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What causes my leg pain?

RuLaiRRuLai Posts: 5
I had an injury on my  thoracic spine two years ago.   Now my lumbar and cervical spine also have problems. 

Right now, my legs would be painful after I stand up from prolonged sitting.      When I stand up, I would feel leg muscle are tight, and walking would be painful.  The position of pain are never the same and they are not symmetrical, which makes walking awkward.  When it was bad,  calves would feel very tight.   Squatting was uncomfortable because of the tightness of calves. 

I then discovered the chair matters.  If I sit on anti-gravity chair where the pressure is more evenly distributed,  there is no leg pain after standing up.  But I can't sit on an anti-gravity chair and work on my computer.  Right now, I have my normal task chair lowered, which means my feet are firmly planted on the ground, so the pain is not as severe when the chair was higher and the thighs were more compressed.  

I've researched on the possible causes of my leg pain, and I can't find anything similar.  I might have Parkinson disease because of other suspicious symptoms,  although there is no diagnosis yet.  

Do you think my leg pain is caused by spinal problems, Parkinson disease or both?


  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 448
    Hello RuLai,
    There are no doctors giving advice here, only people with similar experiences.  Your first stop for a diagnosis should be your doctor's office.  They can connect you with an appropriate specialist or order diagnostic tests.  Do you engage in any exercise that helps for your discomfort?  
  • I have been to my primary doctor and we are still trying to figure out what's wrong with my legs. I thought you guys may know something we don't know. 

    I'm exercising 30 minutes a day. I've tried many different forms of exercise.  I know bouncing is not good for my spine, even though I have a strong desire to bounce.  It seems that hiking is good for me.

    I do have spinal problems.  I just don't know my leg pain is a typical manifestation of spinal problems. 
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  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 459
    Hi there, Rulai, 

    Have you checked out a dermatomes map? If it's a spine issue, you may be able to get some help tracking it down using the map. Just enter dermatomes map on Google and choose images. 

    At the very least, it is very interesting. 

    Take care, 
    Sara :) 
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,509
    edited 08/14/2016 - 4:45 PM
    Sara makes a good suggestion, but I suspect that the problem is that your spine injury is not in a typical place for leg pain.   For that reason, discuss the possibility of inflammation or a disc pressing against your spinal cord.

    Please read my story - link below in my signature.  I had leg/foot pain as well as pelvis/hip pain.  The cause was cervical stenosis (so even higher than yours).


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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