right leg feels like cold from the inside like I held it in ice and then removed it. Not really a tingle or numb. Can feel when touched.

Right leg feels cold

Woke with a stiff neck. Couldn't turn to the left even a 1/2 inch without using hands. Painful. Had complete mobility to the right. That lasted 24 hours. Had almost complete mobility to the left the next day with little reminder pain. Noticed slight cold/numb feeling in right foot and it has since spread to encompass the ankel, shin,and thigh (not groin just front to outside to center back thigh). Through it all I have had use of both arms with no pain.

The big question is whether there is any connection between the stiff neck and your cold leg. I suspect they are two disparate conditions.

Is your leg actually cold to the touch? If your spouse compares the legs, are they different in temperature? If so, it's a vascular condition and you shouldn't delay, get to your doctor immediately. It could be a clot, or a condition called claudication, an aneurism... don't delay.

You don't give your age, but if you are elderly, it's possible you have "cervical stenosis' a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck that can affect the spinal cord and cause bizarre conditions in the lower limbs. It's not common.

Then a most uncommon brain condition when one of the cerebellar tonsils descends into the foramen magnum causing both neck and distal problems. That is VERY rare, but should be kept in mind.

All in all, I would begin with a good medical examination. Today.

Let us know what transpires.

Dr B

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Sep 23, 2014
cold inside legs
by: Anonymous

I have the cold on the inside feeling also.
Not a spine alignment problem. THe skin on the outside is fine.
Takes about 3 hours at night to warm up then I can sleep. It only happens at night.

Hello Anon,
Clinically what's needed is actually fairly simple; do you have posterior tibial and dorsalis pedis pulses. Your chiropractor or doctor can test that; if in doubt have a doppler test done.

What you can do is go for a brisk walk before going to bed.

Let us know what happens.

Dr B

Apr 27, 2012
Immediatework attention
by: Anonymous

The coldness in your leg more than likely is from lack of circulation I'm not a doctor but defenitly needs attention I went through a series of cold spots and my left arm was like it was dipped in a bucket of ice water I'm lucky to be alive since then make an appointment today best wishes.

I agree, better safe than sorry.

Dr B

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