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Dr. Bob, Neurologist (MD)
Category: Neurology
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Experience:  Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience
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Have had weakness and legs go blue cold to touch very

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Have had weakness and legs go blue cold to touch very painful have some left hand side weakness in left side of body and mussel spasms loss of energy had 2head mri all clear had neck mri scan came bk with mild degenerative changes to c5/6 with subtle with subtle encroachment onto the left c5/6 root exit foramina is this any thing to wory about and could it be happening further down spine as well gone from healthy 42 year old with ADHD to house bound on some days
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hi Eleanor. The cervical spine controls the head, neck and arms. The encroachment on the left at C5/6 might give you some problems in the left upper arm such as pain, tingling, weakness, but is nothing to worry about in general. It can be followed and surgically corrected if it were to become severe. It would not explain symptoms in your legs. This could be from spinal stenosis or encroachment of the nerve roots in the lumbar (lower) spine, so an mRI there might also be helpful. You should also consider a possible vascular cause such as claudication. Sometimes this can also be fixed by bypassing any obstuctions in the arteries to the legs. You should also ask for a work up for a rheumatologic cause (e.g. Raynaud's, arteritis) or a referral to a rheumatologist, as this type of problem can usually be treated and/or managed as well.