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Can neuroforaminal compromise on left side with impingement exiting L5 nerve roots cause imbalance?

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Posted on Thu, 5 Oct 2017
Question: Can I ask if you have a moderate degree of neuroforaminal compromise worse on left side with possible impingment of both exiting L5 nerve roots. Can this affect your walking and balance? Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
VERY RARE POSSIBILITY

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Thank you for posting the question.
I have gone through your medical history in detail.

Moderate amount of neuroforaminal compromise with impingement of nerve roots should cause some amount of pain and/or tingling numbness in the back and legs.

It should not cause difficulty in walking or imbalance unless the disease is quite old one with severe impingement/compression of the nerve roots or thecal sac.

Other causes of imbalance like brain disorders,cerebellar ataxia,small brain affections,motor neuron disease etc should be ruled out.

You should consult a neurophysician and get electromyography and nerve conduction velocities of the lower limbs done to come to exact diagnosis.

You can share the MRI report here so that i can guide you better.

I hope the answer was useful.

Feel free to ask me any follow up queries that you may have.

Thank you.
Kind regards.

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Can neuroforaminal compromise on left side with impingement exiting L5 nerve roots cause imbalance?

Brief Answer: VERY RARE POSSIBILITY Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting the question. I have gone through your medical history in detail. Moderate amount of neuroforaminal compromise with impingement of nerve roots should cause some amount of pain and/or tingling numbness in the back and legs. It should not cause difficulty in walking or imbalance unless the disease is quite old one with severe impingement/compression of the nerve roots or thecal sac. Other causes of imbalance like brain disorders,cerebellar ataxia,small brain affections,motor neuron disease etc should be ruled out. You should consult a neurophysician and get electromyography and nerve conduction velocities of the lower limbs done to come to exact diagnosis. You can share the MRI report here so that i can guide you better. I hope the answer was useful. Feel free to ask me any follow up queries that you may have. Thank you. Kind regards.