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Sciatica that is changing

scoutsscout Posts: 3
Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm a 42 year old female with a herniated disc at the L5 S1. I have been having sciatic pain in the left leg all the way down to my foot for awhile. I have had 2 epidurals (did not work) and PT. The last couple of days I have noticed that my right leg is now tingling from the knee down and I have that icy cold feeling on my inner thighs, rear and genital area.

My orthopedist did not seem too alarmed by this but did say I should see a neurosurgeon to talk about surgery options. I called xyz Spine Clinic today because they are supposed to be the best and they can't see me until FEB 19th! Does this seem long? I'm really concerned about where my numbness has spread to. I haven't had any urinary or bowel issues but I'm still a little scared.

Has anyone had any experience with this?


Post edited to remove name of medical facility. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team
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  • Soham712SSoham712 Posts: 3
    edited 02/03/2014 - 9:06 AM
    The only time you actually should start worrying is if the pain keeps increasing gradually or if the numbness is way too much. I too have it on my right side of the leg cos of L5-S1 and at times I feel the same tingling effect on my left leg too, but for me I know that it is because of L4-L5 and its nothin compared to pain on the right side. Please do not take any bowel-urine issues lightly. Might sound weird but please Google for sujok or find sujok practitioner and visit him/her once. I have been on steroids,lyrica,gabapantin,myoril but maximum relief I have got is with the help of sujok. Give it a try cos I do understand the dilemma you have right now. God bless. Recover soon :)
  • I actually went to see a neurosurgeon and he was concerned with the amount of nerve problems I was having because my herniation was centrally located and not that severe. I also have some weakness in my left arm that I thought was from Bursitis but he didn't seem to think so. He is referring me to a neurologist to get a EMG. Yikes! This sounded tortuous so I begged him to get a full back MRI to see if I had neck issues and if my original herniation has gotten worse. I really really don't won't to do the EMG. I'm going tomorrow for my MRI.
    jeanne mcdonough
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    than the EMG is the best diagnostic test to do that.

    It is not a difficult test to go through. A little pinch and some electrical jolts that last less than a second.

    I will not deceive you. There are some EMG tests that can be a bit more uncomfortable. I have had at least 6 different EMG tests done. The ones I had done on my legs were the more difficult ones. That is because the probe is a bit larger and the electrical stimulation is somewhat more intense. But again, its over in a second.

    So, if you really want to know to what extent you have nerve damage, step up and take the test.

    Take a look at this article and video provided by Spine-Health:
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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