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Tingling/Numbness in Legs and Feet

I have tingling or occasionally numbness in my legs and feet, both of them. My diagnosis is juvenile disc disorder with the problems around T11-L1 (mid back). I have had a thoracic CT scan and a lumbar xray. The x ray was clean. I recently had a look at the dermatome map and from that I gathered that since my tingling/numbness goes right to the toes it is probably coming from the L5 region, which is strange because I don't know of any problems there. I know I can't ask for medical advice or a definitive answer but I'm just wanting others thoughts. Could my problems in the mid back cause the leg symptoms or is it an indication of a problem lower in the spine? What type of problem causes tingling or numbness? I don't have any leg pain just pain from mid back to upper buttocks. Again I'm only looking for personal opinions not medical advice. I will ask my doctor when I see him next. Thanks :)


  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 04/07/2014 - 4:16 PM
    I know the feeling but most of my problems are in my lower spine. Have you had an MRI of that area?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Nope. I've had an xray of my lower spine and a CT scan of my upper back. Up till now I've only seen my GP about this. Here, you need a referral from a specialist to get any sort of reimbursement for the MRI. Otherwise you need to pay about $300. I've got an appointment with a pain specialist on 5th of June. I'm guessing he'll probably order one straight off the bat.
  • But I have low back issues & I get tingling and/or numbness in my legs occasionally. All from a pinched nerve(s) from my understanding. Once you have your MRI, you will know about your lower back.

    Have you had an EMG test? That could be helpful in diagnosing this too.

    Seems like most people take neurontin or Lyrica for nerve pain, & seems about 50/50 on which one works, if at all. I tried neurontin, & it didn't help, & the side effects were nasty, so that was that.

    Let us know what your dr says
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
  • mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 307
    edited 04/07/2014 - 7:42 PM
    I haven't had an EMG, no. I'm taking Cymbalta 120mg for depression. I have been on that since before the back pain started so it's possible it is covering up some of the symptoms. I just went out for a walk with the dog and was thinking.. My right leg feels quite different to the left and I favour it slightly. It feels hard and tight,strong and the left leg feels weaker, looser and softer. Do you guys experience this?
  • I get the numbness, tingly feeling in my feet and legs. I also use to have some serious creepy crawly sensations in my legs and feet but after starting Neurontin 600mg's X3 daily, the crawling sensation has diminished by probably 50-60%, it's still there but not as severe by any means. The numbness and tingly feeling has been there for quiet awhile now & is getting worse as time goes-I just recently had and MRI of my lumbar area and problems were shown at L1-L2 and at L5-S1. If you haven't had an MRI, now may be a good time to try and get one, especially if you are feeling weakness. Take care mcjimjam :-)
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