Tingling in my right foot last few days


Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this. About 2 weeks ago I hurt my neck pretty bad lifting some furniture and was having numbness and tingling in my right arm and shoulder with occasional pain in my legs.

I recently went to a Neurologist and the MRI of my Cervical Spine came back showing I have 3 bulging discs in my neck with some nerve damage.

The thing that scares me is that over the last 2 days I have been having tingling in my right foot which doesn't equate to a neck issue. I have severe OCD and anxiety with many recurring unwanted thoughts so even though My Drs.and friends in the medical field have said it is not MS I am very scared why my foot is tingling.

Can this be a side effect of my constant anxiety? Can you offer any advice?

Thank you so much and God Bless

Hello Sean,
Face these issues, square on. Being an ostrich just leads to other problems.
Firstly, MS really isn't common, but yes, let your doctors keep it in mind, but for you in some back corner!

Do you have any lower back pain? If so, that's the most likely cause of the tingling in your leg, not uncommon after moving furniture.

A very large bulge in the neck, or cervical stenosis in older folk (you don't mention your age), can affect the cord directly, and thus the legs, but really it's VERY rare. And the neurologist would have seen it.

The hard part about MRI bulges is that there's oodles of research showing that quite normal people have bulging discs. But if you have tingling in your arm, then it needs to be considered. Do movements of your neck hurt in the arm?

As C-H, type Upper Limb Tension Test into the box. Do the test. Does it provoke pain and tingling in the naughty arm?

Seen an experienced chiro? This isn't straight forward stuff, I wouldn't go to the guy with the biggest advert. Ask your doc for a name. This really is stuff we treat on a daily basis. Not always successfully, a slipped disc in the neck is one of the more painful and difficult conditions for all the folk in the field treating neck pain.

Good luck,

Dr B

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

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