Hi, I am a new member to this forum and am really helping someone can offer me advice/may have/be experiencing similar symptoms to myself. I noticed a numbness appearing down my right leg, that then travelled across my foot, culminating in my right toe, whilst driving five years ago. This numbness means that I can not feel the pedals properly and know how much pressue I am exerting on the pedal. Also my foot stars to slip off the pedal and I have to look down to know where my foot is!! The problem first occured when I was in the late stages of pregnancy. The numbness always starts with a cramping sensation in my right buttock. I also find it uncomfortable to lie on my right side (lower hip) to a varying degree. An EMG study identified mild weakness on the right hand side. These findings were thought to be consistent with a right L5 radiculpathy and needed to be confirmed with an MRI scan. I was turned down for funding for an open Mri scan (they are now only available for the clinically obesis) not claustrophobics!! I suffer from severe clautsrophobia and did not manage to stay in the scanner for the full lenght of time needed so part of the results were visible. The scan showed a bulging disc on the left hand side but nothing on the right to account for the numbness I experience. As I am 43 and have had firbrositis in my shoulders since I was 17 and narrowing of the discs etc. all the things to be expected from an aging spine the bulging disc is not a surpise! I do suffer from lower bache ache which I am guessing is radiating from this left hand bulge, however it is an ache and not pain and is controllable with exercise. The back ache has certainly improved as my young children have got older. I was told the left hand bulge would not be causing the symptoms on the right hand side. I have had two lots of Physiotherapy on the NHS which were useful but did nothing to improving the numbness. I was also prescribed Gabopentin, which had emblazened accross the box " do not dirve" on these tablets!!!!I have now been referred to a surgeon who is suggesting an operation which is 60-70% effective in improving chronic pain (lamonectomy). I have two young children and the recovery time for the operation is not something that is feasible at this time. However, pain is not my problem. Numbness and a weakness in my leg is the problem when I am driving. My right toe is permanently numb all the time but this does not cause me a problem outside of the car. Clearly it is the postion of driving and flexing of the foot that is ageravating the problem (my surgeon is not a bliever in piriformis and does not see this as a consideration). It is my understanding from reading this site and others that surgery is a last resort after non evasive tecniques have been tried. As I AM NOT in pain and I know how lucky I am not to be and I have a good quality of life, apart from the problems caused by not being able to drive safely, I am very reluctant to go down the surgery route. I understand seeing a chiropractor, injections and spinal cord stimulations but all be options to try. None of these have been suggested to be my the doctors I have seen and I have made the suggestions to them. I feel very cheated that because of the length of time this problem has gone on for I am concerned that any nerve damage/compression might now be permenant. The first consultant I saw said that I did not need to have an MRI scan as the results of this would only be needed if an operation were to be a consideration, which he said it was not. Several years on and another opinion suggests otherwise. Does anyone else out there suffer from lower back ache and numbness down the leg and foot when driving but is otherwise not in pain?!!! Also, how easy is it to see a Chiropractor on the NHS? If money were not issue, I would of course, tried this on a private basis, years ago! I have always tried to stay positive, but there have been periods over the last few years when I have felt very down about this problem as it is effecting my ability to drive sately and confidently and of course this had had a big impact on my life and that of my familiy. Any experiences/advie would be welcome, thanks.