Cervical spondylitis affecting legs

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i was diagnosed with OA of the neck 3 years ago, since then it has spread to my left shoulder and arm, I have not bothered to go back to the doctor because all they say is "it's old age (75) and wear and tear.

but recently I have felt a weakness in my legs and have stumbled 3 times in the last 2 weeks, someone tells me that it could be due to the OA.

i was wondering if anyone else has experienced this.


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    Hi Max,

     Yes my original symptoms were actually in my feet (oddly cold) and then I felt strange muscle aches especially behind my right knee.  I had several doctors tell me the level in my cervical spine could not cause that and others say it's possible, they personally knew people.  I guess my take away is once you mess with nerves, it can potentially cause problems anywhere.  

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    Oh yes definitely. But you really should see your doctor and if they don't offer treatment options then find a different doctor. For me, epidural and transforaminal steroid injections in cervical spine and lumbar spine help for 6-8 months and you deserve to manage your pain and clumsiness. Yes my issues are also in my arms and feet and legs even though originating in my spine.

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    Same here, c/s with spondyllosis and myolepathy at c4567. I also have bladder problems, difficulty urinating, and now both legs very heavy and clumsy. Nothing to do with your neck was also my neurosurgeons reply.

    I had to go to urology specialist and have 5 intrusive tests done only to find out that my bladder spyncter was spasmming involuntarily due to spinal cord being pinched at cervical levels.

    I have to be very careful not to put any stress or strain on my neck, shoulders and upper spine as I cannot have an operation because multi level fusion is not possible because of extra stress on remaining vertebrae.


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      thanks very much for your reply, I also have trouble urinating and have again been told by my doctor that it is an an age thing.

      i don't really know where to go from here, I think if I was younger I would push harder for some solution.


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    Hi max,

    The trouble with a lot of medical practitioners is that they will insist on knowing your body better than you.

    I had an accident at work which left me disabled, as soon as I stood up after falling from a ladder and hitting right side of head I noticed I had lost all strength of upper limbs. I went on the Internet researching my many symptoms and told my wife that I have cervical spine problems especially spinal cord.

    After 13 months and X rays mris ct scans and nerve conductivity tests the medical professionals reached the same conclusion.

    Go to your GP and ask for a referral to the Urology clinic, if you manage to get an appointment a small tip:make sure you wash/bathe yourself and clean underwear, you will be seen by 2 nurses and the stories they told me about the mess that some patients turn up in would set your teeth on edge.


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    Hi max I am female had OA in my neck since I was in my early 20,s cracks creaks always and has feels like it going to snap. They told me them it will worsen as I got older which it has , I always avoided trying to take painkillers etc I just got in with. It 😢... I am 53 this year I had MRI 2 years ago and lots of other x rays as I was having Terrible lower back hip knee pain for years , the results were

    x arthritis / calcaneal spur.

    :T23/L1 diffuse disk bulging. indentation of the cal sac.

    :Schmorks nodes at multiple levels.

    :L4/5 disc bulging.

    :Ligamenta flags hypertrophy & facet joint degenerative causing mild/ moderate canal narrowing Both forming show moderate narrowing due to disc bulging and osteophytes.

    :L5/s1 disc bulging , left forming moderate narrowing due to disc extending into formina.

    :The right forming shows narrowing disks .

    :There are modic type 2 changes around this disc.

    :Several vestigial disks noted within the sacrum spine.

    :XR pelvis degenerative change in both hips appearance of :Femoro acetabular impingement.

    steoarthritis in spine , both knees & hips & foot , 1st metatarsal.


    Now my knees feel like I have weights on them and and I feel as though from my waist down to my feet is weak, this is also the OA ... they give me Arcoxia which really does help but I can only take it 10 consecutive max, then told I have to have a break

    So basically I can have 10 in a lot less pain which is good but then back to normal with usual pain 😢😢

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    Yes, I too experience problems with my legs. The Neurosurgeon didn't want to hear anything about my bottom half, I will not return to him. I am going to take my 2 MRI cervical & lumbar and go to UCSF! They have a great team there! 


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