EXPERT, but I have had such bizarre symptoms that are truly scientifically explainable thank god that I do what I can around them to have some kind of a life.

    Don't get too intimidated and take whatever meds within reason give you relief... if necessary ... and get on this board to ask, ask, ask all the questions to you need to feel comfortable with your dealing with.

    Nearly new Nero

    Old 10-16-2004, 11:14 AM   #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date: Sep 2004
    Posts: 121
    wdmoor HB User
    Re: 3 Weeks Post-Op & Foot Goes Numb

    Thanks Nero, I appreciate your message. Bill

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Sciatica pain starting 3 weeks after discectomy... Chazz Back Problems 12 07-07-2013 12:25 PM
    Post nasal drip? chook439 Acid Reflux / GERD 5 04-12-2011 09:38 AM
    2 weeks post-bunionectomy armykat Foot & Ankle Problems 19 04-06-2008 04:00 PM
    spotting for 3 weeks janet11343 Menopause 18 12-10-2007 10:45 AM
    Late miscarriage 17 weeks deeflynn Miscarriage & Still Birth 14 11-21-2007 12:10 AM
    3 Weeks at 100% neddy Inner Ear Disorders 17 08-20-2006 10:25 PM
    Four Weeks Post ACDF C5/6 - Ouch! (?) acdfouch Spinal Cord Disorders 258 06-02-2006 01:41 PM
    my hopes baby passed at ten weeks...couldn't believe what i was seeing gretchie35 Miscarriage & Still Birth 15 03-03-2006 11:03 AM
    four weeks post nucleoplasty pain aerorules Back Problems 20 01-26-2004 11:06 AM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:22 PM.

    2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!