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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May 24, 2017
by: Anonymous MB

My right leg only is that way and also goes numb when I lay on it. Also have noticed a bulge on my lower back when pushed on or rubbed sends me to tears.

Hello MB,
Lying flat on your back, ask your partner to first lift your left leg, remembering the pull in your leg, and then dorsiflex the foot; normal is a good strong pull that is not painful.

Now repeat with the naughty leg; is there a significant difference? In the lower back, or the leg, or both?

That bulge in the lower back calls for an x-rays for starters.

Dr B

Apr 30, 2017
leg being in the cold
by: Chase

The thigh of my leg is numb is certain spots and is feeling cold on the inside like I just came in from the outside; it feels like it was exposed to freezing weather; it's my right leg it is been going on for a couple days; now it's starting to hurt a little.

Hello Chase,
This could be vascular or neurological; it's obviously getting worse so it times to have your leg examined.

Dr B

Feb 02, 2017
Cold left leg
by: Anonymous

I woke Friday with my lower back hurting; Saturday it seemed ok, Sunday woke up in severe pain, now my left leg is numb and I have cold spots on the lower part of my left leg; I can't get it to warm up, I'm a truck driver so I can't always get to the doctor although I should be home tomorrow afternoon and I'm thinking a trip to the emergency room.

Because of the constant vibration, truck drivers suffer from a higher incidence of lower back pain. You are getting sciatica, and it needs to be taken seriously; no sitting for a week is one of the rules.

If it's getting better with your doc's treatment, well and good; eitherwise start hunting for an experienced chiropractor.

Dr B

Mar 21, 2016
Leg cold and numb.
by: Judith

My leg feels numb but I can feel it when touched.
Same leg is cold inside, also outside to the touch.
A tingling feeling in the same leg would explain the numbness better.
Thank you.

You can put with lower back pain for a period, but when it starts to affect your leg, it's better to have it professionally examined. There are dozens of possibilities.

Dr B

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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